|[January 09, 2012]
Sprint to Offer Mobile Accessibility Application, Developed by Code Factory, for Free to Customers Who are Blind or Have Low Vision
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --(Business Wire)--
Sprint (News - Alert) (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 (News - Alert)-powered smartphone's 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 Mobile's 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, we're helping our customers with disabilities
realize the full potential of their smartphones," said Fared Adib,
Sprint vice president-Product Development. "That is why we're 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 nable sound and
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
With Mobile Accessibility, users can do the following:
Phone (News - Alert): Make calls, answer calls, hear the caller ID and manage their
Contacts: App tells user how many contacts they have and speaks the
contact's 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
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
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 community's 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 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 today's
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 nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications
company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
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 Factory's products are
compatible with the widest range of mainstream mobile devices running on
Symbian (News - Alert), 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 (News - Alert), Bouygues Telecom, SFR, TIM and
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