World’s first mobile phone for the blind now available in Australia

THE world’s first mobile phone designed especially for the blind and vision impaired is now available in Australia, following the phone’s successful launch in the UK in May.

The braille OwnFone is produced using 3D printing and will offer an alternative for the 35,000 Australians who are currently blind, as well as those with low vision.

Without a screen or the ability to receive texts, they are aimed at people who just want to receive calls and phone specific people.


Costing around $89 with call plans from $2.35 a week, the phone has three braille buttons, allowing users to dial up to three predetermined numbers.

Each device has the ability to dial triple zero.

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