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Lissa Thies, who works at the Woodbury Lakes AT&T Wireless store, helps state Rep. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake learn features of his mobile telephone. AT&T workers helped more than 100 visually impaired Minnesotans with their wireless telephones Thursday and Friday.

Blind learn mobile phone details

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ST. PAUL -- Torrey Westrom gave Lissa Thies a simple request: learn the basics of using his mobile telephone.

His Motorola Q is a typical smartphone, capable of surfing the Web, sending and receiving e-mails and handling text messages, besides being used as a telephone. Even to the most technically inclined, the nearly 50 keys are intimidating. To a blind person such as Westrom, the task becomes many times tougher.

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