TALKS For Verizon Wireless Offers Mobile Accessibility To Blind And Visually Impaired Customers
The owner and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network announced today the availability of TALKS™ 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™ 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® 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.”
Existing MOTO Q 9c customers who wish to add the TALKS application should contact Verizon Wireless Customer Service at 800-922-0204.