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  1. On 2/17/2021 at 10:07 AM, Longcat said:

    Here's my small collection of sliders; Nokia N900 on the left, and Xperia Play on the right. I haven't found a cheap E7 yet to score once again. I've always dreamed of the Nokia N950 though. The developer-only phone with - what seemed to be - a decent camera (back when I thought that was entirely dependent on the number of megapixels, and the ability to autofocus). I'm just glad the F(x)tec Pro1 exists to fill the gap in this era.




    I have a brand-new E7 that I gave to a friend of mine who is an engineer for Verizon a few years ago. He was interested in trying to get Android running on it since the Nokia bootloaders had been unlocked, etc... I don't think he ever did anything with it though, and if you are still looking for an E7 to purchase for your collection, let me know and I'll give him a call to see if he still has it (probably sure he still does) and I'll have him send it back to me.

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  2. I decided to respond to this topic as this is where I first joined the Pro 1 community. As mentioned previously, I have a vision impairment and require a screen reader to use items such as my computer, cell phone, and so on.

    I finally decided to take the plunge and I placed an order for an FX TEC Pro 1 the other day as I'll need a new phone soon since Verizon will be shutting down it's 3G network at some point and I'll need to get a 4G LTE capable phone. So instead of settling for another overpriced iPhone or a run of the mill Android phone, I decided to get what I wanted, and that was the Pro 1. I do have a friend who is an engineer at Verizon and told me he'd help me get the phone running on the VZW network here in the USA.

    I miss having buttons and after my Nokia E62 and then an E7 (which flips open similar to the Pro 1), I've had an iPhone for the last few years, and while the screen reader is nice, the iPhone is to locked down and I truly hate Apple products for this reason. But as said, hopefully I get my Pro 1 in a reasonable time frame and I'm hoping to provide feedback of the Pro 1 on the forums here from someone like myself who is blind/has a vision impairment and requires assistive technology.

    I didn't notice on the forums if there was anyone else using the Talks app with the Pro 1 or not, but if so, I'd love to hear your feedback, and if not, I'll be happy to provide mine once I receive the phone and get a chance to begin playing and exploring it using the Talks screen reader.

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  3. Hello-
    It's been a while since I've been on the forum, but I have decided to take the plunge and purchase a Pro1. While I'm not against placing an order for a brand new one, it seems as though delivery time is an issue. From what I've read on here, it can be anywhere between 12 weeks to a year from what it sounds like. If I was guaranteed a delivery date, I would have no issue with just ordering one.

    With that said, I was wondering if there is anyone here in the USA who has a Pro 1 with the QWERTY keyboard who is looking to sell? I'm willing to pay the retail price of $700.00. or maybe more depending on someones selling/asking price.

    If you have one you are willing to sell/part with, please contact me as I am a serious buyer.


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  4. 1 hour ago, Craig said:

    Not I.  But both AT&T and T-Mobile (and their MVNOs) are no issues whatsoever with Pro¹.   Verizon is possible but complicated as not officially supported.  Nobody's really tried Sprint.

    Sprint doesn't really matter as they got bought by T-Mobile and from what I have read, T-Mobile will transition those customers over to the T-Mobile network and shut down Sprint's CDMA network in time.


    I currently have Verizon but would switch back to T-Mobile if need be, but it sounds like there have been people out there who have gotten the Pro1 running on the Verizon 4G LTE network.


    I  sent the folks at FX TEC an email asking some questions in regards to a person with a vision impairment and the use of the Pro1, but haven't heard back yet. So if anyone from FX TEC is reading this, hope you got my email and will get back to me.




  5. Hello all, I'm a bit late to this topic, came across it while doing a search on the Pro1 since I am visually impaired/blind as well. The Pro1 caught my attention because of the qwerty keyboard. I loved the Nokia E63 and E7 that I had for several years, running the Nuance Talks screen reader software on the symbian platform, but with the demise of Symbian and that platform, I eventually went to an iPhone. While nice, I don't really like the phone being a complete touch screen. As a blind person, we like to be able to focus the control of the screen, meaning using keyboard commands, using hot keys, etc... I am (giving examples of using a laptop and the JAWS screen reader software)


    Anyway, I came across the Pro1 and it caught my attention! I'd like one, but since there are no US carriers that offer this phone, I am hesitant to spend $700 without getting to see one at a store first and take it for a test drive with the Android talkback screen reader. So I'm curious to know if the initial thread starter that mentioned they were blind has had an opportunity to evaluate the phone, and if so, I'd enjoy hearing the feedback.


    I did send FX TEC an email and told them that the market for a phone like they are selling definately has value to the blind community as we rely on touch and being able to control the phone with a keyboard would be a great advantage. I'd be willing to test a phone for FX TEC and provide feedback from a person with a vision impairment.



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