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June 12, 2008

BlackBerry Smartphones Receive Calling Solution for the Deaf from Sorenson

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Sorenson Communications today announced the launch of SIPRelay Mobile for BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphones from Research In Motion.

Working with the company’s current SIPRelay service, SIPRelay Mobile is designed to streamline calling and helps deaf and hard-of-hearing users to place free calls while on the go to any hearing telephone user in the United States and its territories, company officials say.
Users can place wireless calls both from their call history list and from their BlackBerry smartphones’ address book. Once the calls are placed, they’re quickly relayed through a network of text-to-speech communication assistants.
When a deaf or hard-of-hearing user wants to place a SIPRelay Mobile call, he or she first downloads the free application from, using his BlackBerry browser or to a PC for later installation on the BlackBerry smartphone, company officials say. The user then must enter the number of the person he wishes to call on the BlackBerry smartphone and types in a message on the “chat” screen, according to the company.
The message is received by a professional Sorenson communications assistant who contacts the user, and reads the message to that person. Sorenson Communications officials say that as the hearing telephone user responds, the assistant types out the reply and dialogue flows back and forth fluidly between the caller and the hearing person.
Pat Nola, president and chief executive officer of Sorenson Communications, said that officials at the company are pleased to be able to offer the mobile communication tool to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Claiming that SIPRelay Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones make it easier for users to connect to the SIPRelay service, Nola said that his company aims to continue creating innovative solutions that provide communication options for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
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