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  • IP-Relay App Comes To The iPhone


    Purple Communications Inc., a maker of text and video relay and on-site interpreting services, is helping hearing-impaired iPhone owners with the launch of a pretty new app that is billed as the first of its kind. IP-Relay for the iPhone/iPod Touch enables users to make direct IP-Relay calls from their mobile device, or dial anyone in their iPhone address book with a few touches on the screen.

    Although this app's arrival for the iPhone is worth noting for several reasons, it is most significant because it enables "a direct connection between a deaf iPhone user and a hearing person." In this regard, IP-Relay for iPhone and iPod Touch is groundbreaking for being the first offering in the App Store that can successfully improve the communication capabilities of iPhone users within the deaf community.

    Although many of the criticisms levied at Apple's App Store in recent years have centered on some of the surprising admissions that slipped past Apple's radar, other (and perhaps more meaningful) complaints haven't risen to the surface quite as readily, including those that expressed frustration with a lack of applications designed for individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.

    Ronald E. Obray, Purple's vice chairman, says:
    It feels great to offer our customers another way to connect, particularly on the iPhone which more and more in the Deaf Community are choosing for mobile text communication.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: IP-Relay App Comes To The iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. FiLLYBoii's Avatar
      FiLLYBoii -
      Amazing! Go iphone go!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post

      lol looks like she's flashin the horns. \m/\m/
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      not to be mean or anything, but deaf people have phones?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      apparently so. or maybe hard of hearing people?
    1. GreggSymington's Avatar
      GreggSymington -
      Not only do they have iPhones, buy they ONLY have to pay for data.
    1. mgebara's Avatar
      mgebara -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      lol looks like she's flashin the horns. m/m/
      Why not? It still vibrates and has the best SMS experience on a mobile phone (try going back to predicative text )
    1. glendoor's Avatar
      glendoor -
      Can't wait for this to come out. I've been waiting for something like this forever
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      good to hear
    1. kjrexplorer's Avatar
      kjrexplorer -
      What would really be nice is if Apple would put a camera on the front of the phone so it could be used as videophone. Who wants to type everything they have to say when you could just sign it.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by GreggSymington View Post
      Not only do they have iPhones, buy they ONLY have to pay for data.
      How much is it for ONLY data? That would be a pretty good deal. I can still use my family plan so my phone is only like $10 extra/ month. I'm not deaf, though, could that be a problem? I mean, I can MAKE myself deaf if I tried....
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      IP Relay is a joke. I used it when I was a kid for prank calling ppl non stop. they had to say whatever you typed. hah
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      You used it for prank calling? You find that funny?
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      lol @ pranking ppl
      but seriously, if this works its would offer the iPhone to the deaf community and apple would make more . or $$$
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      good to hear
      lol i caught that. nice
    1. srchino's Avatar
      srchino -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      How much is it for ONLY data? That would be a pretty good deal. I can still use my family plan so my phone is only like $10 extra/ month. I'm not deaf, though, could that be a problem? I mean, I can MAKE myself deaf if I tried....
      How much do you pay? That's exactly how much deaf people pay too. To get this you would need a special form that proves your deaf/HH signed by a doctor.