[Njtechdiv] Fwd: Free Software for Sprint
dandrews at visi.com
Tue Jan 10 03:42:31 CST 2012
>Sprint to Offer Mobile Accessibility
>Application, Developed by Code Factory, for Free
>to Customers Who are Blind or Have L
>Posted January 9, 2012
>Mobile Accessibility application and new
>Accessibility Sprint ID packs make smartphone
>usage more accessible for Sprint customers
>WIRE)-- Sprint (NYSE: S) is offering customers
>who are blind or visually impaired, as well as
>elderly individuals or those who cannot read
>print on smartphones because of physical,
>perceptual, developmental, cognitive or learning
>disabilities, free solutions that will provide
>them easier access to their Android-powered
>smartphones functionality. The solutions
>include five new Accessibility Sprint ID packs
>bundles of applications available on select
>Android-powered smartphones and the Mobile
>Accessibility suite of applications.
>Mobile Accessibility, developed by Code Factory,
>is a suite of accessible applications that have
>been specifically designed for people who are
>blind or visually impaired. Mobile
>Accessibility, which features a simplified user
>interface and textual information that is spoken
>aloud using voice synthesis to aid navigation of
>the device, will be offered to Sprint postpaid
>and Boost Mobile prepaid customers through the
>Android Market for free starting this quarter.
>The application is available for free for
>postpaid Sprint customers with Android-powered
>smartphones activated on a monthly service plan
>that includes data, such as the Everything Data
>plan starting at $79.99. The app is also free
>for no-contract customers with Android-powered
>smartphones on Boost Mobiles Monthly or Daily Unlimited plans.
>The application, which typically costs $99, will
>be available in English and Spanish in the
>Android Market under the names Sprint Mobile
>Accessibility EN & ES and Boost Mobile Accessibility EN & ES.
>Sprint strives to satisfy all our customers
>wireless needs, and with solutions such as
>these, were helping our customers with
>disabilities realize the full potential of their
>smartphones, said Fared Adib, Sprint vice
>president-Product Development. That is why
>were offering the Mobile Accessibility app and
>Accessibility ID packs free of charge.
>Code Factory is delighted that one of the most
>important carriers in the world decided to
>subsidize Mobile Accessibility for their
>customers and is helping to assure that the
>product reaches as many people as possible at no
>cost for them, said Eduard Sanchez, Code
>Factory CEO. We are proud to be a new partner
>with Sprint and hope this is the start of a
>longtime relationship for accessibility for
>blind and visually impaired Sprint customers.
>The main features of Mobile Accessibility:
> * Touch navigation: Users can simply move
> their finger around the screen and the voice
> synthesis will read the text located under
> their finger. They can swipe up/down/right/left
> and tap on the screen to navigate through the
> interface, and they can enable sound and vibration feedback.
> * Easy to input text: In or outside the
> Mobile Accessibility suite users can use the
> touch QWERTY keyboard or speech recognition to
> write text quickly and easily making it
> possible to write an SMS or email using their voice only.
> * Voice synthesis: Provides customers natural sounding voice read back.
>With Mobile Accessibility, users can do the following:
> * Phone: Make calls, answer calls, hear the
> caller ID and manage their call log.
> * Contacts: App tells user how many contacts
> they have and speaks the contacts name they selected.
> * SMS: Virtual keyboard is larger and fills
> the entire screen. When the user clicks a
> letter on the keyboard, the app reads the
> letter to them. This makes it easier for them
> to compose emails or SMS messages. It also reads SMS messages to the user.
> * Alarms: Set their alarms.
> * Web: Full Web browser experience; also
> reads text from Web page to the user.
> * Calendar: Create, edit and delete a
> calendar entry. View all events per day, week or month.
> * Email: Full access to Gmail accounts; reads emails to the user.
> * Where am I?: GPS application that gives
> the user an update about their current location.
> * Access to basic phone functions, such as
> date and time, missed calls, etc. User can
> click on the function and it speaks to them.
>Having the ability to gain greater access to
>information on smartphones through the use of a
>free suite of applications is a very positive
>development in the blind communitys quest for
>more affordable choices, said Mitch Pomerantz,
>president of the American Council of the Blind
>(ACB). The American Council of the Blind
>commends Sprint for its willingness to take
>another positive step toward full product accessibility.
>Accessibility Sprint ID packs:
>Today Sprint is launching five
>accessibility-themed Sprint ID packs, developed
>by Apps4Android, which are bundles of
>applications designed to accommodate the access
>needs of Sprint subscribers with print
>disabilities people who are unable to read
>standard printed material, including text on
>their smartphone, because of blindness, visual
>disability, physical limitations, organic
>dysfunction or dyslexia. For more information
>about the Accessibility ID packs, read
>About Sprint Nextel
>Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of
>wireless and wireline communications services
>bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
>businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel
>served more than 53 million customers at the end
>of 3Q 2011 and is widely recognized for
>developing, engineering and deploying innovative
>technologies, including the first wireless 4G
>service from a national carrier in the United
>States; offering industry-leading mobile data
>services, leading prepaid brands including
>Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance
>Wireless; instant national and international
>push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1
>Internet backbone. The 2011 American Customer
>Satisfaction Index showed Sprint is the #1 most
>improved company in customer satisfaction,
>across all industries, over the last three
>years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011
>Green Rankings, listing it as one of the
>nations greenest companies, the highest of any
>telecommunications company. You can learn more
>and visit Sprint at
>About Code Factory
>Founded in 1998 with headquarters in Terrassa
>(Barcelona), Spain, Code Factory is the global
>leader committed to the development of products
>designed to eliminate barriers to the
>accessibility of mobile technology for the blind
>and visually impaired. Today, Code Factory is
>the leading provider of accessible mobile
>applications such as screen readers, screen
>magnifiers, and Braille interfaces. Code
>Factorys products are compatible with the
>widest range of mainstream mobile devices
>running on Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry
>Smartphones, and Android. Among Code Factory's
>customers are well-known organizations for the
>blind such as ONCE in Spain, and carriers
>Sprint, AT&T, Bouygues Telecom, SFR, TIM and Vodafone.
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