Is a great smartphone for deaf people the same as one for hard of hearing people? Maybe, maybe not. The Sidekicks on T-Mobile were inaccessible to a lot of hard of hearing people for a long time because they generated significant interference with hearing aids. I'm currently without a working smartphone and have been debating a LOT about what to buy to replace my dead one. I've been considering the Blackberry Curve, the Palm Pre, the Samsung Moment, the Treo Palm Pro, some HTC phones, the Droid and the Nexus. I just returned the iPhone and will discuss that in a separate posting. Nowadays smartphones seem to be a lot better about not creating so much interference, but they can vary a lot in how good the audio is. Some phones have been noted as having very good call audio quality, while others may have static or a tinny sound to them. Some manufacturers and cell phone providers actually discard some of the low frequency sounds that hard of hearing people need in order to understand someone's speech; when that happens, the hard of hearing person is further disadvantaged. There are issues about how strong the vibration is on a phone and how loud the ringers and alerts are. Speakers that are too puny to provide low frequency sounds aren't going to produce ringtones audible to a lot of hard of hearing people. There can be significant consequences for missing an incoming phone call because you can't hear the alert or feel it. Some phones have impressive technical specifications. I think I read that the iPhone had a range of 20 hz to 20,000 Hz. That's amazingly low, and useful for hard of hearing people. If there was a phone that could only provide a range of 400 hz to 3,000 hz, that might be good enough for hearing people but my beet is that the narrow range would make speech inaudible for a lot of hard of hearing people. I myself have a ski slope hearing loss and hear only to about 1000 Hz; if a phone doesn't provide low frequencies, it's like the sound that I hear the best has been knocked out. The only sound left to me would be the sound between 400 and 1000 hz, which would be inadequate for good speech discrimination and which would also sound terrible. So, audio quality is pretty important for hard of hearing people, but messaging and web browsing is important, too, as an accommodation for the hearing loss. For emergency purposes and for every day use, it's really useful to be able to look up information on the web easily, which would mean having a keyboard that's easy and fast to type on. There can be other neat things about a phone or even its operating system that might be particularly helpful to deaf and hard of hearing people. If there's ever a phone that would have a front-facing camera to shoot video, this would be helpful for both deaf and many hard of hearing people. Maybe one operating system will eventually support the display of captioned videos and/or Hulu.com captioned programs, and others won't. Also, some phones support the display of Web CapTel or the use of other relay services, and others don't. I'm hoping this will be a thread to keep feeding over time as new phones comes out. Let us know what you think about your smart phone for its browsing and messaging capability and other features, even if you don't know what the audio issues are like. Let us know what operating system you're using and what the version number is. Please change the title of your posting to reflect the name of the phone you're describing. Thanks in advance!