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How do I ask Koodo to consider the Kyocera Duraforce Pro for its line up?


I am lookng to replace my current phone with the Kyocera Duraforce Pro which is a rugged outdoors phone. It's waterproof, crash and scratch proof and has a high contrast screen that works with gloves in the rain making it ideal for motorcycle navigation and outdoor adventure. It sells for $405. USD and Bell and Telus have carried Kyocera in the past. This phone seems too good to be overlooked. Also great phone for construction as it has very loud speakers and is push to talk.

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Not to say it can't happen or shouldn't but is there something keeping you from getting it through another channel?
Goran wrote:

Not to say it can't happen or shouldn't but is there something keeping you from getting it throug...

The phone is only available in the US or EU so warranty and customer service is an issue. The phone has a 2 year warranty. Ultimately I may have to go that route but I would prefer to have local service and support. I am hoping to find a channel in Telus/Koodo to encourage having this phone in the line up. Tomtom and Garmin are loosing ground to Google and Open maps.org and this is an all in one solution at a much better price. No other cell phone has the features that this one does so I  see a market opportunity that is being missed. If you check out the features I think you'll agree. Tom's hardware did a good review and I found this phone on a motorcycle adventure blog.
http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ultra-rugged-kyocera-phones-gps-smartphones-my-guide.1206076/
Any help would be appreciated.
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Goran wrote:

Not to say it can't happen or shouldn't but is there something keeping you from getting it throug...

Telus has the Sonim XP7. It's the same kind of rugged phone as this one you are inquiring about. https://www.telus.com/en/ns/mobility/phones/sonim-xp7?linktype=nav
Goran wrote:

Not to say it can't happen or shouldn't but is there something keeping you from getting it throug...

The Sonim is a dog by comparison and so is the Cat. Old android and low res cameras etc. and more expensive. The Kyocera is the best of this breed. Not perfect but better than anything else.
Goran wrote:

Not to say it can't happen or shouldn't but is there something keeping you from getting it throug...

Also has a Sapphire screen which seems to be totally scratch proof.
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You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this phone. So I would consider getting it from other channels.
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Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

Kyocera may have decided not to release the phone to Canada, as well. It would not be the first phone available in other markets but not here.

Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

Kyocera US directed me to Telus or Bell as the Canadian partner/seller of Kyocera products. Bell still lists an older version of this phone but it is very out of date. It's equivalent to the Sonim but cheaper. Android 4.. 16 GB. I don't see the point of buying old tech. The duraforce pro is android 6 and 32 GB. Not the latest but it still miles better.
Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

So how do I get the message to Telus/koodo that this is a worthy product to include in their line up?
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Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

So how do I get the message to Telus/koodo that this is a worthy product to include in their line up?

You can post it in the Ideas section here and on the Telus Neighbourhood.

Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

Thanks
Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

This phone is GSM  for the AT&T network and apparently HSPA/LTE. Will that work on the Telus/Bell Network?
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Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

Koodo uses HSPA 850 and 1900, and LTE 1700/2100, both of which it has so you're good.
Robert wrote:

You could suggest it as an idea, but I don't think there's much market for Koodo to sell this pho...

Many thanks

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