RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for Customers with Visual Impairments

By Marketwire .
May 7, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

WATERLOO, ONTARIO (Marketwire) 05/07/12 Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today launched BlackBerry® Screen Reader, a free software application that helps customers who are blind or visually impaired operate their BlackBerry® smartphone.

BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on visual information displayed on a BlackBerry smartphone.

“We are excited to introduce BlackBerry Screen Reader as part of our suite of accessibility solutions for BlackBerry smartphones,” said Greg Fields, Senior Product Manager. “BlackBerry Screen Reader helps customers with visual impairments stay connected with the people and information that matter most to them, and is representative of RIM’s continuing commitment to support customers with disabilities.”

Key features of BlackBerry Screen Reader include:

  • Support for core applications – Users can easily access core BlackBerry applications including email, calendar, phone calls and more.
  • Speech settings – users can customize the text-to-speech settings (volume, pitch and speech rate) and preferences for punctuation, verbosity and password security.
  • Keyboard shortcuts – Users can set speech and audio preferences quickly and easily through (physical) keyboard shortcuts
  • Accessible documentation – User Guide available in accessible HTML through a desktop web browser.

BlackBerry Screen Reader is available now as a free download from www.blackberry.com/screenreader for the BlackBerry® Curve(TM) 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones. The application is available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

For information about BlackBerry accessibility solutions for customers with disabilities, visit www.blackberry.com/accessibility.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day.

Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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Contacts:

Media Contact:
Krista Seggewiss
Research In Motion
519-597-0348
kseggewiss@rim.com

Investor Contact:
RIM Investor Relations
519-888-7465
investor_relations@rim.com

Published May 7, 2012
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