AT&T Hopes to Launch WiFi Calling On iPhone Soon
The iOS 9 update, made available by Apple this week, added a WiFi Calling option to AT&T's version of the Apple iPhone. Despite the feature's appearance on the handset, the service isn't quite ready. AT&T is waiting for the FCC to grant a waiver with respect to real-time text (RTT) as an alternative for the out-going TTY technology used by the hard-of-hearing. AT&T requested the waiver earlier this year. The company wants to use WiFi to supplement its cellular network in some areas, but TTY is unreliable when used over WiFi. The RTT technology to replace it is nearly ready, but requires a rule change from the FCC before AT&T can move forward. "AT&T tested WiFi Calling through the iOS 9 beta and we are prepared to support commercial launch of the service once approved by the FCC," said AT&T in an email to Phone Scoop. AT&T customers who signed up for WiFi Calling through the iOS 9 beta are still able to use it, even though the service isn't officially available. Such beta testers will be notified when the service goes live for everyone. The FCC hasn't said if or when it may approve AT&T's request. WiFi Calling has been available to Sprint and T-Mobile iPhones for some time.
Aug 16, 2018
Google today said that it partnered with GN Hearing to create an open specification meant to stream audio to hearing aids. The published spec is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels.
Feb 4, 2019
Google has two new apps rolling out designed to help the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing use their smartphones to understand people speaking aloud around them. Live Transcribe is an app that listens, converts speech to text, and simply displays a live transcript on the screen of what's being said aloud nearby.
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Apple today announced iOS 13 with a long list of new features for iPhones. The Apple text keyboard now supports swipe gesture typing, which Apple calls Quick Path.
Jul 11, 2019
Verizon today started selling the Alcatel Go Flip V, a close cousin of the similar-looking feature phone Alcatel offers on other US carriers as the Go Flip, MyFlip, QuickFlip, and Cingular Flip 2. Unlike those other models — which run KaiOS — the Go Flip V runs custom software based on AOSP (open-source Android), with more memory (both RAM and storage) to support the more-demanding software.
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.