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


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


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day further.

A quick look at the Nokia E5

In this podcast, Junaid Mahomed tells us what he thinks of the Nokia E5 and why the Nokia N97 Mini really sucks.

The Nokia E5 has a qwerty keyboard and from what Junaid told me, he selected this phone due to this fact and the fact that it didn’t have a touch screen. I can see where he is coming from.

This phone was anounced in April of 2010 and made available in August of that same year. However, here in South Africa, this phone is not available to visually impaired users on any of the networks as a speaking phone.

This means that, should you as a blind or visually impaired person want to use this phone with speech, you’d have to purchase the phone and then purchase Nuance talks or MobileSpeak from Code Factory separately.

Quick specs are at the end of the article:

Dimensions 115 x 58.9 x 12.8 mm, 75 cc
Weight 126 g
Keyboard QWERTY
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels, 2.36 inches (~169 ppi pixel density)

Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes,

Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB included,
Internal 250 MB; 256MB RAM

GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32

HSDPA 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA 2.0 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP & DLNA technology
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, fixed-focus, LED flash,
Video Yes, VGA@15fps
Secondary No

OS Symbian OS v9.3, Series 60 rel. 3.2
CPU 600 MHz ARM 11
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
Colors Carbon Black, Chalk White, Sky Blue, Copper Brown, Silver Grey
– Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PDF viewer
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Voice command/dial
– Organizer
– Predictive text input

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
Stand-by Up to 635 h (2G) / Up to 670 h (3G)

Talk time
Up to 13 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 15 min (3G)
Music play Up to 38 h