Sprint Rolls out Kyocera Kona
Sep 11, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
For the visually impaired, using a mobile device hasn't always been easy.
According to a release, Kyocera Kona from Sprint helps to solve that problem by providing a compact flip phone that is the first feature phone that offers verbal translation enabling Internet browsing.
Sprint reported that Kyocera Kona is available in direct-ship sales channels Web and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1). It will be available in all remaining Sprint retail channels beginning Friday, Sept. 13. Kyocera Kona is the latest enhancement to Sprint's product portfolio designed to ensure accessibility for all.
Further, according to the National Federation of the Blind, more than 6.5 million people reported a visual disability in 2011. Kona is also a feature phone to offer a user interface with verbal descriptions of navigation, with which the device describes what is highlighted on the screen and works with menus, messaging, contacts, missed calls, notifications, and many other functions.
Other accessibility features include variable speed text to speech service, which reads texts to users, high-contrast user interface options to accommodate a variety of vision ranges, dedicated In Case of Emergency (ICE) and 911 shortcuts, and a tactile keyboard with well-defined buttons.
"Sprint has always been dedicated to ensuring accessibility - whether it's our award-winning accessibility Sprint ID application bundles or a device like Kona providing first-of-its-kind features for the visually impaired," said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. "We are providing this product free of charge because we want anyone who has a unique need to be able to take advantage of this great new offering."
"Almost half of American cell-phone users have not made the jump to smartphones, so there is clearly a significant demand and need in the market for easy-to-use feature phones that don't require additional data plans," said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications. "We addressed that need and went one step further in adding incredible accessibility features that make Kona a reliable communication tool for the visually impaired."
Sprint noted that Kyocera Kona is a CDMA2000 1X-Advanced flip phone featuring a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT LCD internal color display as well as a 1.44-inch TFT LCD color external display. Capturing snapshots is possible with Kona's 2-megapixel camera with 2x zoom and dedicated function key. Calls can be safely taken over Bluetooth wireless technology (2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate), via the 3.5mm headset jack or through the speakerphone with dedicated function key. With an 870mAh Li-Ion battery, Kona is a compact 3.94 x 2.05 x 0.68 inches and weighs only 3.7 ounces.
Sprint offers a range of wireless and wireline communications services.
Kyocera Communications Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas.
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