Telephony suppliers and products—visual

Suppliers

Product Description of product Indicated cost
Olitech easy mate+ large button mobile phone

 

Suits people with low vision - big button talking keypad, large high-contrast numbers and digital LCD display.

 

$165.00

 

Big button speaker phone Big button phone with speaker phone facilities. $45.00
Synapptic android software Software package for Android devices – for both people who are blind or of low vision, or people who are deaf or hard of hearing. $370.00
Kisa mobile phone For those with low vision – raised tactile buttons, high contrast levels, one button dial and answer. $169.00 (and can add accessories for additional cost).
Open Access Captions Turns any Apple device into an accessible device for people who are deafblind, deaf or hard of hearing. Free trial currently

Apple phones

The Apple iPhone 3GS and later models are touch screen (3G) mobile phones with a built in screen reader (called VoiceOver) and screen magnifier (called Zoom). It allows a person who is blind or of low vision to use the phone without purchasing extra software to independently use the functions of the phone- Vision Australia

Android phones

It is recommended that you obtain an Android phone with at least Android version 2.1 or above and a physical trackpad or track ball. In addition, it helps if the phone has physical buttons for Home, Menu, Back, and Search. The default free screen reader in Android is Talkback (which may not be installed on the phone when you purchase it but is available from the Android market place). There are a number of other screen readers (such as Spiel, also free, and Mobile Accessibility which costs around $94) that can be downloaded from the Android Market – Vision Australia.