TORONTO, May 8 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless today announced the launch of the Nokia 6682RVI, equipped with screen reading software to make it accessible for customers with vision loss. The Nokia 6682RVI, equipped with Nuance TALKS™ software from Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) gives consumers with vision loss equal and independent access to many of today's advanced wireless features and services. Nuance TALKS essentially turns the Nokia 6682RVI handset into a "talking phone" by converting menus, instructions and content displayed on the screen into audio output through its internal speaker, or an optional wired or Bluetooth headset. According to Statistics Canada, there are more than 600,000 Canadians living with significant vision loss. Current projections indicate that with our aging population, this number will increase dramatically over the next ten years. Nuance TALKS allows these customers to be more wirelessly connected since audible cues provide access to the services available on the phone. "As Canada's largest wireless carrier, Rogers Wireless continues to offer the latest innovations in mobile communications. The 6682RVI levels the mobile playing field by giving our customers with vision loss the ability to independently access and interact with some of the most advanced wireless features and services available today," said John Boynton, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "CNIB applauds Rogers for its leadership in creating an accessible cell phone," commented Jim Sanders, CNIB President & CEO. "Technology holds great potential in increasing independence for people with vision loss; however this potential is only realized if a product is accessible. Devices like this are invaluable for anyone, particularly seniors, who experience difficulty reading small print." "We are pleased to be working with Rogers Wireless and the CNIB on such an important initiative," said Paul Chapple, General Manager, Nokia Canada. "As a mobile phone manufacturer, we are committed to always keeping our customers connected, be it with friends, family or loved ones. A mobile phone that is accessible to consumers with vision loss is an important part of this commitment."With Nuance TALKS and the Nokia 6682RVI, customers can: - With audio feedback, send and receive emails and text messages - Customize phone settings and profiles according to personal preferences - Monitor status indicators for battery, network, etc. - Manage call logs and personal phone directory - Use calendar, notes, (Increase/decrease volume of voice synthesizer) - Increase/decrease speaking rate - Available in English and FrenchThe Nokia 6682RVI is ONLY available on rogers.com/visuallyimpaired for $199.00 with a three year term or by calling 1-888-764-3772 or 1-888-ROGERS-2. About Rogers Wireless Rogers Wireless Inc. is Canada's largest wireless voice and data communications services provider with offices in Canadian cities across the country, more than 6.9 million customers, and two powerful brands: Rogers Wireless and Fido. Rogers Wireless, which operates Canada's largest and most reliable integrated wireless voice and data network, providing advanced voice and wireless data solutions to customers from coast to coast, is Canada's only carrier operating on the GSM/GPRS technology platform, the world standard for wireless communications technology and the only technology that enables roaming around the world in over 180 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please visit www.rogers.com. About CNIB CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to research, public education and the vision health of all Canadians. CNIB provides the services and support necessary to enjoy a good quality of life while living with vision loss. Founded in 1918, CNIB reaches out to communities across the country, offering access to training, innovative consumer products and peer support programs, as well as alternative format newspapers and magazines, and braille and talking books from its library. To find out more visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642. About Nokia Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.ca.