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Unread 01-22-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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VCO in Cellphones?

Last week I got an Epic 4G cellphone and have Sorenson installed in it. It works okay, though it can get awkward holding the phone with one hand and signing with the other. I wonder if there is a VCO service I can download, where I can talk into the phone and either read the replies through words or Sign Language? Sorenson does not have that feature, rats. Does anyone know?
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Unread 01-22-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Last week I got an Epic 4G cellphone and have Sorenson installed in it. It works okay, though it can get awkward holding the phone with one hand and signing with the other. I wonder if there is a VCO service I can download, where I can talk into the phone and either read the replies through words or Sign Language? Sorenson does not have that feature, rats. Does anyone know?
I use the Sprint CapTel app on my Evo 4g. You have to download another app called Adobe AIR for it to work, and it does that for you when you download the captel app. It works nicely.

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Unread 01-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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I use the Sprint CapTel app on my Evo 4g. You have to download another app called Adobe AIR for it to work, and it does that for you when you download the captel app. It works nicely.

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With Cap Tel, you need to listen to the phone. I cannot do that. Hmmm.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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With Cap Tel, you need to listen to the phone. I cannot do that. Hmmm.
Why would you need to listen? The whole point of CapTel is that you can speak but can't hear.

Also, they do make little stands for the phone so you can set it on a surface and sign, my daughter just puts it on her desk and both hands free.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
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Why would you need to listen? The whole point of CapTel is that you can speak but can't hear.

Also, they do make little stands for the phone so you can set it on a surface and sign, my daughter just puts it on her desk and both hands free.
This from the link:

Wireless CapTel by Sprint is a free app available for individuals with hearing loss to place calls using CapTel services on select AndroidTM powered devices running OS 2.2 or higher. Using state-of-the-art voice recognition technology, CapTel delivers captions of everything your caller says, while you listen (with your residual hearing) and speak directly to your caller.


And yeah, I will build a stand somehow.
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Last week I got an Epic 4G cellphone and have Sorenson installed in it. It works okay, though it can get awkward holding the phone with one hand and signing with the other. I wonder if there is a VCO service I can download, where I can talk into the phone and either read the replies through words or Sign Language? Sorenson does not have that feature, rats. Does anyone know?
ZVRS supports both VCO (audio on a second audio call leg) and VCO+ (audio channel as part of your VRS video call).

With VCO+, you can voice and watch the interpreter sign the conversation to you.

You can install Z4 on most Android phones from Google Market, or on your iPhone/iPad2 from Apple's iStore.

The Epic 4G was one of the earliest phones supported.
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You don't NEED to listen or be able to hear anything. It's just an option if you want to. I've used CapTel without having my implants on, in other words I was completely stone deaf and couldn't hear anything. I just use it like regular VCO.
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ZVRS supports both VCO (audio on a second audio call leg) and VCO+ (audio channel as part of your VRS video call).

With VCO+, you can voice and watch the interpreter sign the conversation to you.

You can install Z4 on most Android phones from Google Market, or on your iPhone/iPad2 from Apple's iStore.

The Epic 4G was one of the earliest phones supported.
Looks perfect!
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You don't NEED to listen or be able to hear anything. It's just an option if you want to. I've used CapTel without having my implants on, in other words I was completely stone deaf and couldn't hear anything. I just use it like regular VCO.
Ahhh, okay then. I am comparing them and will decide soon. Thanks.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 01:36 PM   #10
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Last week I got an Epic 4G cellphone and have Sorenson installed in it. It works okay, though it can get awkward holding the phone with one hand and signing with the other. I wonder if there is a VCO service I can download, where I can talk into the phone and either read the replies through words or Sign Language? Sorenson does not have that feature, rats. Does anyone know?
Here's a link to a really nice stand for your model. There are others that are cheaper though.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #11
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Here's a link to a really nice stand for your model. There are others that are cheaper though.
http://www.amazon.com/BoxWave-Crysta.../dp/B000I8H84K
Very nice. Thanks.
It will look better than the one I am making from tongue compressors.
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Cap Tel it is. It is awesome! Thanks, everyone!
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I'd like to reiterate what every one has said about CapTel Sure it's nice if you can listen but there's no requirement. I think that VRS VCO has less latency, but I'm not as experienced with that.

