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.