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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

UK Service TextMagic Makes Texting Your Friends as Easy as Sending Email

Text messaging has become a key part of most people’s lives in the UK over the past ten years. It’s estimated that 85% of the British population own a mobile phone, with a staggering 11 million text messages sent every hour. It’s great news for helping the average person keep in touch with their friends and family – but less so for the more than two million blind and visually impaired people in the UK, for whom text messaging on a mobile phone can be difficult or impossible.

Many developments have been made in society in terms of technology for the blind and visually impaired population to help them go about their daily lives with ease, but text messaging hasn’t been one of them. In contrast, as more and more people take to communicating by text rather than by phone calls, it can lead to the visually impaired becoming alienated from their text-messaging social circle.

Text messaging doesn't have to be restricted to small and fiddly mobile phone keypads and screens. Technology for the blind by companies such as TextMagic means that communicating by text message has been made simple and easy to perform on a PC, MAC  or laptop, which opens up the world of text messaging to those new areas of society.

The services offered by TextMagic, which includes a simple to use web-based application called TextMagic Online and Email to SMS software which assist users to easily send and receive online text messages from their email account, meaning that this technology for the blind and visually impaired helps them to easily send and receive text messages to mobile phones anywhere in the world, in any of eleven different languages.

It’s not just the blind and visually impaired population who struggle with text messaging on a mobile phone, there are many others who suffer with impairments or paralysation who have found more accessible software such as TextMagic a huge boon to their daily lives. Many people who have suffered strokes or other paralysis are unable to use mobile phones, but with small modifications can use computer keyboards, meaning that using the TextMagic technology for the blind, keeping in touch by text messaging is now within their reach. 

TextMagic firmly believes that their software has an important place in making popular technology accessible to the wider population, particularly those who via illness or disability find mobile phones difficult to use.

For more information about the simple to use TextMagic online text messaging applications and how this technology for the blind and visually impaired can help change lives, visit Visitors to the website can sample how easy it is to use by sending a test message before signing up. There’s no contract commitment, for TextMagic operates a ‘pay as you go’ system, with a purchase of 200 credits for 250 SMS text messages within the UK costing just £19.99, that’s less than 8 pence per text message.

1 comment:

William said...

This is great; I would like to have a list of the short cuts for texting or where to find a list.
Thanks William

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