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Sprint Releases New Accessible Smart Phone
October 3, 2013
Sprint announced the release of Kyocera Kona, a new smartphone with multiple accessibility features. The compact flip phone provides users with a tactile keyboard, verbal descriptions of on-screen menus, “high-contrast user interface options,” 911 shortcuts, and “verbal translation enabling internet browsing.” The phone is also being currently offered free of charge, following a $50 mail-in rebate.
According to the National Federation of the Blind, more than 6.5 million people reported a visual disability in 2011. Kona is also the first feature phone to offer a user interface with verbal descriptions of navigation, with which the device describes what is highlighted on the screen and works with menus, messaging, contacts, missed calls, notifications, and many other functions.
Of the service, David Owens, Vice President of Product Development at Sprint, stated, “Sprint has always been dedicated to ensuring accessibility – whether it’s our award winning accessibility Sprint ID application bundles or a device like Kona ... We are providing the product free of charge because we want anyone who has a unique need to be able to take advantage of this great new offering.”
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