If you are blind or partially sighted there are important features to consider when buying a telephone.

Landline phones

Let us take you through our range from the most basic telephones to corded and cordless models.

In selecting our range of telephones, we have concentrated on key features that address some of the challenges that, smaller telephones pose for someone with a sight problem. Our range of landline telephones have been specially selected to ensure making a call is as easy as possible.

Mobile phones

For many people a mobile phone is an everyday essential, but their complexity and design has often made them difficult for blind and partially sighted people to use.

A number of factors including the size and shape of buttons and the size of text and icons on their screens combine to make their use difficult, or in many cases, impossible.

You also need to decide whether you want a phone that is easy to use and limited in what it can do, or a phone that can do everything except make a cup of tea, and can take a lot of getting used to. Or something in between these two extremes!

Spoilt for choice

When it comes to choosing a mobile phone, there are a huge number of options out there.

RNIB sell a range of basic mobile phones, some of which are designed for use by someone who is partially sighted or blind and have large tactile buttons or high contrast screens.

Some accessible mobile phones are available from high street shops, although accessibility won't be as high on their list of priorities as it is with RNIB.

We've rounded up some of the key accessible mobile phones you may want to consider.

Where to start?

We've created some resources to get you started on the basics of getting and using a mobile phone.

Smart phones and tablets 

You might also want to look at one of the videos in our Getting interested in Technology series, which covers smart phones and tablets:


Smartphones and tablets - Getting interested in technology: Chapter 2

Technology support

To speak to one of our Technology for Life coordinators contact 0303 123 9999; or to make a referral request for Technology Support - please contact our technology mailbox [email protected] or complete the enquiry form on the following page.

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