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Hi, I'm legally blind and looking for a cell phone. I think I would be able to see one of the larger ones, and I'm not really looking for a talking phone. Does anyone have any good experiences wtih a cell phone with a relatively large display?

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Rhat are Unlocked Mobile Phones and Cell Phones?



What are Unlocked Mobile Phones and Cell Phones?
An unlocked cellular phone is a device that works with any GSM (Global System of Mobile Telecommunications) service provider. GSM cellular service providers program phones so that the handheld devices only accept SIMs (Subscriber Identification Modules) from that particular service. This "lock" can be undone to enable the phone to accept SIM cards from other services. You may want to unlock your phone if you want to keep using the device, but switch to a different operator.
Advantages
1. An unlocked phone will not be permanently tied to just one network, and it can be used with any GSM service provider. If you want to keep your phone but move to a different service provider, you can do that with an unlocked phone. After unlocking, simply store the device when you do not need it, and use it as a backup when your main phone has problems. Another advantage is when you travel abroad; you can use other GSM operators with your unlocked phone without paying the usually higher roaming rates that your own network may charge.
Compatibility
2. An unlocked phone works with compatible GSM operators in more than 200 countries, depending on frequency. GSM providers operate in different frequencies, usually 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 1,900 MHz. All GSM phones are built to support one or more of these available frequencies, and after unlocking, the phone will work with all networks that operate on its frequency band.
SIM
3. A SIM card is a small, flat rectangular card that fits into a predefined slot inside your GSM phone. Cellular service providers who operate on GSM technology identify subscribers solely based on the SIM. Since GSM service providers do not physically associate a mobile phone with a subscriber, you can change your mobile phone without any consequences. As long as you use the SIM, you will be identified regardless of mobile phone.
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I have found an excellent cell phone with service as well all over the USA for my Mother after many months of searching. The website is http://www.jitterbug.com


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Hi I'm Denis and I;m legally blind with Pseudo Xanthoma Elasticum. I was having problems with cell phone also until I found a Samsung SPH- A600. It has the largest screen on any phone that I have researched over a two years period. When you dial the phone number the number are over 3/8 of an inch big. I can see it without center vision or my 39D pocket magnifier. Hope this will help....Denis


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Check out AFB TECH Evaluates Cell Phones

http://www.afb.org/section.asp?SectionID=53&Docume...>www.afb.org/section.asp?SectionID=53&DocumentID=24...

It has an introduction, and also lists great articles from AccessWorld: Technology and People with Visual Impairments


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The Toshiba VM4050 has the largest screen on the market and you can have the talking feature turned off.

Brent


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The following URL on the AFB website is to an evaluation of Cell Phones for Accessibility http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?DocumentID=2001">http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?DocumentID=2001.

An additional evaluation was done this January - see http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw050106...>http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw050106

I am told that the largest display is in a phone made by Nokia, but that's no guarantee that you will be able to see it. A number of our totally blind staffers have a friend or family member program a regular cell phone for them and just use that to make and receive calls - no fancy stuff.

Check references on the AFB website to the Telecommunications Act for information on legislation on cell phone accessibility.


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