March 31, 2004

Spain's Telefonica unveils mobile phone for visually impaired

In what it said was a first for Europe, Spanish telecommunications operator Telefonica has unveiled a voice-activated mobile telephone for blind people, reports AFP.

"The phone is the fruit of cooperation between Spanish computer terminals producer Owasys and Spanish organisation for the blind ONCE, which has 65,000 members, the companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

The phone has no screen and whereas it comprises a conventional keyboard for actual dialling, other functions such as messaging will be voice activated".

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