RE: Accessible Blackberry?

  • From: "Ken Perry" <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 09:16:27 -0700

Good I hope they use the voice they used on the Victor Stream.  All though
this means the software will probably be over $300 sigh.


-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter Quaiattini
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 8:02 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Accessible Blackberry?

All, Firstly thanks for all of your replies. As well, below is appended is a
reply that I received from RIM regarding blackberry accessibility. You may
find it of interest.
From: Accessibility Inquiries [mailto:Accessibility@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 7:27 AM
Subject: BlackBerry Accessibility Inquiry Hello Peter, Thank you for your
inquiry concerning the use of BlackBerry devices for a person who is blind.
 Please note that BlackBerry devices themselves operate on the Java2 Micro
Edition platform (J2ME) and screen reading applications for mobile phones do
not currently support J2ME.  As such, BlackBerry devices themselves are not
fully accessible by the blind.  We have entered into a strategic alliance
with HumanWare to help build an alternative access solution for BlackBerry
devices for our blind customers.  We just announced this relationship at the
NFB Convention in Atlanta earlier in the summer and solutions will be
commercially available some time in 2008.  More information will be made
publicly available as applicable.
In the interim, BlackBerry customers with severe vision loss can take
advantage of our BlackBerry Connect product offering.  This solution enables
customers to experience BlackBerry push technology and leverage their
existing BlackBerry infrastructure investment on 3rd party handsets from
vendors such as Palm, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and others.  Internally
within RIM, we have conducted performance and usability tests with a number
of these 3rd party handsets running BlackBerry Connect and 3rd party screen
readers including TALKS, Mobile Speak and PocketHAL. Based on these tests,
and ongoing customer feedback, we would recommend the following solution:
·       BlackBerry Connect for Symbian OS ·       Nokia E62 Smartphone
·       CodeFactory Mobile Speak Screen Reader or Nuance TALKS For more
information on this solution, please refer to the following additional
* BlackBerry Connect for Symbian OS -
* Business Case Study - BlackBerry Connect for Symbian OS -
* Nuance TALKS Screen Reader - 

·       Code Factory Mobile Speak -
·       Service (Rogers Wireless) -
·       Service (Fido) -
I hope this information proves helpful.  Please let me know if you have any
Cheers, BlackBerry Accessibility

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Quaiattini
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 4:05 PM
To: 'programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: Accessible Blackberry?

The DBA team that I am a member of is going to be using the now famous
Blackberry to do pageouts and for severity 1 alerts. To the best of my
knowledge, this technology is not accessible - does anyone have any
information to the contrary or how the Blackberry can be made to talk?
Regards, Peter 

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