Not too long ago I upgraded to a smartphone. I've been on a family plan forever, with five people being on the plan. It's not that I necessarily have anything against leading mobile carriers, but I hate the contracts and hidden fees. My husband is on a plan all his own and it's a prepaid one. He swears by it because you get the same services as you would with any carrier but it's one flat fee and he's not in a contract with anyone. I recently received the Kyocera Hydro AIR prepaid mobile phone and decided to give the whole "prepaid experience" a try for myself.
The Hydro AIR provides all of the functionality and style of more expensive devices, but touts itself as a waterproof, durable phone. The Hydro AIR has a waterproof, drop-proof and dust-proof design. I'll be honest and admit I haven't tested the waterproof theory myself. But I at least have some peace of mind that the phone probably won't go on the fritz if it does get dropped in water.
While no phone is indestructible, this one gives you the peace of mind of Military Standard 810G certification for shock and drops, and an IP5X dustproof rating. It comes ready with Google Mobile services including Google Play, Google Hangouts, Gmail and more. The phone also is equipped with a 5MP camera, Stereo Bluetooth, a memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of extra memory and a long-lasting 2300mAh Lithium ion battery supported by enhanced power-management software.
In comparison to the smartphone I recently purchased, the Hydro AIR is mostly equal. It has a lot of the features I want in a phone, including an easily seen and accessible display, a touchscreen, and both rear and front-facing camera. I like the sleek design and that it's powered by Android.
You can purchase the phone at Walmart but need to visit att.com/goactivate to set up the account. Because it is a prepaid mobile phone and there are no contract requirements, you will need to pay in advance for your services. You choose the plan, and money will be deducted from there. You can add money to your account online or with a GoPhone Refill Card, which is available at retail locations. Just be aware that you must refill your account within 60 days of balance expiration date or your account will be cancelled and you will lose your phone number. You must use all the funds before they expire, and refill your account before your current balance expires.
Free features include voicemail, 3-way calling, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Hold, and Call Forwarding. There's also text and picture messaging features. Other options, like international long distance, do cost extra. As for coverage, I've had no problems with bad reception or spottiness.
The Kyocera Hydro AIR is available at Walmart for $99 with no contract as part of AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid mobile service. To learn more, visit www.kyoceramobile.com/hydro-air.