I have another question for all of you again...
I have always just had a simple flip phone that I could make calls on.
Now I want a smart phone. I now have Bluetooth to my hearing aids and my phone rings in my ears and I answer it without the phone. But, when it rings I do not know who is calling as the phone is in my purse.
I have been told that smart phones have the ability to announce who is calling if they are in your contacts.
I want a phone that can do this. Do all smart phones have this ability?
Also, I know nothing about smart phones and what ones are good. I am on AT&T.
Will appreciate any information on this. I always think of all of you here when I need any help on electronics...
I know my phone will announce thru my bluetooth rigs and provide the callers number, Honestly never had a reason to use it so i shut it off and just look at the screen instead of the audio prompt, but i`am sure if trained and or tagged it would do the same. and i`am using a boost droid
I think the iPhone will do that if you go into the settings there are many options for people with sight and /or hearing disabilities.
But this may also mean the iPhone has to be Jailbroken, which means that it can accept 3rd party (NON APPLE) apps.
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Some bluetooth devices can announce phone nunbers. My Jawbone ERA and my wife's Jawbone Icon do. The only way to have the iPhone announce individual callers (as Caller ID works on land line) is to use one of the iPhone apps available at the iTunes Store that set ringtones for specific stored phone numbers. An example app is "Nametones". (Not a recommendation, I don't use it)
On Android phones, such as the HTC One, there are free apps, like Announce by pfranza, or Caller Name Announcer by PeopleGap, that will announce the name of the caller.
My LG Envy Touch non smartphone announces the caller if it is in the contacts list and if not it announces the phone number. If I receive a text it reads it to me without even touching the phone. These are both options that can be turned on or off in the settings menu. The nice thing is Verizon does not require any data plan on that phone.
And thanks rjrsw
I will look at the LG Envy Touch. Looks like what I am looking for. I don't need a smart phone but thought they were the only ones that will do this.
Thanks again every one.
Edit...I have a sims that is AT&T and the LG Envy Touch is Verizon. The last time I checked Verizon did not use a sims card.
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I'm old but the looks of that watch would make me feel older. It is a great idea but ........
Just not me.
Thanks anyway, I did get a great laugh thinking of what my husband would say if I wore one of those. He already makes fun of my hidden bluetooth device for my hearing aids.
Having the phone "speak" the name of the caller or their number is not just a phone function, but it is part of the level of bluetooth in your hearing aids. While the phone may send the information, your hearing aids have to know what to do with it. This is something you will want to test in the store. If the phone sends the call information to a headset but your hearing aids don't pick it up, there is nothing you can do except get new hearing aids that have the feature.
Basicly, I figured that since you can associate a music (sound) clip with a particular contact then I could have it "speak" the name of the caller.
I created a wav file for some of my contacts such as "jeremy calling". I then converted it to mp3 and put it on the phone. I then associated the mp3 with the name.
I have Panasonic cordless phones (land line) that "announce" the caller. They use TTS to "read" the caller ID info just like Garmin nuvis do with their TTS on street names. It can be quite comical when the phone's computer voice tries to read and speak some of the Caller ID abbreviations. But over time you get used to its mispronunciations and can usually tell who is calling from the announcement.
Like the Bluetooth function with your hearing aid
My doctor said the hearing aids will do anything the phone will do. They will read text when it comes in also if the phone does. He was the one that suggested to get a phone that would announce who was calling.
Now when I get a call I only hear the ring. I just push a button on the bluetooth pendent around my neck and the phone is in my ears. It is great. The aids came with the bluetooth pendent, a microphone to put on someone's collar when I need to hear them better, and a plug that goes with the tv. I just turn it on and as long as I am wearing the pendent the tv is in my ears. It is nice to hear what the tv is saying now.
Before the bluetooth aids my family would complain because I didn't answer my phone when I was out as I could not hear it in my purse.
Thanks for the information and all your help. I do appreciate it and it is good to know that my aids will work with a caller id announced phone.
Yes, I do love the bluetooth with my hearing aid. It is great. I can now hear a lot of things I was missing and it is nice to hear what is on the TV.
That is good but hopefully I can find one I like that already had the capability to do it.
My doctor told me about the land lines that announce the caller. That is my next thing to look for.
To have a certain brand of hearing aids or can you use any type of hearing aids.
You have to have ones that are bluetooth.
I have Unitron Moxi hearing aids, Unitron uDirect 2 (this allows you to connect to 8 Bluetooth items at a time, uTV 2 (this is to connect to your TV), uMic (this is a small microphone to clip or lay anywhere, I lay it in the living room when I am in the Kitchen in case my husband wants to talk to me) and Smart Control (this is a remote control). All but the Smart Control are for Bluetooth to my Moxi aids.
Unitron has a lot of hearing aids but the accessories say they are only compatable with Moxi and Quantum.
You can Google your hearing aids and see if they are Bluetooth comparable. Then the doctor has a software program that he links your hearing aids to the accessory that allows you to connect to Bluetooth devices.
Not an expensive phone but it did have the PBAP (Phone Book Assist Profile)
Will get it next week and hope it works.
Thanks for everyone's help
It works great but no caller ID announce on my hearing aids, just tones.
I talked to Pantech support and they gave me suggestions and told me it should work. When I got my uDirect2 the Ear Dr. told me it would work with caller id announce....
After a day and a half of fighting with it I re read my hearing aid uDirect2 book and in a fine print it said "your provider has to program your unit to work with Caller Id Announce".....
The Dr. told me it would work on the unit but he did not program it...I guess he didn't because at the time I did not have a phone that would work with Caller ID annouance. So now I have to go back to the Ear Dr... O well guess I need something to keep me busy...
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