By Curtis Chong
Among people who are blind or visually impaired, the iPhone is known for its built-in nonvisual access technology, VoiceOver, which is available at no additional cost. While the official announcement does not say whether or not the VoiceOver program will be included with the iPhone 4 on the Verizon network, the odds are good that Apple will not create a stripped down IOS 4 operating system for the Verizon Network that does not include VoiceOver.
Having the iPhone available on what is reputed to be the largest cell phone network (based on number of users) in the United States is terrific news for those of us who have longed to have more accessible cell phones on more networks.
Now, Verizon customers who are blind or visually impaired have another accessible cell phone to choose from, and they will be able to avail themselves of the unique approaches that Apple has developed to make the touch screen accessible to people who cannot see it.
As for me, I am currently using an accessible cell phone (not the iPhone) on the AT&T network, and aside from the poor reception that I sometimes experience with AT&T, I am fairly happy with what I have. However, I will be thinking very hard about whether or not it is worth it for me to switch to a better cell phone network now that the iPhone 4 will soon be available on it.