While Kyocera is a 'top dog' in some consumer manufacturing circles, perhaps most notably its copiers, it’s a much quieter player in the cell phone business. Though their offerings may not grab headlines for breakthrough technology, they are certainly a respectable line of well-made and reliable phones.
Kyocera was formed in 1959 and went on to become a very well regarded general consumer electronics manufacturer, but their cell phone business did not begin until early 2000 when they purchased the phone manufacturing unit of American company Qualcomm to form Kyocera Wireless.
With the exception of a handful of clamshell models and one swivel, all of Kyocera’s models are of a candy bar form factor and most are sold to CDMA carriers. Many of the models are entry level and a few offer a slightly more enhanced feature set.