The Virginia Relay Technology Assistance Program (TAP) is now offering its first wireless device. The Jitterbug is an easy-to-use cell phone with a loud speaker and earpiece shaped to work with hearing aids. The phone is extremely popular with seniors who do not want the programming and complicated features often associated with today’s Smartphones and wireless communication devices.
The Jitterbug will be available through the TAP L2O (Loan-to-Own) program beginning in December. Exclusive to the program, qualified applicants will receive a no-cost phone and free activation, a waived five-minute Operator service fee, no contract and no cancellation fees, a free car charger and case, and free LiveNurse application with all rate plans.
While the Jitterbug cell phone will be provided by TAP L2O, recipients will be responsible for the costs of the monthly service plan. Plans will start at $14.99 for 50 minutes and include nationwide coverage. VDDHH also plans to add a captioning cell phone and smart phone to the TAP L2O equipment program in 2012.
To find out if you qualify for a Jitterbug cell phone, contact the VDDHH outreach office nearest you. For a list of office locations visit http://www.vddhh.org/orproviders.aspx or call 1-800-552-7917 (voice/text).
Virginia Relay would like to remind you that you can enjoy the convenience of CapTel wherever you happen to be with Hamilton Mobile CapTel for smartphones. Mobile CapTel allows you to read captions of what’s being said to you during conversations, providing word-for-word transcriptions displayed on your mobile device, similar to captions on a television. Mobile CapTel is free to use, available 24/7 and only requires two simple things:
1) A compatible smartphone with a speaker phone or a hands-free headset that works with hearing aids/cochlear implants
2) An account with Hamilton Web CapTel – requires a simple, one-time registration at www.hamiltonwebcaptel.com.
With a wide variety of Android, Blackberry, and iPhone smartphones available on the market, Hamilton now provides a convenient Smartphone Selector to determine if your phone is compatible with Mobile CapTel. Just visit http://www.hamiltoncaptel.com/mobile_captel/smartphone_selector/, select your wireless network provider and your phone, and you will find all the information you need to get started with Mobile CapTel.
The newest offering from Mobile CapTel is an app that is optimized for Android Tablets, allowing you to use your Android Tablet to read captions of your conversation while you listen and talk over the phone. To use the app, you will need to use your Android Tablet to download the Hamilton Mobile CapTel app from the Android Market and make sure you have registered for a Hamilton Web CapTel account. Once installed, you will be able to use Mobile CapTel to place and receive calls with your Android Tablet and any telephone (i.e. landline, office, cell phone or smartphone).
To learn more about Mobile CapTel, the Smartphone Selector, or Mobile CapTel for Android Tablets, please visit www.hamiltonmobilecaptel.com.