Verizon Wireless is now offering new assistive technology that converts displayed text into speech for users who are blind or visually impaired. It will available on the MOTO Q 9c smartphone beginning March 15. TALKS for Verizon Wireless supports audio feedback for writing and reading text messages, e-mail and notes.
Powered by Nuance Communications, TALKS for uses ETI-Eloquence text-to-speech software - similar to other screen-reading packages on WindowsPC platforms.
With the TALKS application, the MOTO Q 9c from Verizon Wireless can:
- Hear 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 MOTO Q 9c with TALKS for Verizon Wireless will be available online 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 can add the TALKS application.
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