[bct] Re: Accessible Equivalent to a Blackberry

  • From: "Rick Alfaro" <rick.alfaro@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 15:43:34 -0500


Don't bother with the folks at Verizon as I am sure they don't have a clue
about any of the Windows Mobile based screen readers.  All they know about
is the LG4650 with its built-in speech.  The best way to get a direct answer
to your question is to email support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx and ask them.  I know
for sure the list of phones on their web site doesn't list all of the phones
that blind folks are actually using with their screen reader.  You can also
get info on their site about subscribing to their mailing list.  I have seen
messages from users on there successfully using the vx6700 with MSP.
Contact them with your questions as their support is excellent. I personally
own a Sprint PPC6700 running MSP which is basically the same phone as the
VX6700, and it works great.  There are a couple of bugs here and there like
with any software, but generally speaking, it works very well.

--Best regards,

--Rick Alfaro

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kerri Regan
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 3:05 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Accessible Equivalent to a Blackberry

Are you sure the Verizon phone is accesible with Mobile Speak Pocket? I just
looked on the product's website and didn't find the phone in the Compatible
Devices List. I'm asking because I'm a Verizon customer and wanted to get
another product from Cod Factory (Mobile Accesibility) but the people at
Verizon said it wouldn't be usable with any of their phones and be better
off with the LG phones, which I really don't want. Hope this will work out. 
Thanks, Kerri
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Alfaro" <rick.alfaro@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 2:19 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Accessible Equivalent to a Blackberry

> Hi, there are 3 products that come to mind that can be made accessible 
> by purchasing the screen reader from Code Factory called Mobile Speak
> 1.  The Sprint ppc6700 which runs Windows Mobile 5
> 2.  The Verizon VX6700 which is the same phone as above, but for Verizon.
> 3.  The HP Ipaq H6515 which is currently sold by Cingular and runs 
> Windows Mobile 2003SE.
> Actually, one more, the Trio 700w which is sold by Verizon and it also 
> runs Windows Mobile 5.
> There are others that fall into the same category, but these are the 
> ones I can think of that are actually sold by carriers here in the 
> U.S. and give you a better price for signing a 2 year contract.
> --Best regards,
> --Rick Alfaro
> --rick.alfaro@xxxxxxxxxxx
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David 
> Lepofsky
> Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 11:42 AM
> To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bct] Accessible Equivalent to a Blackberry
> I am interested in anyone's thoughts on what product if any is on the 
> market now that is the closest to the Blackberry in terms of features 
> and that is blindness-accessible? I know there are some new software 
> packages that can be loaded on PDA's,and have heard various podcasts 
> and Main Menu programs over the months, but I have not been able to 
> pull it all together and figure out what product comes the closest to 
> the blackberry in terms of features, etc.
> anyone have any ideas?
> p.s. I am not just looking for an accessible cell phone, but rather 
> tthe fuller featured kind of product. thanks to all. This list is 
> great and all your comments are very informative.

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