Specs summary

Screen
No

The Kyocera Switchback's screen is Unknown with 160 x 128 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).


Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)


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Sucks but very Durable

Ive had this thing for almost a year. Yes its features suck. To be completly honest i beat the hell out of my cell phones. Mainly after getting drunk and stoned. I have droped this thing in a cup of Jack n Coke. Hit a dude in the head with it and spilled beer all over it. The damn thing keeps going. So its a give and take thing.
Ive had this thing for almost a year. Yes its features suck. To be completly honest i beat the hell out of my cell phones. Mainly after getting drunk and stoned. I have droped this thing in a cup of Jack n Coke. Hit a dude in the head with it and spilled beer all over it. The damn thing keeps going. So its a give and take thing. Less
Phonedog

The strobe does what it feels like

from Phonedog
Pro: Good texting phone. Good clarity. Con: Does what it feels like Using experience: 2 years Had one strobe for 4 months. Replaced it and now my second strobe is doing the same as my first. It turns off randomly, unlocks randomly, press the power button and calls a random number in your contacts,sw...More
Pro: Good texting phone. Good clarity. Con: Does what it feels like Using experience: 2 years Had one strobe for 4 months. Replaced it and now my second strobe is doing the same as my first. It turns off randomly, unlocks randomly, press the power button and calls a random number in your contacts,switches from vibrate to ringing mode randomly. I hate the phone. Less
Phonedog

OMG!!! Do not buy this phone!!

from Phonedog
Pro: Its a phone. Con: The battery life..everything! Using experience: 10 months This phone sucks!! Ive had three since january 2008 and now its only october. My first one just stoped workin. The other one the battery messed up. And now my screen wont show anything! And i cant get a different phone...More
Pro: Its a phone. Con: The battery life..everything! Using experience: 10 months This phone sucks!! Ive had three since january 2008 and now its only october. My first one just stoped workin. The other one the battery messed up. And now my screen wont show anything! And i cant get a different phone untill january!! The battery sucks..it only holds a charge for like 6 hours. Dont buy this phone. Less
Phonedog

This phone stinks!

from Phonedog
Pro: keyboard Con: The display stinks. no video. bulky. Using experience: 6 months I basically only use my phone for texting. I got my first one in Feb of 08 and I liked it alot until in April the screen started messing up. At first it would just freeze up for like sec, then it started distorting im...More
Pro: keyboard Con: The display stinks. no video. bulky. Using experience: 6 months I basically only use my phone for texting. I got my first one in Feb of 08 and I liked it alot until in April the screen started messing up. At first it would just freeze up for like sec, then it started distorting images. i was receiving texts upside down. And then the back light stopped working. So i got a replacement. Now (August 08) my replacement started doing the same thing. Except now both screens are black and since i cant see the screen i end up calling random people and dont know it. I've ordered another replacement but havent got it yet and its been 5 days. im angry at this phone. If it does this again im gonna have a good talk with Kyocera. Less

It's great---for a few months

Pros: Querty keyboard is great for teenagers, Good reception. Cons: Very thick. After about 8 months the screens stop connecting and the screens turn blue. This phone was great for a few months, and i really enjoyed texting, but in a year i went through 2 phones because of the same problem. My opinion: Dont get it.
Pros: Querty keyboard is great for teenagers, Good reception. Cons: Very thick. After about 8 months the screens stop connecting and the screens turn blue. This phone was great for a few months, and i really enjoyed texting, but in a year i went through 2 phones because of the same problem. My opinion: Dont get it. Less

Horrible Phone

I've had the phone about 8 months and I had the flip screen go out on me. My husband has the same phone and his flip screen go out on him in 5 months. What was most irritating was that I lost all my pictures and ringtones and the only way to save the tones and pictures was to send them to my e-mail and...More
I've had the phone about 8 months and I had the flip screen go out on me. My husband has the same phone and his flip screen go out on him in 5 months. What was most irritating was that I lost all my pictures and ringtones and the only way to save the tones and pictures was to send them to my e-mail and at 25 cents a message out of my pocket it was not worth the hassle. Less
Phonedog

The Strobe's alright.

