Accessible Phones

This page covers a variety of phones and what to look for when choosing an accessible phone. It could be anything from a desk phone, cordless phone, to a mobile phone. As most phones have to be imported into New Zealand, models will be rapidly changing and becoming obsolete all of the time. Check with your local seller to see which phones are currently in stock, as not all phones are available in New Zealand. Also, do your homework on the phone's features and asks lots of questions. If it is an older model you are looking for, don't forget to check out auction sites. Sometimes, it helps to look up a phone using google, and see what other people have said about it (checking out user reviews and phone specifications). Your local Blind Foundation may be able to point you in the right direction.

When it comes to a particular phone or software that you are researching, click on the relevant websites and go to their links for resellers within your country. This way, you will be able to locate information that is relevant to your country/area.

Links to popular mobile phone carriers in New Zealand:

Vodafone New Zealand
Compare which Vodafone plan may suit you best

Spark New Zealand
Compare which Spark plan may suit you best

2 Degrees Mobile New Zealand
Compare which 2 Degrees plan may suit you best

Remember, as with any phone (landline or mobile) you will need to see which plan best suits your needs. Take into account things such as calls, texts and what you want your phone to do!

Applications that work on various phones (eg. on Symbian or Android etc)

Accessible mobile phones

Talks for Symbian based phones:
The following link will take you to the Nuance website. Please click on the appropriate links to see a List of Phones or the software itself.

Code Factory Mobile Accessibility Phones:
The following is a list of phones that work with Code Factory software. These include: Android, Symbian, Windows and Blackberry.
Code Factory Software Compatible Phones

Apple iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 and above:
This is a touch screen phone, with a built in screen reader (Voice Over), and a screen magnifier (Zoom). This software comes with the phone and therefore you do not need to purchase extra accessibility software.
Apple accessibility guide

Android phones 4 and above:
These are only fairly new to the market but look promising. Accessibility is reported from version 1.6 and above, and greatly improved with 2.1 Please click on the following link for more in-depth information on Android phones.
Information on Android phones

Doro Easy Mobile Phone:
Large print on easy to see tactile buttons. Many features. Great for the elderly as well as those with some useful vision.

Please note: An idea might be to purchase a second hand compatible phone and test out a trial of the software first. There are good on-line auction sites selling mobiles - as people upgrade - that may suit you. This way, you can be sure that the phone is easy to use and that the software does all you need it to do. Also, don't be afraid to head into your local mobile phone shop and test out the physical features of each phone. This will allow you to find the phone that best suits your needs.