Textphone for mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by barnettgs, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. barnettgs macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Northern Ireland
    It is a textphone for deaf person who uses it to type text to other textphone users but I only use it for typetalk service (text to voice call via operator) which is ideal for calling shops or take aways etc.

    I am using HyperTerminal on XP to make textphone call via 56K Conexant chipset modem. I am not sure it has been tried on mac before. Is Terminal a Mac version of XP's HyperTerminal? If so, good...

    In order for textphone to work in HyperTerminal, here's the settings:

    Data Connection:

    Port Speed: 300

    Data Protocol: Standard EC

    Flow Control: Xon/Xoff

    Hardware Settings:

    Data Bits: 7

    Parity: None

    Stop Bits: 1

    Other settings:

    Emulation: ANSI

    ASCII Setup:


    Send line ends with line feeds - enabled

    Echo typed characters locally - enabled


    Append line feeds to incoming line ends - enabled

    Wrap lines that exceed terminal width - enabled (Not necessary for Mac's Terminal I guess!)

    I would have to get Apple USB modem but I need to know what modem chipset does it use? Because textphone call will not work with Intel 56K modem chipset as it refused to use 7 data bits! Conexant 56K modem (or Soft56K) works fine. I am not sure if these settings above can be applied in Mac's Terminal? Any help or info will be much appreciated!

    Thanks in advance
  2. shwc macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2005
    I think there is an easier route ...

    I googled textphone and it looks like you should be able to replicate that functionality using terminal (some type of home grown terminal script might work). You will need someone with a lot more computer knowledge than I do to help you out.

    An easier route(?):
    Turn on "text to speach" in the systems preferences.
    Download and install a Voice over IP Program (e.g., Gismo or Skype).

    Make a phone call using Gismo. Open TextEdit type in the text you want spoken and hit the hot key you specified in the speach system preference. The text will be read (Note: I had to have the text highlighted when I tried it out a minute ago, in order for the text to be spoken. Also make sure your computer speakers and microphone are turned on).

    It is possible that Gismo and have a built in function that might work more elegantly than going through a word processing program.
  3. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    That's useless though, since the communication would be one-way. How could you get what the person on the phone says?

    OP: Why not just make your life easy and just use one of the many relay services on the net, such as http://relay.att.com or even relay on AIM, such as screennames siprelay or myiprelay
  4. barnettgs thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Northern Ireland
    Ok, thanks. I have found a web version of textphone which is based in UK where I live. Similar to ATT link you posted.

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