Deaf pager


CommtechWireless is one of the world's largest manufacturers of alphanumeric, numeric and tone-only pocket pagers. We currently supply low cost pagers to telecommunications and paging service providers around the world. Our range of pocket pagers includes very simple, no-nonsense numeric pagers, tone-only pagers and multi-line alphanumeric pagers such as the 6120 pager. The 6120 pager is one of our more popular pagers - a 2 line alphanumeric pager, with programmable frequency, duplicate message detection, priority override, beep tones and melody alerts. CommtechWireless' range of pagers is ideal for use as a deaf pager. Users can now send text messages to human operators, who call a hearing recipient on the phone and read the message. The recipient can then tell the operator to send a message back to the deaf person's pager. The human operator is part of a state-mandated relay service designed for older equipment known as TTY machines. These can send and receive text messages through regular phone lines. Of course, lugging around these machines, which look like electronic typewriters, and plugging them into phone lines hasn't been an attractive option for the deaf. In some ways, the pagers even take the part of the radio for the deaf. Users can subscribe to services that send news and traffic reports, or tips on where closed-captioned movies are playing.

Two way pagers

Two-way text pagers, new on the market in 1997, are growing in popularity among Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the USA today. Text pagers are a communication alternative for those who are unable to effectively use cellular phones. Two-way pagers are email based communication tools. These small light devices have a QWERTY keyboard and LED screen. Text pagers are used to reach anyone, anytime, from almost anywhere. They communicate to other pagers or computers utilizing a vibrator to alert the user when a message arrives. Some pagers have extra service features such as sending faxes, live TTY chat, instant message chat, voice to text or text to voice, browse on websites, direct connection to AAA (motor club) or organizational tools.

Conclusion

E-mail pagers are giving deaf people the freedom to move around and communicate like never before. With 28 million deaf or hard of hearing people in the U.S. alone, there is a big market for these devices and the services that can be provided on them, such as news and traffic reports.

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