September 03, 2013

LG Optimus F3 Offers Unique Accessibility Features for those with Vision Loss or Other Disabilities

By Nichole Pichardo

Cell phones have revolutionized life for most people, but for people with vision loss or other disabilities, finding a cell phone to use wasn’t always easy. To improve usability for those with sensory or physical limitations, Sprint and LG launched LG Optimus F3™, the first smartphone to come preloaded with TalkBack.
Available the moment the phone is powered on, Talkback is a text-to-speech accessibility feature from Google that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily. Customers also benefit from voice guidance as they go through the activation and setup process.
LG Optimus F3 is Sprint ID enabled, allowing users to download the new Accessible Education ID pack. This ID pack includes apps and Web services that make it easy for millions of K-12 students with print disabilities – individuals who cannot effectively read print because of visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive or learning disabilities – to access Web-based educational resources on their smartphone.
The Accessible Education ID pack features customized mobile Web services designed to eliminate clutter and display only the parts of Web pages of interest to the user. It also provides students who do not have computers or Internet connections at home with mobile-friendly interfaces and Web-based educational resources.

Applications within the Accessible Education ID pack, developed by Apps4Android, include:

  • Six applications that simplify access to WebMATH, a free website hosted by Discovery Education that helps students learn how to solve math problems. Solutions to all problems are presented in a real-time, step-by-step, manner.
  • KhAndroid, a fully accessible Android application that lets users view Khan Academy's library of more than 2,200 micro lectures via video tutorials. Topics covered include math, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and economics.
  • IDEAL Equation Finder, a speech recognition-based app, designed to take advantage of EqsQuest’s semantic search technology for math and science. Semantic search technology seeks to improve search accuracy by understanding a searcher’s intent and the contextual meaning of terms as they appear in searchable data spaces.

In addition, the unique LED indicator on the LG Optimus F3’s home button offers a rainbow of color options that can assist those with hearing impairment, such as green for a phone call or red for a text message. Specified colored and patterned light provides charging status and notifications, such as alarms, calendar reminders, new messages and missed events.
LG Optimus F3 is currently available $29.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1.
More information on Sprint’s commitment to those with disabilities is available at http://www.sprint.com/accessibility.

Nichole Pichardo is a communications manager for the Wireless Devices team at Sprint. She is based in sunny Southern California and primarily focuses on devices launching from HTC and LG. She is also knowledgeable about Sprint’s mobile broadband devices and service plans. Nichole can be reached at nichole.pichardo@sprint.com.
1The American Express Prepaid Reward Card (“Card”) provided in connection with this Rebate offer is a prepaid Card that is usable at U.S. merchants that accept American Express Card. Some limitations apply. The Card is not redeemable for cash (except where required by law) and does not provide ATM access. Use of Card constitutes acknowledgement that it is given as a reward and no consideration, value, or money has been paid by the holder to American Express in exchange for this Card. USE OF CARD IS SUBJECT TO THE CARDHOLDER AGREEMENT. SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A $3.00 MONTHLY FEE WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST CARD BALANCE, STARTING SIX MONTHS AFTER CARD ISSUANCE, UNLESS FUNDS ARE EARLIER DEPLETED. For BALANCE, customer service and Cardholder Agreement, visit americanexpress.com/sprint or call 866-608-3756. Card issued by American Express Prepaid Card Management Corporation.

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