Make TTY calls via your computer and the Internet
March 5, 2007
Nextalk, a little-known computer program, allows you to make TTY calls from your computer, using the Internet instead of the phone line. Free, gratis, zilch, zip, nada. Very nice, especially considering that calls via a TTY can take so much longer than a typical voice call — and long distance charges can really rack up. Now you can call your hearing mom, and when she says, “Oh how nice, but we’d better hang up, I don’t want your phone bill to be expensive,” you can just say something syrupy like, “Oh Mom, don’t worry, the call’s free — but you’re always worth it anyway.”
You can even get your own 1-888 phone number which people can call to reach you — it’d ring on your computer if the Nextalk software is running. If the caller is hearing, the person’d be connected automatically to a relay agent. If deaf, the TTY call will go through immediately. If fax, a copy will be made and then sent to you.
The same Nextalk software also allows you to make video relay calls if you have a good webcam connected to the computer.
If this program is a good ‘fit’ for you, then download the Nextalk program and sign up for your free account.