What does TTY mean?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Azteka, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Azteka

    Azteka New Member

    Under Settings>Phone>TTY

    what does it mean and what does it do?
  2. stewcp

    stewcp Member

    It might be this?

    TTY, also known as Text Telephone Device or Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD), is a special device required at both ends of the conversation that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to use the telephone to communicate. TTY works by allowing people to type messages back and forth to one another instead of talking and listening.
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  4. mcaram16

    mcaram16 Member

    Can someone please tell me what TTY is??
  5. Youngbinks

    Youngbinks Zealot

  6. mcaram16

    mcaram16 Member

    well whats the point of it on the iphone?
  7. Youngbinks

    Youngbinks Zealot

    Well, I think you can use some extra equipment to set it up so that a deaf person (or any bit of hearing impairment) could use the phone as a communication device.
  8. jagxk

    jagxk Member

    TTY allows hearing impaired individuals to make and receive text phone calls.
  9. styfle

    styfle Zealot

    does that mean free texting?
  10. xcissexc

    xcissexc New Member

    i thought it converted voice to text for the deaf person and then converted text to voice for the non-deaf person. but i could easily be wrong on that
  11. JoeT

    JoeT Member

    Stew is correct.
  12. styfle

    styfle Zealot

    shall i try it? lol
  13. Draven

    Draven Member

    don't bother, it would only work when dialing another TTY enabled telephone number. Basically what it does is work like an old dial-up modem works by sending the information over a standard telephone signal, to just send textual information. Yeah, it's essentially texting, but you can't just go and text anyone you want, because technically it still isn't texting. Overall, if you're not deaf or don't actively communicate with deaf people, and don't actually have any other need to use it, don't bother trying to use it
  14. styfle

    styfle Zealot

    trying to ruin my fun?

    you guys seem to know a lot about phones here
    thanks for the info
  15. GSA190

    GSA190 Member

    Stew said it perfectly, As a sign language and def culture student I coulnd't of said it better.
  16. jareknyc

    jareknyc Member

    When you put it on its like a Phone and dots in the right hand side

    Please let me know what does that do

  17. Saverino

    Saverino Zealot

    I think TTY is for deaf people with hearing aids...I could be wrong though...
  18. bbritt

    bbritt New Member

    When I use my headset, people can only hear me when I use TTY. I thought it was for text based communication like stew had posted.
  19. iquanyin

    iquanyin New Member

    so if your friend does enable it on their end, too, then you can msg each other? this option's on all cellphones, i think. correct me if i'm wrong.
  20. iquanyin

    iquanyin New Member

    nvr mind. i missed the "special device" part.
  21. iPhoneMonster

    iPhoneMonster New Member

    I don't have that setting on my 3g with Optus in Australia.

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