Sprint extends Wireless CapTel caption calling app to iOS
Sprint (NYSE:S) is expanding its Wireless CapTel caption calling application to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS. The operator previously rolled out the app in late 2011 to select devices running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android.
Powered by communications software developer Raketu, Wireless CapTel enables Sprint subscribers with hearing loss to read voice conversations as real-time, word-for-word captions. Users place calls by dialing the recipient's phone number, and Wireless CapTel automatically routes the call to the captioning service, which recounts what the other person is saying via the iPhone display screen. For incoming calls, hard-of-hearing users give contacts their specialized Wireless CapTel phone number to receive captioning service.
Wireless CapTel is available as a free download from Apple's App Store. It is offered in conjunction with Sprint's Telecommunications Relay Service, which provides communications solutions optimized for customers who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or have a speech disability.
Sprint earlier introduced the Relay ID pack, which bundles Android apps supporting video relay services for sign-language users, voice mail transcripts, visual and vibrating alerts, and readable captions. Sprint Relay ID joins other Sprint ID bundles tailored to specific interests, business needs and favorite brands.
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