Hi, yes, the iphone is the most accessible smart phone out there that comes with it own screen reader. As there is no more unlimited data plans as of now for new customers on Verizon or ATT the only one that is carrier ofthe iphone . You can get started off less than a 100 bucks on the plan. You can get a plan starting at 40 bucks for voice and then a 15 buck data plan and a 5 buck text plan so this is 60 bucks before taxes and this would be the bare minim and it goes up from there. Also see my previous post with links. HTH. Bubba bubbathegeek@xxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chip Orange Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 6:08 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] device wanted Hi Bruce, I changed the subject line to better reflect your question. I've seen Sally and William (and others I think) speak very well of their I-phones. I believe they will do all the things you mentioned (I'm hoping some I-phone owner will confirm this). However, it's my understanding you'll be paying around $100 a month for the plans needed to do this (need an I-phone owner again); this is what my friend has to pay for hers anyway. She has the unlimited data plan, and if you're going to be listening to streaming media such as internet radio a lot, you'll need it. I don't know what the up front cost will be, a few hundred dollars, but it's really nothing compared to a multi-year contract at a $100 a month. I just don't use a cell phone that much where I want to spend that much money on one. And, for internet use, I far prefer a laptop to a phone. My preference would be to sign up for a plan which gives you a cell modem for a laptop for your internet anywhere access (they give you a little card or USB device for your laptop which is a cell modem), and then get an inexpensive cell phone separately. I get away with one of the pay-as-you-go cell phones with no speech (track phone or virgin mobile), and it costs almost nothing. T-mobile is now offering a pay-as-you-go plan (no contract), and you can buy a phone like the haven which has speech. so, if you don't feel you could use a prepaid phone by touch without speech, you could get your phone service cheaply through t-mobile. perhaps others now offer pay-as-you-go plans, I haven't looked into it. such plans though are almost always cheaper, usually *much* cheaper, than a traditional yearly contract cell phone plan, with a high monthly fee (virgin mobile's is 18 cents a minute). I hope others will chime in with their experience, and there are plenty of sites on the internet for the blind, which offer reviews of cell phone options. Chip ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bruce Weaver Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 2:14 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: an inexpensive digital voice recorder Hello, What is the best device for someone who want's to listen to radio stations on the internet, tex,and make a limited amount of calls. Of course must be speech friendly. The information you post is very informative. ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chip Orange Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 10:48 AM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] an inexpensive digital voice recorder from the recent Top Tech Tidbits news letter: The American Printing House now sells the Wilson Digital Voice Recorder for $29.95. It records up to eight hours of messages or lectures and content can be transferred to a computer via USB. http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_The%20Wilson%20Digital %20Voice%20Recorder_1-03993-00P_10001_11051 Chip Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.