Re: LUCIA CELL PHONE
The following snippet is taken directly from the Lucia web site:
Lucia is a 3G mobile phone. AT&T has announced that it will be shutting down its 3G network in 2022. T-Mobile has not yet made an official announcement regarding when it will shut down its 3G network. Should both AT&T and T-Mobile shut down their 3G networks before you are able to use Lucia for 2 years and 10 months, you will receive a discount when you purchase the 4G version of Lucia. To take advantage of this offer you must return your 3G version of Lucia to RAZ Mobility and the device must be operational. This offer is valid only if a 4G version of Lucia is available when your 3G phone is in need of replacement. This is your only remedy when both AT&T and T-Mobile shut down their 3G network.
Don't hold your breath. This statement has been on their web site for a long time, and there is still no 4G Lucia phone, which probably means that the manufacturer has decided not to produce one due to poor sales of the 3G model. It has been "out of stock" since sometime in 2018.
On 4/6/2020 1:33 PM, TerriLynne Pomeroy wrote:
Hi Carolyn, Gerald said that it is no longer available, but that it was $300. I didn't look to confirm his statement, but the site which I was looking at said that these phones were among the free phones you could get through the Obama plan to give cell phone access to everybody. TerriLynne -----Original Message----- From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:22 AM To: main@TechTalk.groups.io Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE How much does that phone cost? -----Original Message----- From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of TerriLynne Pomeroy Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:33 PM To: main@TechTalk.groups.io Subject: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE Has anyone tried this phone? Here is some info: LUCIA CELL PHONE The philosophy behind Lucia is straightforward: it is an easy-to-use alternative to a smartphone. It is also 100 percent accessible thanks to its very intuitive voice guide. The phone supports talk and text only; it does not support data. However, despite this fact, it offers quite a bit of flexibility and some very interesting features. Physical Description Lucia is five-and-a-half inches long, three-and-three-quarter inches wide and three-quarter inches deep. It fits nicely in the hand and has a sturdy feel. The display is two inches wide and a little more than one-and-half inches high. The display is very bright, but people who are blind can turn it off to save battery power. The buttons are large and well-spaced. The tactile feel is excellent thanks to the fact that the buttons on the T9 keypad are concave. The buttons used to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a call are different shapes and colors. At the top of the right edge of the phone is a circular button that serves three functions: when pressed while at the home screen it provides the time, date, battery strength and signal strength. When long pressed at the home screen it turns the voice guide on or off. When pressed elsewhere it repeats whatever is on the screen. The button below this is a square button that amplifies the audio while on phone calls. This feature is for people who are hard of hearing. The final physical feature on the right edge of the phone is a slider that is used to power the phone on and off or to lock the phone. On the left edge of the phone is the volume rocker. On the top edge of the phone is the hole for a 3.5 mm jack. On the back of the phone is the SOS button, discussed in detail below. The back panel can be removed to access the battery compartment. The battery is replaceable, which is a nice bonus. The Voice Guide The Lucia phone has a voice guide that allows users who are blind to use every feature of the phone. This is the phone's real "magic." While it speaks everything that is on the screen and everything that is pressed, it actually does considerably more than that. For example, if I am in the Call Log menu, the display might show that I have a missed call from "Robert." But the Voice Guide says, "one missed call from Robert." So, in some cases the Voice Guide provides more information than the display itself. In addition, the Voice Guide provides other useful information, such always saying "Lucia is ready" when the user is at the Home Screen, allowing the user to always know where they are in the menu system, and tell me when the charger is connected or disconnected. Also, the Voice Guide has a "Talking Watch" which speaks the time. The Voice Guide can speak in a number of languages, including English, Spanish and French, and the user can select different voices. The Voice Guide audio can be made quite loud for those who are hard of hearing and is very clear. Making Calls There are three primary ways in which someone who is blind can make phone calls. First the user can simply dial the number from the home screen. As the digits are pressed, they are announced by the Voice Guide. The Voice Guide can also repeat the entered digits, if needed. If you delete a digit, for example the digit 5, the Voice Guide will say "5 deleted." Second, the user can go to their Contacts, scroll through the various names as they are spoken by the Voice Guide, and press the Call button when the user hears the name of the person that they want to call. Third, calls can be placed directly from the Call Log, which provides an option to dial missed calls and previously dialed numbers. Lucia does not currently support voice dialing, but this feature will be added in the future. Having said that, calling with the help of the Voice Guide is extremely easy. Accessing Missed Call Information Blind users can access missed call information with the assistance of the Voice Guide. Lucia will provide the name of the person who called (if the caller is in the contacts), as well as the call's time and date. Users will be notified of missed calls with a chime. If desired, Lucia can be programmed to vibrate, as well. Also, when there is a missed call or missed text message, the LED light will flash blue, which is useful for people with low vision. Sending and Receiving Text Messages Lucia's Voice Guide allows users who are blind to send and receive text messages. While typing a message with the old T9 keypad takes some time to master, the process of sending and receiving messages is very simple. And text can be edited with ease. Users will be notified of incoming messages with a chime and Lucia can be set to vibrate, as well. As with missed calls, the LED light will flash blue when a text message is received. Entering Contacts The blind user can enter contacts independently. With the help of the Voice Guide, the process is intuitive and simple. Status Information The Voice Guide provides a number of pieces of information that fall into the "status" category. Specifically, it will speak the battery level, the signal strength, the time and date and the name of the wireless provider. This information can be accessed by pressing the Status button on the top right edge of the phone while at the Home screen. Moreover, the user can customize the information that is spoken. In other words, if the user wants Lucia to speak only the amount of battery remaining and not provide the other status information, this can be done. Setting Alarms Lucia has a comprehensive alarm system. A user can set a one-time alarm or repeating alarms. For instance, the user can set an alarm to go off every morning at 9AM. The alarm can be accompanied by a reminder message. For example, the message can say "remember to take your medication." Lucia can save hundreds of alarms at one time. SOS Button Lucia has a physical SOS button at the back of the phone. To prevent unintended activation, the button must be held for three seconds to activate. When activated, the phone starts calling up to five emergency contacts stored in the phone. If one of the called persons does not answer, Lucia will call the next person and so on, until someone answers the call. The majority of people who use Lucia will be seniors, so this feature should be quite useful for many users. It provides an additional layer of security at no additional cost. Like all of Lucia's features, the SOS feature can be set up by someone who is blind, with the assistance of the Voice Guide. Features for Low Vision As discussed above, the buttons are large and nicely spaced. The buttons on the T9 keypad are concave to provide an excellent tactile feel. The buttons used to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a call are different shapes and different colors. The display has good contrast and supports seven different color schemes. Font size is not adjustable class="table-bordered" but large, and the most recently typed character is always displayed in extra-large font size. For example, when typing a phone number, the most recently typed digit is one inch high; the other digits are almost half an inch high. Wireless Service Lucia is unlocked and operates on AT&T, T-Mobile or other wireless providers that operate on one of those networks. Plans for unlimited talk and text are available for as low as $19 through prepaid wireless providers, such as Red Pocket.