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  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 22:11:42 -0600

Now it's time for other mobile providers to get on the bandwagon.

Nimer J

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Subject: [btt] Fw: [vipnews] TALKS for Verizon Wireless Offers Mobile Accessibility to Blind and Visually Impaired Customers
Date:   Fri, 13 Mar 2009 23:56:49 -0400
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Jeffrey Shockley
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Subject: [vipnews] TALKS for Verizon Wireless Offers Mobile Accessibility to
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TALKS for Verizon Wireless Offers Mobile Accessibility to Blind and Visually
Impaired Customers

--Available Initially on the MOTO Q 9c, TALKS for Verizon Wireless Gives
Blind and Visually Impaired
Customers Audio Feedback Support for Writing and Reading Text Messages,
E-Mail and Notes

Last update: 10:00 a.m. EDT March 12, 2009

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., March 12, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The owner and
operator of the
nation's most reliable wireless network announced today the availability of
TALKS(TM) for Verizon
Wireless -- a new assistive technology that converts displayed text into
highly intelligible speech
for Verizon Wireless customers who are blind or visually impaired. Available
initially on MOTO(TM) Q
9c smartphones beginning March 15, TALKS for Verizon Wireless supports audio
feedback for writing
and reading text messages, e-mail and notes.

Powered by Nuance Communications, Inc., TALKS for Verizon Wireless uses
ETI-Eloquence text-to-speech
software -- similar to other screen-reading packages on Windows(R) PC
platforms -- to offer visually
impaired and blind customers instant familiarity and the highest
intelligibility. With the TALKS
application, the MOTO Q 9c from Verizon Wireless can:

    --  Read the caller ID of an incoming call
    --  Dial a number from the phone's Contacts directory
    --  Add and edit entries in the Contacts directory
    --  Read and write text messages and e-mail
    --  Read and write documents using Mobile Office
    --  Access and compose multimedia message service (MMS) messages
    --  Use Mobile Internet Explorer to access the Internet
    --  Control speech volume and rate of speech

"The TALKS application helps Verizon Wireless provide the best wireless
experience for our customers
who are visually impaired," said Jeffrey Dietel, vice president - marketing
operations for Verizon
Wireless. "TALKS for Verizon Wireless turns the MOTO Q 9c smartphone into a
communications tool that
will help customers with impaired vision stay connected to family, friends
and colleagues through
methods beyond voice calls."
The MOTO Q 9c with TALKS for Verizon Wireless will be available online at on
Sunday for $249.99 after a $70 online instant rebate with a new two-year
customer agreement.
Existing MOTO Q 9c customers who wish to add the TALKS application should
contact Verizon Wireless
Customer Service at 800-922-0204.

Customers can learn more about TALKS for Verizon Wireless by visiting . For more information about Verizon
Wireless products and
services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN
IN or go to
About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless
voice and data network,
serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge,
N.J., with more than 85,000
employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon
Communications and Vodafone.
For more information, visit . To preview and request
broadcast-quality video
footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to
the Verizon Wireless
Multimedia Library at
TALKS(TM) is a trademark of Nuance Communications, Inc. and/or its licensors
and is used under


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