If you are blind or partially sighted there are important features to consider when buying a telephone.
Let us take you through our range from the most basic telephones, cordless models and our unique talking telephone.
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.
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.
- Our beginner's guide to mobiles and smart phones explains the basics.
- Listen to our audio guide on getting started with accessible mobile phones and smart phones (MP3, 11MB)
- We've also created a making sense of mobile phones guide which you can download in PDF or Word formats, or order in another format from the helpline on 0303 123 9999.
You might also want to look at one of the videos in our Getting interested in Technology series, which covers smart phones and tablets:
- Watch the Smartphones and tablets video with subtitles on YouTube
Another short video of ours starts by explaining what a mobile can be used for:
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