Free telephone caption service for hearing impaired

February 28, 2009
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The FCC has approved PhoneCaption, American Network, Inc.’s telephone captioning service for the deaf and hard of hearing. This new, patent-pending technology allows users to see captions of their conversations while talking on the phone. According to the company, this is the first service of its kind worldwide.

The text displays real-time text captions of the current conversation, similar to the closed captioning seen on television programs. The captions are displayed on a screen embedded in the telephone base, if the user has a special IP phone or, alternatively, they can be displayed via the Internet for users with only a conventional telephone.

This service, which is being funded by the FCC, is free to all Americans in the United States who are medically recognized as deaf or hard of hearing. Free captioning is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST daily, with 24/7 service planned in the future.

Those who wish to register for the free service can do so by creating an account on PhoneCaption.com and receiving an assigned 10-digit telephone number.