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Unread 03-31-2011, 03:04 AM   #1
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What's the best Phone for Deaf people?

Right now I have a sidekick 2008 but I'm unsure if I want to go for the new sidekick that's coming out.

What's the best plan out there in your opinion?
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Unread 03-31-2011, 03:41 AM   #2
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It depends on what your needs are. AT&T has a Text Accessibility Plan.

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12 Deaf people in my small community have Samsung Galaxy. Also many like Samsung Epic and HTC Evo, and iPhone. All have P2P video phone call ability w/ VCO and relay, and have ITP relay as well. Plus all other cool smartphone things!
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I don't really use video phones much. I am more a text based person.
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Hi,

I am user of the Peek 9 device...they have unlimited emails and texts(IM). Under $20 or less...per monthly.

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I am user of the Peek 9 device...they have unlimited emails and texts(IM). Under $20 or less...per monthly.

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For what company?
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iPhone, Thunderbolt, and Samsung epic. They have front cam.
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free!!![/QUOTE]

Ha ha very funny.
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free!!!
Yes, but not portable. I could use a computer instead of a TTY for the same thing.
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Scottw,

The name of the company called "GetPeek". You can check that website.

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Right now I have a sidekick 2008 but I'm unsure if I want to go for the new sidekick that's coming out.

What's the best plan out there in your opinion?
I went to Tmo store, they said not yet arrive in, could be coming in end of april. If the price goes up in the plans then I could close the Tmo Acct and then join the Virgin Mobile either at Best Buy or Radio Shack..
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Yep I have same one with LVD display, so roll paper pretty cheap at Office Depot than deaf stores.
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Has anyone used this "Click and Talk" system from Phonak?

Click'nTalk - Overview | Phonak - life is on

Does it work well and sound natural?
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Right now I have a sidekick 2008 but I'm unsure if I want to go for the new sidekick that's coming out.

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best plan? get a lover to pay for your pager service!!
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My husband would object to that plan. Spoilsport.
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Has anyone used this "Click and Talk" system from Phonak?

Click'nTalk - Overview | Phonak - life is on

Does it work well and sound natural?
I can't hear on a phone, and most people here can't either, but this quote is from Phonak.

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Directly plugs to the mobile phone
Powered by the mobile phone
Device is activated automatically
Hearing instruments will automatically switch to phone mode during a call
No charging, no cables
So small to always have it at hand
No maintenance
Works with all CORE hearing instruments without fitting (excl. Petite models)
Robust digital wireless link to both hearing instruments simultaneously
Allow you to use the latest mobile phone technology
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I was all set to get the iPhone, but I was bowled over by the HTC Evo. Many here in my area have this, and it looks phenomenal. When my Tmobile contract is up next month (finally!) I'm buying that Evo and going to Sprint.
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I was all set to get the iPhone, but I was bowled over by the HTC Evo. Many here in my area have this, and it looks phenomenal. When my Tmobile contract is up next month (finally!) I'm buying that Evo and going to Sprint.
My daughter has that, and my granddaughter and I use it to play Angry Birds!

(She is better at it on the phone than I am.)
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Bottesini, yes, I read all that on the Phonak site, and it all sounds good. Sounding good and really being effective are two different things, though.

I have a T-coil on my hearing aids and don't find that it's very useful. I actually can use our landline phone a little better with just the regular program on the aids.

I tried to use a cell phone with a neck loop. Sound came through the T-coil. It was not effective for me at all. The sound was very buzzy and distorted. I gave up on it.

IF this Phonak thingie makes phone calls sound like normal conversation, or close to it, I'd really be interested. I can't quite figure out if it's basically an FM transmission, which would be pretty decent. I've had good luck using an FM microphone/receiver system in the past.

If it sounds like a T-coil transmission, forget it.
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Bottesini, yes, I read all that on the Phonak site, and it all sounds good. Sounding good and really being effective are two different things, though.

I have a T-coil on my hearing aids and don't find that it's very useful. I actually can use our landline phone a little better with just the regular program on the aids.

I tried to use a cell phone with a neck loop. Sound came through the T-coil. It was not effective for me at all. The sound was very buzzy and distorted. I gave up on it.

IF this Phonak thingie makes phone calls sound like normal conversation, or close to it, I'd really be interested. I can't quite figure out if it's basically an FM transmission, which would be pretty decent. I've had good luck using an FM microphone/receiver system in the past.

If it sounds like a T-coil transmission, forget it.
Sorry. I don't know what your hearing loss is like. Maybe your audiologist would let you try it before you buy it?
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Maybe. Although I thought I could just order it from Phonak directly. I found it on their site, not through my audi recommending it. But maybe I can't buy it that way? It's true that all my other stuff I've ordered through an audiologist.

I have about a 90db loss, but with hearing aids, I function pretty well in the hearing world (the only world I really know) for the most part, with the exception of being able to use the phone. And with aggravations listening to the car radio.

All I want is a phone that I can use to communicate, be it by hearing or with text, with my family. I don't want to play games, watch movies, get immediate stock reports, all the other bells and whistles. Just a plain ol' phone that lets me call and understand people.
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Maybe. Although I thought I could just order it from Phonak directly. I found it on their site, not through my audi recommending it. But maybe I can't buy it that way? It's true that all my other stuff I've ordered through an audiologist.

I have about a 90db loss, but with hearing aids, I function pretty well in the hearing world (the only world I really know) for the most part, with the exception of being able to use the phone. And with aggravations listening to the car radio.

All I want is a phone that I can use to communicate, be it by hearing or with text, with my family. I don't want to play games, watch movies, get immediate stock reports, all the other bells and whistles. Just a plain ol' phone that lets me call and understand people.
Text? Check Virgin Mobile . Cheap and reliable . I don;t know if their voice is good as I only use text.
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What actual phone do you use?

I had Virgin Mobile on my old cheap cell phone (which I have, uh, lost....) but texting was a pain, because it was the press once, press twice, press three times deal with picking out the letters. I want a new phone with a keyboard.

I so rarely used my old phone that I stocked it up with $25 worth of minutes at a time, and that amount would last me for months and months.

Obviously I can get along without a phone pretty well, but every so often I feel like I should join the modern world.
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What actual phone do you use?

I had Virgin Mobile on my old cheap cell phone (which I have, uh, lost....) but texting was a pain, because it was the press once, press twice, press three times deal with picking out the letters. I want a new phone with a keyboard.

I so rarely used my old phone that I stocked it up with $25 worth of minutes at a time, and that amount would last me for months and months.

Obviously I can get along without a phone pretty well, but every so often I feel like I should join the modern world.
Kyocera Loft. Like a fake Blackberry. But I will be getting an Android when my husband's contract runs out and we will both be using Virgin Mobile.
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Has anyone used this "Click and Talk" system from Phonak?

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It only works with Sony Ericsson mobile phones.

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Enjoy mobile phone conversations without thinking about the technology. Compact Click'nTalk fits into the base of a variety of Sony Ericsson mobile phones and provides unmatched sound quality to both ears simultaneously. Just click and enjoy!
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Ah, I had not noticed that little detail. Thanks for pointing it out.
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