The South African Mobile Telecommunications Accessibility Survey

As people living with disabilities in South Africa, we are faced with various challenges, from the mundane to the most unimaginable levels of discrimination.

 

When I interact with my mobile or cellular provider, I find a lot of things lacking.  Instead of complaining about it though, I am currently interacting with some parties to do something about this.

 

For this reason, I have created a survey.

 

If you are living with a disability and if you have the means and the time to fill it in, it will be appreciated.

 

You could even ask someone to fill it in for you.

 

To register for participation, please go to http://www.3bhost.co.za/surveys/index.php/866376/lang-en

 

This survey will be available until 11:59 PM on 23 April, 2013.

 

Your answers will be kept anonymous even though you would be registering an account for participation.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please feel free to email me at admin@AccessTech.co.za

 

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day further.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

In december of 2011, I purchased a Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. The reason for this was because my HTC ChaCha did not manage internal memory well; or well enough for me at least. Having said that, I must admit though that I can be a creature that is rather demanding. My wife seem to be quite happy with her HTC ChaCha so, take what I feel about its capabilities with a pinch of whatever.

Apart from the build of this phone, the Sony Ericsson XPeria Pro, I am quite happy with the phone. It never crashed on me yet but, anyways, in this podcast, I tell you a bit about the phone and let you experience what it sounds like.

Quick specs are at the end of the article:

Phone specifications

General:

  • 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
  • Announced 2011, February
  • Status Available. Released 2011, October

Body:

  • Dimensions 120 x 57 x 13.5 mm
  • Weight 142 g
  • Keyboard QWERTY
  • Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.7 inches (~265 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch Yes
  • Protection Scratch-resistant glass
  • – Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • – Timescape UI

Sound Alert types:

  • Vibration; MP3 ringtones
  • Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes
  • Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included
  • Internal 1 GB (320 MB user available), 512 MB RAM

Data:

  • GPRS Up to 86 kbps
  • EDGE Up to 237 kbps
  • Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
  • USB Yes, microUSB v2.0

Camera:

  • Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
  • Features Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
  • Video Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, check quality
  • Secondary Yes, VGA

Features:

  • OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
  • Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
  • CPU 1 GHz Scorpion
  • GPU Adreno 205
  • Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
  • Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
  • Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
  • Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
  • Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
  • Colors Black, Silver, Red
  • – SNS integration
  • – Type & Send feature
  • – HDMI port
  • – MP4/H.264/WMV player
  • – MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • – TrackID music recognition
  • – Organizer
  • – Office Suite Pro document viewer/editor
  • – Voice memo/dial/commands
  • – Predictive text input

Battery:

  • Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh
  • Stand-by Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
  • Talk time Up to 6 h 55 min (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
  • Music play Up to 31 h