Carolyn Arnold

Thanks for telling me. I guess you tried to find them,
didn't, asked, and Gerald said they were no longer

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of TerriLynne
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

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.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On
Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

How much does that phone cost?

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of TerriLynne
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:33 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

Has anyone tried this phone? Here is some info:


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

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

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

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

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

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

Entering Contacts

The blind user can enter contacts independently. With the
help of the Voice Guide, the process is intuitive and

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
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

Like all of Lucia's features, the SOS feature can be set up
by someone who is blind, with the assistance of the Voice

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

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