What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?
Posted by tonyg on 7/26/2002 at 2:10 PM
I work with a small cell phone company in Montana and I am having a difficult time finding anyone (locally) who knows of a cell phone model that would best suite the needs of a visually impaired individual. The manufacturers don't seem to be of much help as well as local services. We are a 1900MHz CDMA carrier and any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Re: What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by gfmueden on 2/11/2015 at 7:19 PM
"Vision impaired" is too broad. Are we helping an eye reader (needing large characters and/or high contrast) or an ear reader (needing raised, easily identified buttons and perhaps speech output)?
When recommending, it helps to say on what basis (large characters, raised buttons, etc.). What helps an eye reader may be of no help to an ear reader.
Re: What is the best home phone for the visually impairedPosted by 622706 on 2/9/2015 at 8:33 PM
My wife needs a large number home phone
Re: What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by mikaela.smith13 on 4/13/2013 at 11:05 PM
the iphone with voice over and siri
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by equip on 2/17/2012 at 4:00 AM
I am vision impaired. I am still searching for the "right" cell phone to suit my needs so I can't advice on a cell phone. However, I did come across an organization in the US that assists persons with vision loss in recieving free cells, if you qualify, and I thought it might benefit someone here. The link is http://www.etoengineering.com/freecellphones.htm Good luck all.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by onemeangator on 12/23/2011 at 10:51 AM
I am Visually Impaired and i have found the best cell phone for the Visually Impaired and you even get a aarp discount it is called duro phone by consumer cellular and there,s no contract and you can get a free phone but the duro phone is what you want. you can text too. Check it out at consumercellular.com
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by myrleeme on 6/10/2011 at 11:58 PM
the Sanyo Vero seems to be a great phone. not fancy but big screen big buttons and can text or talk.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by JoeE71 on 2/22/2011 at 4:51 PM
I know this is an old thread, but you may want to look at FotoDialer. It allows people to dial numbers by pressing a button next to the 2x3 inch photo of whomever they wish to call. There are six pages with four photos per page making 24 numbers available. FotoDialer connects into an analog telephone so you don't have to buy a new phone.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by Packie on 12/3/2010 at 1:52 PM
Try Verizon's Haven. I am using it and I am very happy with it.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by awatson on 11/29/2010 at 3:45 PM
Jitterbug was okay, but pricey. Some other phones look to have bigger keypad and numbers but receive poor ratings. Seems that someone would have come up with a large, simple, lightweight cellphone that speaks when you press numbers by now. Considering the blind and the growing elderly population, it is hard to believe that although some are trying, none seem to meet the growing need
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by cgivens322 on 2/8/2010 at 8:46 PM
I am not visually impared but it seems like I can't have a cell phone these days without gadgets!
I was looking at Japanese cell phones and other companies in the UK and they have got it going on!
try EMPORIA they may be able to further direct you to a similar U.S based company. These phones are awesome its a device with almost quarter by quarter inch number key pads and the phones simply allow SMS and voice. Brilliant! http://www.emporialifeplus.com/
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by D1sparrow on 8/23/2008 at 7:44 PM
My daughter is blind, with limited use of left hand. The layout of the key's is crucial. Look for a key pad that is raised and the numbers are straight across, much like the keypad of a telephone; look for different size buttons for talk and stop; also need speaker phone and digital dial (will automatically dial numbers from directory). User can assign different ring tones for certain people. Current one she is using is Motorola E815.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by anaandrodolfo on 2/5/2008 at 11:24 PM
look into Nokia 2260 you may like it
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by magnifics on 1/9/2008 at 2:21 PM
Magnifics Inc. Has two different styles of cell phone, and Home phone Magnifiers. You can see them at www.thephonemonocle.com. We can get you the best one suited for your style phone.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by jbgroove on 9/10/2007 at 8:10 PM
I would definitely not recommend Jitterbug phones by Great Call Inc. for any cell phone user. Having worked for the company myself, I have seen employees bill customers for calls that they never made. They literally copy and pasted previous phone numbers dialed and created new entries with different call times and minutes.The whole organization is corrupt from the ground floor up to the top. In many cases, you will be without service with Jitterbug for days up to weeks. They don't have enough employees to adequately handle their client base and their computer systems are extremely out of date. Their record of customer service is horrible. The management simply does not care about its customers nor employees. You'd be better off picking out a phone with Verizon or At & T. I know they are coming out with similar phones to the Jitterbug.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by isaac on 4/20/2007 at 4:19 PM
My relative has cingular service and I was wondering what is the option for a phone that has voice abilities.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by AFB Web on 1/24/2007 at 12:11 PM
Have you checked out AccessWorld http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp? AccessWorld is AFB's free online technology magazine that conducts product testing and reviews the latest available technologies. They keep on top of the newest products available, including cell phones. There are numerous articles about accessible cell phones, simply go to "Search AccessWorld", type in "cell phones" and it will give you all available articles.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by sofya on 12/24/2006 at 1:28 PM
hi, i'm living in Malaysia. most of the blind here use nokia cellphone as it is the most compatible model with 'talks'. I have been using this software for 3 years and it works superb! so, why not give it a try! as 'talks' keeps abreast with the latest of nokia model, so, there's no worries of buying the latest model. please visit http://www.scansoft.com for more infomation about this special software.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by julie hebert on 12/7/2006 at 8:49 PM
I am purchasing these for my elderly parents...big easy to read buttons!
