RNIB_Landline_telephone_factsheet by W72JwZk


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          Landline telephones
          About this factsheet
          A short guide highlighting landline telephones from RNIB with an overview of
          the important features to consider when buying a telephone for someone who
          is blind or partially sighted.

          What are the key features to consider?
          There are many different telephones available, but design trends mean
          products are becoming smaller and more complex. RNIB has been working
          with leading companies to design and develop models that are easier to see
          and operate. Prices range from £17 upwards, depending on the features you
          require. The full range can be found at rnib.org.uk/shop

          Big Buttons
          Large number keypad and menu buttons labelled with clear numbers can
          help to avoid misdialling.

          Keypad Layout
          In addition to the number keys, memory functions can require the use of
          additional buttons. It is important that the keypad is clearly laid out, the
          buttons are properly separated and that different shape and size buttons are
          used to identify different functions. Some speed dial buttons have the facility
          to insert a picture or large print label to aid with easier dialling helping with
          recognition and identification.

          Memory Features
          One-touch speed dialling for frequent numbers can be a very helpful feature.
          Store important or frequently used numbers against a specific memory
          button, so that you just press one button to dial rather than using the
          keyboard. Some assistance may initially be required to help set up the
          memory buttons.

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          We have several phones that are simple to use with basic functions, one
          example is, the PhotoEasy (DH268) which is a low-cost corded telephone
          with three very large picture memory buttons and clear keypad layout. It is
          hearing aid compatible and suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

          An alternative design to the PhotoEasy, is the MemoryPlus amplified
          telephone (DH255N). Ideal for people with reduced dexterity it has well laid
          out keys and four large memory buttons. The phone is supplied with an
          optional key pad cover. Ideal for someone with dementia, the cover leaves
          access to the labelled memory buttons, helping guide those suffering with
          memory loss. This model is suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss.

          If you are happy with your existing phone but would like the memory button
          function, then the Memory photo dial pad (DH258) can be connected between
          your phone and the wall socket. It has six extra large, one-touch, picture
          memory buttons and a hidden keypad underneath to programme or change
          the numbers in the memory.

          Talking telephone
          Some mainstream phones have limited speech functions, for example just
          announcing the number dialled. For this reason, RNIB and Geemarc
          designed the only fully talking RNIB Big button talking telephone (DH275) that
          announces numbers and menu functions in a clear female voice. Features
          include a talking phonebook for 50 contacts and talking caller ID (subscribe
          through your network provider). This model also benefits from a large display
          screen (described below).

          Display screens
          Our range of telephones with LCD (liquid crystal display) used typically for
          caller ID (if you subscribe to this service), have been selected as they have
          clearer displays than many available on the high street. We are constantly
          working with mainstream companies to improve the size and contrast of LCD
          displays to make them easier to see.

          The Big button talking telephone (DH275) also benefits from an exceptionally
          large display with characters measuring 2.2 cm. You can set the characters to
          be dark on a light background, or light on a dark background. It displays the
          date and time, the number you are dialling as well as menu options.

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         A speakerphone function means that you can make and receive a call without
         picking up the handset which many people find useful. The BT big button
         (DH216), RNIB talking telephone (DH275), are examples of telephones with
         handsfree speakerphones.

         Cordless Telephones
         The main benefit of a cordless model is the ability to move around the home
         and even the garden, while having a chat. These telephones use digital
         (DECT) technology which should provide a clearer sound than analogue
         units, over a wider distance. Handsets sit in a base unit for easy storage and
         recharging when not in use.

         Large button models can be linked with other cordless handsets already in
         situ by using “GAP” compatibility. GAP stands for “Generic Access Profile”,
         which allows differing brands to be paired and work together for basic
         functions. Typically, you would have one DECT telephone plugged into the
         telephone socket and a second DECT handset just mains power input to act
         as an extension.

         Current cordless models have phonebook functions, clear keypads and black
         numbers on white screens. The HearPlus (DH259) has three dedicated
         memory buttons and the benefit of being suitable for moderate to severe
         hearing loss, while you can automatically answer the MyDECT100+ (DH306)
         by simply lifting the handset out of the base unit.

         Hearing Aid Compatible
         Some telephones have an inductive coupler in the handset which means that
         the amplified sound can be listened to using the „T‟ setting on a hearing aid.
         Models with this feature are described in our catalogue and online shop as
         “Hearing Aid Compatible” and give an indication of the level of hearing loss
         for example suitable for mild, moderate or severe.
         MemoryPlus (DH255N) suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss Hear
         Plus (DH259) cordless is also suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss.

         Alert Functions
         Telephones can be an important safety aid to someone who is at risk due to
         health issues. The CareSecure Plus telephone (DH256) includes a pendant
         that can be activated to dial pre-programmed numbers to get assistance in
         the event of an emergency or fall.

         All RNIB products have large print instructions that give clear guidance on
         features and operation. Braille and audio instructions are also available on
         request at time of order, or download them from the product page on our
         online shop.

         Products are fully explained including orientation around operating buttons,
         battery compartment, functions and menus, as appropriate.

         Where can I have a demonstration of these products?
         There is a network of resource centres around the UK demonstrating RNIB
         products. Contact your nearest RNIB and Action for Blind People Resource
         Centre or local society for more information.

         Contact us
         Call us on 0303 123 9999
         Email: shop@rnib.org.uk
         Browse our full range online at www.rnib.org.uk/shop

         Version: December 2011


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