[access-uk] Re: Internet radio update

The othe thing that never seease to amaze me here is the ways people must 
perceive blind and partially sighted people.
I mean if you introduced an Internet Radio to the mainstream market and said to 
the market place 
"OK folks everytime you want to add a radio station you have to contact us 
because we don't think you can do it yourself"
can you imagine what the reaction would be!


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jackie Cairns 
  To: Access UK Mailing List 
  Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 11:38 AM
  Subject: [access-uk] Internet radio update


  Hi All

  Pin your ears back as I have an update that might be of interest to some.

  My last post to this list on the thread of Internet radios intimated I would 
let you know how I got on with a web radio that TNAUK are trialing.  A couple 
of weeks ago, they agreed to send me a web radio when a customer who had 
finished with their set returned it to them.

  At the end of last week, however, I got an Email from Ted Davis to say that 
he had a web radio in stock if I wanted to purchase it for £275.00.  So I 
thought to myself, in typical Jackie fashion: "Why would I want to buy a web 
radio if the trial is still going on, and nobody has forked out any money for 
these sets to my knowledge?"  So I contacted TNAUK today, and spoke to Ted's 
colleague, Luke.

  The full story appears to be this.  TNAUK are lending 15 web radios to people 
at the moment to trial.  Anyone over and above those 15 who express an interest 
in the box must pay £275.00 for the privilege of owning one.  The trial ends at 
the end of February, but, he tells me, things look "promising."  According to 
TNAUK, RNIB have come to the same conclusion as TNAUK that this way forward is 
the best solution.

  I asked Luke how I would be supported with a web radio if I bought one, and 
he said that if I wanted an Internet radio station added to it, I could contact 
them with the details, and they would have it put in for me without the radio 
being returned to TNAUK.  I used the scenario of wanting Sky Radio in it, and 
he said this would be possible.  I then asked about future upgrades and 
support, and he said that it depended on what was to happen after the trial.

  So my conclusion is that they appear to want to sell you a web box, but can't 
guarantee you its lifespan after the trial ends next month with the 15 
recipients who are doing that for nothing.

  Since I am under no disclosure, I don't see why you shouldn't be aware of 
this information.  But I'm trying to suppress my own thoughts because I can't 
decide whether it's me who is going mad, or whether this whole thing has a very 
nasty taste about it.

  Sorry for the long post, but that's the latest.

  Jackie

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