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Verizon Releases TALKS Services for Visually Impaired Customers
      #32876 - 03/12/09 03:26 PM

Verizon Wireless announced today the availability of TALKS - 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. More info:

Powered by Nuance Communications, 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 MOTO Q 9c with TALKS for Verizon Wireless will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com 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.





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