All Kyocera devices are Japan Made. Our phones come with a Standard 2-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Kyocera International Inc.’s Communications Equipment Group (CEG) is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. With a history of quality and innovation delivering many "firsts" to the U.S. market, Kyocera is the leader in rugged mobility solutions. Launching more than 100 waterproof and rugged mobile devices globally over the last 10+ years, Kyocera strives to offer rugged, reliable technology as an integral part of a Total Mobility Solution: Combining MIL-STD 810G-certified ruggedization and enterprise-grade security with a solution partner ecosystem, industry-specific applications and innovative accessories. Kyocera’s Business Select program offers white glove services for business customers such as overnight advanced replacement, custom provisioning, repair and more. Working with leading service providers, Kyocera’s Total Solution helps deliver a significantly lower total cost of ownership to a wide range of industries such as public safety, transportation and construction. When it comes to blending performance, durability and support, Kyocera’s rugged mobile solutions are in a class of their own.  For more information, visit or follow the company at,, and

Timeline for Kyocera in the Mobile Communications Business


Kyoto Ceramics Co., Ltd. is founded in Kyoto, Japan as a company specializing in fine ceramics.


Kyocera produces what is now regarded as the world's first laptop computer, featuring file transfer via dial-up modem.


Kyocera founder, Dr. Kazuo Inamori, leads Kyocera and a group of 24 other companies to establish Japanese wireless service provider Daini Denden Kikaku Co., Ltd. (later known as DDI).


DDI commences microwave leased-line telecom services in Japan.


DDI commences public telecommunications services and prepares a plan to offer CDMA-based cellular service.


Kyocera Corp. begins production of cellular phones for the Japan market.


DDI launches Personal Handiphone System (PHS) mobile wireless networks in Tokyo and Sapporo.


Kyocera releases its first smartphone in Japan, the DataScope DS110, which also serves as a wireless modem for PC mobility.


Kyocera's DataScope DS320 features wireless monochrome videophone capability.


New headquarters building is completed in Kyoto, Japan with environmentally friendly features such as a solar power generating system.


Kyocera releases the Visual Phone VP-210, the world's first handheld, wireless color videophone.


Kyocera Wireless Corp. (now Kyocera International, Inc.) is established in California, U.S.A.


Kyocera acquires the global mobile phone business of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.


Kyocera brings waterproof phone technology to the U.S. market with the launch of the Kyocera Taho at Sprint.


Kyocera introduces proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver technology, a huge step forward in audio quality for mobile phones.


Kyocera enlists renowned adventurer, television personality and survivalist Bear Grylls as Lead Product Tester.


The Kyocera Brigadier launches as the world's first mass-market smartphone with an ultra-durable pure sapphire display.


Kyocera cell phones are now being sold by the 4 major carriers in the U.S. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile & Verizon Wireless.

Kyocera continues to be a World leader and innovator by offering consumers phones that not only fit, but also enhance their lifestyle.


Kyocera launches DuraForce PRO, the first rugged smartphone with a built-in super wide view FHD action camera for the 4 major U.S. carriers – later winning iF Design Award, Discipline Product, 2017.


Kyocera launches DuraForce PRO 2 for Verizon Wireless – later winning iF Design Award, Discipline Product, 2019.


Cumulative global shipments of Kyocera’s rugged* handsets exceeded 10 million units as of end of March.


Kyocera launches DuraXV Extreme, the ‘washable’ flip phone that can be washed using a mild dish cleaner and disinfected using alcohol (70% solution) or cleaning wipes.


Kyocera launches their first 5G ultra-rugged Android Smartphone, DuraForce Ultra 5G, on the Verizon Ultra Wideband Network.


From its humble beginnings in 1959 in Kyoto, Japan to today – with more than 78,000 employees in 308 companies in 40 countries – Kyocera is unified across generations and geographies by a core set of guiding values. Established by Kyocera's founder, Dr. Kazuo Inamori, these values are captured in the Kyocera Philosophy.

At the core of the Kyocera Philosophy is a belief that decisions should always be made through reason and based on the idea of "What is the right thing to do as a human being?" We believe in the fundamental ethical and moral values of the natural goodness of human beings. The most basic principles of humankind say "Don't be greedy," "Don't cheat people," "Don't lie," and "Be honest." For individuals and for businesses, trouble comes when decisions are based not on what is right, but what is convenient.

Contained in the Kyocera Philosophy are Dr. Inamori's "12 Management Principles" for business. These are the tactical guidelines for those at all levels making decisions on behalf of Kyocera. Of the 12 principles, it is no accident that only four are specific to business operations, while the other eight focus entirely on the character and integrity of the individual. For more than six decades, good people making the "right" decisions have led Kyocera to strong performance and even stronger reputation.

Kyocera’s Commitment to Quality

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Quality Management Systems

Kyocera International, Inc. (KII) is committed to satisfying its customers through the planning, marketing, distributing, and servicing of the highest-quality wireless products. To consistently and effectively deliver on this commitment, KII has implemented a demanding Quality Management System (QMS). Our QMS is registered to both the TL 9000 and ISO 9001 globally recognized rigorous, quality standards. TL 9000 is a telecommunications industry standard that uses fundamental ISO 9001 quality practices as a basis and then includes additional requirements specifically for the telecommunications industry. Please refer to our certificate (below) for scope and exclusions.

Download the Kyocera International, Inc. - Communications Equipment Group TL 9000 / ISO 9001 Quality Management Certificate.

Contact Us to obtain more information about our TL 9000 / ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

Environmental Management Systems

Kyocera International, Inc. (KII) embraces the principle of “harmonious coexistence,” meaning we do what’s right for the environment in which we work. We continue to look carefully at what we do, how we do it and who we entrust to work with us. At KII, protecting our environment is a part of our work culture. Our Environmental Management System (EMS) is registered to the globally recognized ISO 14001 industry standard.

Download the Kyocera International, Inc. - Communications Equipment Group ISO 14001 Certificate.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Whether it's helping our community through local programs, reducing energy consumption or creating environmentally friendly products, Kyocera International Inc., and its parent company, Kyocera Corporation, proudly demonstrate a long-standing commitment to social responsibility. We are guided by management philosophies of "harmonious coexistence" and "doing what is right as human beings." Kyocera is a steward of the environment and a contributor to the communities in which it operates.

Learn more about Kyocera's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives on the Global Kyocera website.

Commitment to Our Communities

Kyocera's commitment to its communities ranges from local to global. Locally, Kyocera is active in the business community and its employees organize projects like beach clean-ups, blood drives and e-waste recycling campaigns. At a corporate level, Kyocera supports educational, environmental, philanthropic and disaster-relief efforts with well-known organizations including the Red Cross, YMCA, United Way/CHAD and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In addition, since 1985, the Inamori Foundation, created by Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori, has recognized lifetime achievement in the arts and sciences with the annual Kyoto Prizes. Three prizes, similar in intent to the Nobel Prize, are given each year in the fields of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts & Philosophy. They are given to those who are not only top representatives of their own respective fields, but also who have contributed to humanity through their work. Get more information about the Inamori Foundation's Kyoto Prize.