National Federation of the Blind
Cell Phone: Samsung Haven from Verizon
By Walter Gramza
It's finally here! An affordable
fully accessible phone from Verizon Wireless. As of July 29th, 2010, Verizon
Wireless has available in its stores a phone for blind and visually impaired
persons which is fully audible via Nuance speech.
There is no extra charge for
the speech package, as it is already installed in the phone and ready
for use out of the box. It is important to note here that when you go
to the store, please make sure that you tell the person assisting you
to be sure to turn on the voices called read outs, located under settings,
then sounds, and down to voices. The six items to be turned on are:
In order for the phone to be
audible these features need to be turned on.
You can enter into your call
list of choice which are: 1. missed calls, 2. dialed calls, 3. answered
calls, 4. all calls. After entering any one of the lists, you can edit
the list and if desired, delete the specific name and number within the
You can find out how much battery
strength you have, signal strength, and how many messages, voice mails,
missed calls, you have. You can use the alarm clock, set a time audibly,
use the calculator, tip calculator, and send and read texts.
In short, you are prompted
through every one of the functions you are performing. You can even ask
it to call someone provided that they are in the contact list.
A Braille manual is available
through Samsung. Remember, when you go to Verizon Wireless you'll need
to get the hex number, which they can give you. You then call Samsung
at 888-987-4357 and provide them with this number along with your address
information and it will take about one month to receive the manual.
You can also purchase an extended
battery which lasts one and one half times longer than the standard battery.
This is best as any phone with speech uses more battery power and shortens
the life of the battery. By having the extended battery it should bring
you through the day safely. I always make it a habit to charge the phone
each night so that I begin a new day; the phone also begins a new day
as well. When you put the phone into the base charger it says "charging."
When the phone is charged it
says "charge complete."
If you are a Verizon Wireless
customer and are eligible for an upgrade, you can get the phone for free.
If you want to start a new contract with Verizon Wireless, you get the
phone for $40.00 complete with speech software included.
If anyone will need assistance in learning the functions of the phone, they may contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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