South African Mobile Telecommunications Accessibility Survey 2015

As South Africans who are living with disabilities, we find that we are sidelined as customers especially by the mobile networks.

 

The mobile networks, especially, are not necessarily interested in hearing what we’ve got to say.  They only try to conform to the minimum requirements enforced, (if ever) by ICASA.  I’m specifically thinking of MTN, who told me that they (know what they are doing, thank you very much); and that was more than five years ago.

 

Vodacom has a special needs helpdesk but, I, in particular, had a very bad experience with them and thus, I’m not a customer of theirs.

 

We should not be limited to a particular network just because they have a special needs desk.

 

The other networks have a lot to offer and they can actually provide the special needs assistance, if they really want to, without breaking the bank.

 

In 2013, we wanted to get your input on the accessibility for persons living with disabilities of the mobile networks in South Africa.

 

Many of you completed the survey.  Thank you.

 

I’ve engaged with Telkom Mobile and provided them with the statistics of the survey but, I haven’t received any feedback from them yet.

 

 

Just over 2 years later, I’ve decided to ask you for your input once again.

 

Please Click here to complete the survey.

 

It should not take you longer than 20 minutes but, depending on how much you have to add, it may just take a bit longer than that.

 

Should you require any assistance, you can contact us during office hours on 0127533663 and we will try to assist.  Alternatively, you can email us at admin@AccessTech.co.za.

 

Let’s try and use this platform to enable us to provide solutions suggestions to the mobile providers in addressing our needs as persons living with disabilities.

Sony Xperia S accessibility review

By Calvin Botha

 

Sony Xperia S accessibility review
Hi to you, dear reader! Thought I’d shoot through a
quick review of my experiences with my first android device and how accessible it is for those of us whose eyes don’t feel like working:).

 

the Sony Xperia s lt26I sports 32GB of internal memory, a 4.3″ HD Reality Display which, although quite large in phone terms, is extremely comfortable to use and, with the latest official updates, runs android 4.12.

 

In a word, jumping from good old symbian to android is akin to falling in love. OK, maybe a little dramatic, but you get the idea:).  The interface is snappy, the touch screen feels more interactive and the customization that is possible is staggering.

 

If you were as fearful as I was getting a touch screen device, android will put it to bed.

 

Dialing on my Nokia 701’s touch screen was always such a mission, but now, with the explore by touch feature (where you drag your finger across the screen and tap on the item you’d like), with the number pad taking up the entire screen, (feeling more like an old phone with physical buttons)), dialing is a breeze.

 

There were however 2 gripes. These were typing on the main keyboard and answering calls.

 

The built in xperia keyboard was totally unusable with talkback.

Fortunately, a few tests of the multitude of keyboard apps on the play store later, and I found swipe, created by nuance, the same company responsible for Talks.  Now I can qwerty type away!

 

Answering calls is for some reason also not supported on my device with talkback. It was quite frustrating tapping and swiping around as my device continued ringing. Fortunately, thanks to an app called easy answer, I now need simply lift the phone to my ear to answer it.

 

That summarizes my experiences thus far. The xperia S can now be added to the list of accessible devices.

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