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New MVNO offers mobile service for the visually impaired

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New MVNO offers mobile service for the visually impaired
Even with screen sizes as big as 6.3 inches, those who are visually impaired might have difficulties using a handset. And that is the niche of the wireless market that Odin Mobile is stepping into. The T-Mobile MVNO will offer to customers a handset that is designed for those with poor or failing eyesight. That model is the Huawei RAY, an Android model designed specifically for the visually impaired.

The Huawei RAY for the visually impaired

The Huawei RAY for the visually impaired

The Huawei RAY, already available via Amazon for $550, has a special UI that allows users to press anywhere on the screen to make a selection. The names of callers are read aloud and the device recognizes colors and money as well as offering a special GPS system. Through Odin Mobile, the price of the phone is $299, most likely with a signed contract. Odin also lists a pair of handsets from Emporia, a manufacturer known for its models aimed at the elderly.

The carrier also plans on offering a non-visual website for customers. Plans start as low $10 monthly for 150 minutes of talk and 150 texts, and range as high as $45 for 4000 minutes of talk and 4000 texts. If you know someone who has trouble seeing and needs to have a cellphone, Odin Mobile might be the solution.

source: OdinMobile via Engadget

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posted on 07 Jun 2013, 15:41

1. TheMan (Posts: 397; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Good stuff. I've gotten a handful of visually impaired customers seeking a smartphone. We've a long way to go.

Also: The "RAY"? As in Charles? I hope not.

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