from Phonedog
Pro: Fast texting, call clarity, good internet. Con: The screen connectors wear out easily, so it has about a year's worth of usage. Using experience: 2 years I am currently on my third model of this phone, and it's time for a new one. I got the Strobe on September 20, 2006. I'm sixteen years old, s...More
Pro: Fast texting, call clarity, good internet. Con: The screen connectors wear out easily, so it has about a year's worth of usage. Using experience: 2 years I am currently on my third model of this phone, and it's time for a new one. I got the Strobe on September 20, 2006. I'm sixteen years old, so you can imagine my delight with the Qwerty keyboard, fast texting, call clarity, internet access, etc. This phone was my pride and joy... until May rolled around. The screens stopped "talking to each other", and they both appeared blue, with no display. My mother is a technician, and the technical manager of a company who works on cell phones, towers that provide signals, etc. She looked at the phone, and then said that the connector between the screens was poor and had come loose. I got a new phone, of the same model, thinking maybe the first was just from wear-and-tear and poor handling of the phone. In July 2007, however, I dropped the phone in my pool. It was underwater for literally a second or two, and the battery quit working, and the battery wouldnt hold a charge. I got my third model of the Strobe, that month, and by May 2008, the screens stopped working again. This phone provides anywhere between 8 to 12 months of use. While I can still make calls, I can no longer see the display. This phone is very convenient, but it's not worth it's short life. Less
Phonedog

Kyrocera strobe

from Phonedog
Pro: Key pad good for texting, games- okay, small, easy to use. Con: Turns it self on/ off, freezes up Using experience: 5 months This phone is awful. i've had it since december, & i have already have to have 2 of them. they break easily, & have a lot of problems. the screen freezes up, the battery...More
Pro: Key pad good for texting, games- okay, small, easy to use. Con: Turns it self on/ off, freezes up Using experience: 5 months This phone is awful. i've had it since december, & i have already have to have 2 of them. they break easily, & have a lot of problems. the screen freezes up, the battery doesn't last for long, & it takes terrible pictures. it's good to text with, but the buttons are small. mine recently just stopped accepting the charger. so now i am stuck with a broken phone, completely disconnected from the world- for the second time..! thanks a lot, kyocera. do not buy this phone. Less
Phonedog

DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE

from Phonedog
Pro: Awesome keypad, good battery Con: Well, the phone gets scratched easily and horrible memory, and guess what..... NO BLUETOOTH!! you canonly eceive songs by message! But when you do receive a song you hear it all blurry and can not understand what you just received. Also the buttons in the outside...More
Pro: Awesome keypad, good battery Con: Well, the phone gets scratched easily and horrible memory, and guess what..... NO BLUETOOTH!! you canonly eceive songs by message! But when you do receive a song you hear it all blurry and can not understand what you just received. Also the buttons in the outside DO NOT WORK! I try calling a friend and the phone just won't le me. I am sick and tired of this phone and do not have enough money to buy a new one. SAVE YOURSELVES! DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!! Using experience: 1 years I have had this phone for about a year already and i hate it! Bluetooth is horrible and the phone is just too big and bulky. Pictures will come out wide when you open the phone, but if you take a picture with the phone closed, the picture will come out small and not good. Oh yeah, you can't talk on the phone while its charging. And sometimes, the phone changes your ringtone to a song that you recently heard. I'm doing this to help you. Don't Buy It!!! Less
Phonedog

HMMM....Where to begin

from Phonedog
Pro: Its great for texting, durable i have dropped so many times in so many different places, Con: Where to start...it restarts like it's a computer, you can't talk while it is charging, sometimes you have to adjust the charger in order for it to charge, it switches to roaming for no reason, kind o...More
Pro: Its great for texting, durable i have dropped so many times in so many different places, Con: Where to start...it restarts like it's a computer, you can't talk while it is charging, sometimes you have to adjust the charger in order for it to charge, it switches to roaming for no reason, kind of bulky Using experience: 2 years This is a good phone for texting other than that it is ok. It is small, yet bulky and the battery can go bad pretty quickly.I carry my charger in my purse when I go out sometimes. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 11, 2006
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 256 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 180 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black/Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 5.2 x 2.4 cm (4.3 x 2 x 0.9 in)
Weight 116 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution 160 x 128 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry eZiText
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 6 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB -
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Multi-shot, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kyocera Strobe K612

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