I got a Uniphone 1150 textphone in the summer of 1995. Sadly, after over 21 years’ of use, it died on me the other Monday. I loved the Uniphone, which is ideal for a deaf/hearing household like mine – it functions as a textphone or as an ordinary voice telephone, so anyone can use it.
There is a small backlit screen on which I would read the caller’s words, typed at lightning speed by a Text Relay operator. Then I would press a couple of buttons to change to voice mode and speak directly to the caller. (My voice is OK.) Sure, a call made via the Text Relay Service takes a bit longer than an ordinary voice call. But the Uniphone with text relay gave me independence in telecommunications.
As you can see from the photo, the Uniphone is a corded landline phone, so has to be used near a phone socket – all rather old-fashioned in these days of cordless and mobiles.
So when the Uniphone died, I had to find out about a replacement – and discovered that
I was way behind the times. Very few dedicated text telephones like the Uniphone are now sold because the Text Relay Service can be delivered by a computer app.
Time to catch up with the app….
But if you would like to find out more about a Uniphone, then check out this page at Connevans: http://www.connevans.co.uk/product/8171708/40TU1150/Uniphone-1150-textphone