Sprint announced the availability of Wireless CapTel by Sprint powered by Raketu. This application can be installed on select Android phones to make it easier for people who are hard-of-hearing to use a mobile device. With Wireless CapTel by Sprint, users can read conversations with real-time word-for-word captions on their wireless phones. The application is compatible with select Android 2.2 or higher devices. It can be downloaded from the Android Market for free assuming you have an Everything Data plan.
Sprint Announces Next-Generation Mobile Solution for Hard of Hearing Android Users
Wireless CapTel® by Sprint® powered by Raketu® lets users read mobile conversations with the aid of captions
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 21, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the availability of Wireless CapTel by Sprint powered by Raketu, an application on select Android phones that increases accessibility in mobile communications for individuals who are hard-of-hearing.
Wireless CapTel by Sprint allows users to read conversations with real-time word-for-word captions on their wireless phones. Wireless CapTel by Sprint users place a call in the same way they would when using a traditional phone – by dialing the number directly on the device. The revolutionary application then connects callers directly to the CapTel service when the phone is dialed. When the receiving party answers, callers can listen to what the other person is saying and also read captions on the phone’s display screen.
The application can be downloaded on select Android 2.2 or higher devices from the Android Market for free with an Everything Data plan*.
Wireless CapTel calls are automatically routed through a captioning service. Users simply give friends, family, and other contacts their specialized Wireless CapTel by Sprint phone number to receive captions on every call.
“Sprint Relay is pleased to add another groundbreaking solution to its portfolio – and bring to the market a service that improves our customers’ experience,” said Mike Ellis, director-Sprint Relay.
For more information about the service, go to www.sprintcaptel.com.
The Wireless CapTel by Sprint application marks another breakthrough by Sprint for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. The company recently marked an industry first with the Sprint Relay ID pack – a bundle of applications, links, tips, icons, and widgets enabling a more robust wireless experience for those with hearing loss. The bundle includes voice mail transcripts, visual and vibrating alerts, and readable captions, all available in a single download. The bundle marks the first time a carrier has developed multiple applications in one package for those who are hard-of-hearing.