Back in July the CRTC mandated the wireless carriers to request that wireless companies offer at least one type of cellphone to serve the needs of people who are blind and/or have moderate-to-severe mobility or cognitive disabilities by October 21, 2009.
Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC said “We understand that Canadians living with disabilities have increasing needs as communications technologies become more prevalent in our daily lives. The measures announced today are an important step in making it easier for them to use the latest communications services.”
Today Rogers has announced that the Nokia E71 is now pre-loaded with Nuance’s TALKS software. This will give those who are blind or have vision loss the ability to have their displayed messages converted into speech (such as any text messages, contacts, caller ID).
This is available at Rogers for $99.99 on a 3-year Voice and Data contract and only comes in Grey.