There are corded landlines in this house, so the phones (which used to include my dear old Uniphone), are tethered to the wall. Yes, I know, having corded phones is yet another example of not moving with the times.
As I would be using NGT Lite with a laptop computer (or, possibly) a tablet, a corded
telephone was not going to be much good. So, I decided to get a cordless phone to use with NGT. I chose a Panasonic because the specs looked good and it is a reliable brand. But attempting to set up the cordless phone was, for me, time-consuming, because I was not familiar with the jargon. Still, eventually managed it! And, you know, it is really quite easy after all.
Setting up this phone was a further reminder that I was ‘out of the loop’. For over 21 years I had been using a Uniphone (which I now see was very basic). For 13 years before that, I had had to ask someone to make a telephone call on my behalf, because there was no text relay service available. That must get me back to 1982 and the last regular telephone I could use – it had a dial (Yes, one of those!) and was mounted on the wall in the hall.
Well, in future, I am going to keep up with developments in telecommunications.
My old Uniphone 1150
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
My thanks to Classroom Clipart for this splendid fellow.
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