CDMA does not allow both Data and Voice at the same time. When you use CapTel you're calling with your phone and using minutes. When you're in a 4G you'll be fine but when you're in 3G only or Roaming you will not be able to use voice and data at the same time!
(I went to Sprint's website and confirmed this via live chat with a customer support person.)
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That is why I have two smartphones to use Webcaptel. One phone for talking and other phone for texting. Works good!
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That is why I have two smartphones to use Webcaptel. One phone for talking and other phone for texting. Works good!
How does that work?
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Unread 01-25-2012, 09:41 AM   #16
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Well, you have a computer and the phone. You talk on the phone while you see the captions on the computer. With my smartphone is the same thing as a computer only a internet screen you read what the caller says on the screen while I'm on the other phone talking to the caller.
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Well, you have a computer and the phone. You talk on the phone while you see the captions on the computer. With my smartphone is the same thing as a computer only a internet screen you read what the caller says on the screen while I'm on the other phone talking to the caller.
I guess I mean how do you get the two phones connected to the person's one number that you are talking to?
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I guess I mean how do you get the two phones connected to the person's one number that you are talking to?
Hamilton CapTel: Web CapTel: Placing Calls

Look at the above site for web CapTel. If using that with two cell phones you use the browser in one to go to their site and the Place Call Form. In one box you enter your other cell phone number. In the other box you enter the number of who you want to call. The Hamilton site calls your other cell phone first, after you answer it the call is placed by Hamilton to the number you put in as who you want to call. When they answer you get captions of what they are saying on your first cell phone (the one with the browser open that you used to start all this). You use the second cell phone to talk (with your voice) to whoever you called.

I have done this with two phones both of which happen to use Verizon towers but are activated with Tracfone and Page Plus. It does not matter who your phones are activated with.

Edit: It is nice if you can hear enough to know when the other person quits talking when they first answer the call. There is a bit of a lag while the captionist is typing to you and the person called may hang up during that period of silence if you don't go ahead and give them a voice greeting explaining what kind of call you are making. You don't have to understand what they are saying to do this; just know when they quit talking.

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I use the Sprint CapTel app on my Evo 4g. You have to download another app called Adobe AIR for it to work, and it does that for you when you download the captel app. It works nicely.

Wireless CapTel by Sprint | Sprint800
I have put the Wireless CapTel by Sprint on a Droid 2 that is activated on Page Plus (a Verizon MVNO) in a Verizon 3G area. But . . . I cannot give much feedback about it as I have only made a couple of test calls using it. It did work.

Edit: As I also added to my prior post it is nice if you can hear enough to know when the other person quits talking when they first answer the call. There is a bit of a lag while the captionist is typing to you and the person called may hang up during that period of silence if you don't go ahead and give them a voice greeting explaining what kind of call you are making. You don't have to understand what they are saying to do this; just know when they quit talking.
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Don't forget if you have an android phone (froyo or later) or an iPhone, Hamilton CapTel has a free app that you can download. When using a smartphone, I like the App a lot better than the website, I use it at work all the time. In the settings of the app it's configured with the number of the phone at work. When I make a CapTel call, the system calls me (and in this case it rings the work phone not my cell) Then it dials the "outbound" number.

With the Hamilton CapTel App I can see what they say, and that's how the nice deaf man at wal-mart activates TracPhones for the old blue-hairs that are too helpless to do it themselves.
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Wireless CapTel by Sprint | Sprint800

I discovered that the Sprint app is less restrictive than Hamilton what Android you put it on based on cell service available in your area. It can go on any with an Android operating system of 2.2 (froyo) or higher. I am in a area with 3G Verizon coverage and have it on a Droid 2 that is activated on Paige Plus (Page Plus is a Verizon MVNO ).
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Unread 01-26-2012, 12:54 PM   #23
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Last week I got an Epic 4G cellphone and have Sorenson installed in it. It works okay, though it can get awkward holding the phone with one hand and signing with the other. I wonder if there is a VCO service I can download, where I can talk into the phone and either read the replies through words or Sign Language? Sorenson does not have that feature, rats. Does anyone know?
It does have that feature, see below from the FAQ at svrs.com


Does ntouch Mobile for Android™ support the Voice Carry Over (VCO) feature?
Yes. If you are using 4G or Wi-Fi service, you can make a VCO call using just your mobile phone (i.e., you only need one phone). If you are using 3G service, you will need to have another phone available to you besides your ntouch Mobile for Android™ phone (i.e., you need to have two phones). If you are using a GSM network device (AT&T or T-Mobile) you will be able to place a VCO call over 3G using the same phone.
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I have an iphone 4S. I use Hamiltonwebcaptel.com on my iPhone. Sprintwebcapel does not work on my iPhone. I don't know when the sprintwebcaptel will be available on my phone. I hope not too long!
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