Sprint Offers New Accessibility Option for Hard-of-Hearing
Sprint today announced a new application for Android smartphones that is meant to help those customers who are hard of hearing more easily interact with their family/friends through their phone. The service, called Wireless CapTel, routes all calls placed to/made from the CapTel user through a captioning service, which transcribes the conversation into text and displays it on the device's screen where it can be read. The application is available in the Android Market and is compatible with devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and up.
AT&T iPhone Owners Can Now Use WiFi Calling
AT&T today enabled WiFi calling on the iPhone. iPhone owners who've updated to iOS 9 can make and receive voice calls via WiFi rather than cellular networks.
Google Maps Transit Navigation Adds Wheelchair-Compatible Routes
Google today updated Google Maps public transit navigation with support for wheelchairs. The company asked its Local Guides to begin adding wheelchair/accessibility data to Maps last fall.
Facebook Messenger Adds PayPal as Funding Source for Peer-to-Peer Payments
Facebook Messenger and PayPal today made it possible for people to use their PayPal account as a source of funds when paying friends and family. Facebook Messenger has supported P2P payments for some time now, but previously required people to rely on their debit card for funds.
FCC to Let Phone Companies Replace TTY with RTT
The FCC this week adopted rules that will allow carriers to replace their existing (but aging) TTY systems with the more modern RTT (real-time text) service. The move is meant to expand the tools for the deaf, hard of hearing, and blind.
Facebook's Messenger Kids App Lands On Android Devices
Facebook's messaging application for children, announced late last year, is now available for Android devices via the Google Play Store. Messenger Kids is a mobile app that gives kids under the age of 13 the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends.
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CapTel?....i thought Nextel was for the hard of hearing?