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Vodacom launches a new range of smartphones for the visually impaired

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2012 - Vodacom has launched a new range of cellphones for visually impaired customers, which includes the Nokia C6 Zooms phone, Nokia E6 and Nokia C6 Speaking phones.

The Nokia E6 and Nokia C6 Speaking phones, which have a QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen, have Talks software preloaded which makes the phone accessible to visually impaired customers.  This software converts text to speech, enabling visually impaired customers to view, create and edit contacts, send and receive SMS or e-mail messages and obtain signal and battery strength.

Chris Ross, Managing Executive of Commercial Development at Vodacom says "Everyone, whether visually impaired or not, needs access to mobile communications.  Things have moved on from the days of just using a cellphone to make a call, and with this new range of smartphones visually impaired customers can also make that next step and unlock the power of the internet via mobile."

The Nokia C6 Zooms phone comes preloaded with the zooms software which magnifies font sizes making it easier for customers with low vision to access and use their cellphones.

Pricing information:

* Recommended  Prepaid pricing:

 

Nokia C6 Speaking phone

R 2 699 incl. VAT

Nokia E6 Speaking phone

R 4 299 incl. VAT

Nokia C6 Zooms phone

R 2 699 incl. VAT

*Final pricing is determined by retail outlets.

Contract Pricing :

 

Nokia C6 Speaking phone

R135.00 per month subscription on the Everyday Off -peak 120 package (per minute billing only).  Contract package includes:

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Handset

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100 MB of data per month for 3 months

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120 off peak minutes per month

Nokia E6 Speaking phone

R179.00 per month subscription on the Everyday Off -peak 120 package (per minute billing only). Contract package includes:

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Handset

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100 MB of data per month for 6 months

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120 off peak minutes per month

Nokia C6 Zooms phone

R135.00 per month subscription on the Everyday Off -peak 120 package (per minute billing only). Contract package includes :

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Handset

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100 MB of data per month for 3 months

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120 off peak minutes per month

These phones are available at Vodacom Shops on order. Customers can contact Vodacom Direct at 082 1950 to place an order. For more details customers can call the Specific Needs Contact Centre at 12580 from a Vodacom phone or 082 12580 from any other phone.

 



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