Sprint and LG Electronics on Thursday announced that the LG Optimus F3 smartphone will go on sale online starting June 14 for $29.99, after rebate, with a two-year agreement.
The offer is unusual not only because of the low price, but also because it comes pre-loaded with TalkBack from Google to help blind and vision-impaired users interact with the device.
The text-to-speech app will be immediately accessible to help customers activate and set up their phones.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse unveiled the phone at the M-enabling conference in Arlington, Va. He said the new phone has a robust set of features for all users, but is "uniquely empowering for people with disabilities."
The phone also can download a new Accessible Education ID pack for K-12 students who cannot fully read the printed page because of various disabilities.
The pack includes a set of applications and Web services that customize mobile Web pages to remove clutter and present the user with the most pertinent information needed.
The Accessible Education ID pack, developed by Apps4Android, includes six applications that provide access to WebMATH, KhAndroid and IDEAL Equation Finder, a speech recognition-based app.
The LG Optimus F3 also includes a home button that changes colors for specific functions, such as turning green for a phone call or red for a text message.
The device runs Android 4.1.2 and can handle data over 4G LTE networks that are now available in 88 U.S. cities.
It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 2,460 mAh battery. a 4-in. display and front and rear cameras, the latter rated at 5 megapixels.
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