Verizon Wireless announced today that the LG VX4500 phone has been upgraded to make it even easier for people with visual disabilities to stay connected. The advanced speech output features of the upgraded LG VX4500 - such as the latest in voice recognition commands and two-way speakerphone technology - make it easier for low vision and blind customers to make calls, identify incoming calls, check the phone status and follow menu options.
The upgraded VX4500 phone features the following enhancements for blind or low vision customers:
Digit dialing - speak the digits and the phone dials them. Dial by name - speak a name that has been programmed in the phone book
and the phone will call that person.
Voicemail indicator with speech - hear an announcement that there is a voicemail when a call is missed and a voicemail has been left.
Caller ID with speech - hear either the name from the contact list or digits of the caller.
Speech command list - set a prompt for a command upon flipping the phone open or only when the side key is pressed.
Battery and signal notification - hear the status of the battery and signal strength, including updates on roaming status, service mode and GPS support information.
The upgraded LG VX4500 also offers a slight change to the phone's Command List, allowing vision-impaired customers to more easily navigate the phone's commands. Customers with an upgraded or new VX4500 phone can either say commands out loud, or scroll down the list to have the options read to them.
Verizon Wireless customers who purchased an LG VX4500 prior to November 29, 2004 may take advantage of the new features by going to their local Verizon Wireless Communications Store and requesting a free software upgrade beginning today. Customers wishing to upgrade their software should expect the process to take approximately one hour. New customers should request the LG VX4500 with upgraded software when making their purchase.
Through January 30, 2005, buy one LG VX4500 at $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement and receive up to three free.