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Mobile Phones and Related Software

There are 2 categories of Accessible cell phones:
1. Off-the-shelf phones with some limited speech output built in.
2. Phones which use the Symbian or Windows Mobile operating systems and are compatible with third-party screen reader and screen magnifier software products. These products provide full access to nearly all the phone's functions, and they are usually expensive, $100 to $300 plus the cost of the software--around $300. The software
is compatible with several Symbian and Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PC phones.

Many people will be satisfied with the off-the-shelf phones which provide some limited speech access to things like caller ID and status information, such as battery and signal strength.
People who want access to most features and functions on the phone, such as text messaging, e-mail, web browsing and video cameras, will want the Symbian or Windows Mobile phones and third-party software. AT&T has the best deal for screen reader and screen magnifier software, offering Code Factory's Mobile Speak and Mobile Magnifier for $89 on selected Symbian and Windows Mobile Smartphones. AT&T's National Center for Customers with Disabilities can be reached at
(866) 241-6568.

15 Products in Category

Product Table

Product NameProduct DescriptionDistributor Contact
iPhoneThe iPhone is a line of Internet and multimedia-enabled smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. An iPhone functions as a camera phone (also including text messaging and visual voicemail), a portable media player (equivalent to a video iPod), and an Internet client (with e-mail, web browsing, and Wi-Fi connectivity). The user interface is built around the device's multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard rather than a physical one. Third-party applications are available from the App Store.
Jitterbug Dial Cell PhoneCell phone with a full keypad with Up and Down scrolling button and easy-to-use Yes, No and On/Off buttons. Buttons are in black and outlined in yellow with large white numbers. Spaced approximately 3/16" apart, the buttons are concave, making it easy for the user to find the correct place to press.
Jitterbug JThe Jitterbug J has a Large keypad which makes dialing easy. The powerful speaker delivers clear sound. The Jitterbug J has bluetooth® connectivity, a Caller ID and a Speakerphone. This phone also makes it simple to send or receive text messages.
Jitterbug OneTouch Cell PhoneCell phone for those who want a simple cell phone for emergencies. Has three buttons—Operator, 911, and a middle button personalized for the user. Has an Up and Down scrolling button and easy- to-use Yes, No, and On/Off buttons
LG AccoladeStay in touch with friends and family with this mobile phone that features a 1.3MP camera for capturing special moments, Internet access for keeping track of your favorite Web pages and text messaging to send and receive quick notes.
LG VX 8350 and 9900Small, clamshell-style cell phones with the following features: a 1.1” x 1.5” high-resolution display screen with 6,500 colors inside and a smaller 0.9” x 0.5” monochrome screen outside when the phone is flipped closed; a keypad with 12 dialing keys arranged in the standard three-by-four grid; six more keys in two rows of three each above the dialing keys with two “soft” keys, whose function depends on the icon adjacent to the key on the display screen, on the outside of the top row; a circular, four-way navigation key between the soft keys surrounding an OK button; and the Send, Cancel, and End keys below that row.
Mobile AccessibilityMobile Accessibility is a screen-access application which allows people who are blind or have low vision to use an Android phone in an intuitive, easy and simple way. Mobile Accessibility is two products in one:
  • A suite of 10 accessible applications (Phone, Contacts, SMS, Alarm, Calendar, Email, Web, Where am I, Apps and Settings) which have been especially designed for the blind and visually impaired. They all have a simplified interface whose textual information is spoken using Vocalizer® voice synthesis.
  • A screen reader which allows you to explore beyond the suite and navigate the standard interface of your phone.
Mobile MagnifierPlug-in magnifier that works with the Mobile Speak screen reader to provide both screen magnification and speech output. Magnifies the whole phone screen and focuses on the items as the user moves through the information being displayed. Features three different layout types: a full screen layout, which shows the whole screen; a distributed layout, which is similar to the full screen but always shows the soft keys and the title; and a classic layout, which consists of a separate magnified window that provides an enlarged view of the active portion of the main window. earle@handytech.us
Mobile SpeakCell phone-based screen reader for the Symbian operating system. Provides text-to-speech access to many of the features and functions of selected cell phones, including several models from Nokia.
Motorola i580 A small, clamshell-style phone. It has a 1.5 by 1.25 inch color display screen when closed, and a 1 inch by one-half inch monochrome screen on the outside. It has flat control buttons with the dialing keys arranged in the familiar 3 by 4 grid. Above those are the other keys that have become familiar on cell phones, including soft keys on the top left and right corners, the Send and End keys, a group of 5-way navigation buttons, and the Menu, Cancel and End keys. The left side panel features a rocker switch for controlling volume on the top, and a button used for the walkie-talkie feature on the bottom. It also has two buttons on the top outside panel for accessing the walkie-talkie feature and for hearing phone status information when it is flipped closed.
Nuance TALKSRuns on the Symbian operating system found on several Nokia and other cell phones and the Windows Mobile operating system. Uses the ETI Eloquence or RealSpeak software speech synthesizers to provide access to many features on cell phones on which it is installed.
Nuance ZOOMSmagnifies the content of mobile handset displays and enables people with low vision to navigate through the screen and make use of all of their phone's functions. It uses the complete screen area for magnification. Users can move the Nuance ZOOMS magnifier across the screen to enlarge elements and intelligently access different screen areas. Using Nuance ZOOMS' full screen magnification capability, the user can magnify the entire screen area to view its contents at up to 16 times its original size.
Owasys 22CA "screenless" cell phone that is designed specifically for people who are blind or have low vision. This dual-band GSM candy bar-style phone has large easy-to-feel high-definition buttons. It can be used with T-Mobile and AT&T service providers. info@ScreenlessPhone.Com
RAY G300RAY, the world's first smartphone specially designed for eye-free operation ? from its unique operating system and eye-free user experience to its specialized built-in content. The single, affordable devices features multiple advanced services including voice calls, email, messaging, contact list services, calendar, GPS, advanced WEB remote assistance, voice recorder, panic and emergency services, audio-digital library, color identification, pictures transcription, banknote recognition, and more ? all within an intuitive eye-free experience operated by touch and sound-only interaction.
Samsung HavenThe Samsung Haven™ features a large, bright screen that’s easy on your eyes, especially with the option to make the font larger. Even the keys are larger and easy to read. The Haven™ is the phone to have in case of an emergency. Hot keys give you one-touch access to 911, Voice Commands and your ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts which let EMTs and fire personnel know critical medical information and who to contact, should the need arise. Haven™ offers 15 stretching regimens to help keep you in good health along with four stress-relieving music selections. You can store your medical info – allergies, medications and more – on the device. The Haven™ also has Reminder Alarms that can be set for multiple times and days so you never miss any important recurring events.

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