check out: JITTERBUG.COM
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by magnifics on 9/27/2006 at 5:19 PM
The Phone Monocle is very useful on cell phones, home phones Ipods, and We sell many for Insulin pumps,. The Phone Monocle was just featured in Diabetes Health magazine as the Pump Monocle. It can magnify from 2-4 times depending on the phone or insulin pump.
Available in 7 colors to blend in to all electronic devices.
The Company is Magnifics Inc. 818-248-2228 or www thephonemonocle.com
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by angel_mas on 7/12/2006 at 11:25 AM
I’m in the UK and use a 6680 and have got a software called talks put on it. Having the software will allow you to check who is calling, send and receive text messages, check your miss calls, etc
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by classycat on 6/19/2006 at 12:47 AM
Check out: www.independentliving.com
They have a catalogue online, and one you can order through the mail. I believe that they do have a cell phone of some sort in their line of products.
** Note **
There are thousands of us out here in cyberland that are visually handicapped. We need someone to help us make the manufactures aware, that there is a ton of money to be made by making products for the visually impaired and the blind!
The two hardest colors to work through are gray and black, and "everything" these days are those two colors: cll phone key pads - computer keyboards - remote controls - calculators, etc., on and on.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by louid on 1/13/2006 at 7:47 PM
I find the Lg 4650 to be very good for the blind, it auto dials by voice, checks your voice mail, talks anounce calls as they come in and also tells you by voice your dropped calls. there is also a dot on the 5 key
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Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by Dave Lafever on 1/23/2004 at 4:24 PM
I'd suggest the phone with the least number of buttons and the fewest features; this makes the phone much easier to deal with for someone with limited or no vision. It will not be practical to use some features, such as the Caller ID display. I'm a rehab. engineer; I've modified a cell phone keypad w/tactile marks so that someone can tell buttons apart by feel. This made a Nokia 5600 phone much more useful to the individual...
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by dixon28086 on 7/15/2003 at 10:46 AM
I have found a magnifier that fits over most cell phones. My sister is visually impaired and we have been looking for several options so that she has less trouble with cell phones and her computer screens. The cost for the magifier is aproximately 15.00 I hope that this helps you should be able to acquire the magifier from a local cell phone company
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 7/15/2003 at 12:43 AM
Hi there. Has anyone had any luck finding a cell phone for visually impaired? I'm looking for one for my dad who is eighty-five years old and nearly blind. I read that some Sprint phones might work. The Panasonic cell phone sounds interesting also. Could someone please email me the details at email@example.com? Thank you.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by Leigh on 6/14/2003 at 10:15 AM
I too am looking for a cell phone for a friend who suffers is visually impaired. As there are many individuals who suffer with this problem there has to be some company who will address this problem. If anyone knows of such a product please advise.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by barbara j on 3/28/2003 at 9:52 PM
I am looking for a phone that has large easy to read buttons. Verizon (in KY) offers free voice dialing on audiovox but the buttons are too small.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by DonPaco on 11/3/2002 at 1:35 AM
Just wondering if anyone knows of a cell phone that does text-to-speech? The talking phones article listed in a prior reply mentions a panasonic telephone, but I was more interested in a cell phone that has text-to-speech capacity, to know who or what number is calling.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by auburnava on 10/27/2002 at 12:01 PM
Try the Sprint cell phones. Many of theirs are voice activated. YOu say "call Susan at home" and it dials that number for you. Of course you program it, but you program it by voice too. I think it is $5/month extra for the voice dialing, but it is worth it.
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by kez2000 on 10/26/2002 at 8:53 AM
did you find a CELL phone for the visually impaired? someone has recently advertised one, but we did not expent to need it until next summer. we need it now. any idea on where to find one would be appreciated.
Thanks KEZ 7:55am CDT
Re:What is the best cell phone for the visually impaired?Posted by Web Admin. on 8/9/2002 at 3:07 PM
The "Talking Phone" discussion
might offer some ideas in terms of companies you may want to research for a cell phone. (Please note that this is not an endorsement of any products mentioned.)
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