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Make Life Easier: Cell Phones that Talk to You

separator If you’re blind or just don’t see well, using a cell phone can be a challenge. It’s hard to make a call, but it’s even harder to read the menu choices displayed on the screen. 

It looks like things will be getting easier for vision-impaired people who want to use cell phones. Cingular Wireless recently started offering a feature that reads the contents of the cell phone screen to you.  The feature is called “Talks,” and currently it’s available as an option on the Nokia 6620 cell phone. 

It’s not cheap—the cost right now is $199, but Cingular is offering an introductory rebate for people who are blind and who have a 2-year contract. The phone itself costs $399, and there’s a $100 rebate with a 2-year contract. 

Even though the price may put a lot of people out of the market for now, it’s likely that more companies will begin to offer this type of feature and the price will come down. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Talks option, call 1-866-241-6568.

New York Times, 16 September 2004.
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