Mobile Phone for People with Vision disabilities Launched

WASHINGTONOdin Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the T-Mobile network, announced the country’s first mobile service designed for the sole purpose of improving wireless accessibility for people who are blind or low vision.

Emporia Essence: A simple mobile phone for People with vision disabilities. (Photo Credit: Odin Mobile)Cell Phone

Beginning in July, Odin Mobile will offer comprehensive cell phone service for people with vision disabilities, including innovative accessible handsets, rate plans for every budget, as well as a unique customer service experience designed to address the needs of its customers. This unique experience will include sending user guides to each of its customers via email in Word and HTML formats and providing customer support that is expert in the accessibility features of its phones.

“Everyone should be able to experience all of the wonderful things that go along with mobile technology, and we’re thrilled to see Odin Mobile stepping up in this way to help make sure that they can,” said Doug Chartier , senior vice president of MVNO, partner brands and national accounts for T-Mobile US, Inc.

Odin Mobile will offer a range of accessible handsets, including the RAY, an innovative mobile device developed by Project RAY Ltd., featuring a unique user interface built from the ground up for eye-free operation. This unique device offers users a range of capabilities, such as calling and SMS, contact list services, calendar, GPS, advanced WEB remote assistance, voice recorder, emergency services and more. In addition, the RAY is a fantastic device for accessing audio books, newspapers and magazines with one single user interface across all services and applications for unprecedented simplicity and ease of use.

“The RAY is an amazing device that fills an important need of people who are blind. It offers people with vision disabilities the benefits of a smart device through a unique user interface that makes it easy to use by the tech savvy and reluctant adopters of advanced technology alike,” said Robert Felgar , general manager of Odin Mobile. “We are extremely excited to collaborate with project RAY to improve the lives of people with vision disabilities.”

Odin Mobile will also offer great mobile phones for people with vision disabilities and simply want to make calls and text message. These mobile phones, manufactured by Emporia, will be extremely easy to use and have numerous accessibility features, including buttons and functions that “speak” and a high contrast display.

To further improve the lives of its customers, Odin Mobile will donate two percent of its voice and text revenue to organizations dedicated to serving the needs of people with vision disabilities.

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  1. These are such a good idea and I cannot believe it has actually taken as long as it has to come to market, these are usable by so many types of people. My mum is 80 and cannot and never will be able to use anything with a touch screen.

    Kudos to the people who brought this to market!

  2. This is genius! People with visual disabilities will no longer feel saddened by the thought of not being able to send text messages and communicate with their loved ones through a mobile phone. I am happy for everyone whose lives will be made much easier by this new invention. This idea is simply golden.

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