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Mix: Nordic iPhone, Budclicks, Trade-In, SendStation, Hearing Loss

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, September 21, 2007
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Nordic network operators TeliaSonera and Telenor have both told Dow Jones Newswires that they are “very interested in the iPhone,” and are both in talks with Apple regarding the handset. “We have seen immense interest in the iPhone from our customers,” said Anders Krokan, Telenor spokesman. “We are still in talks, but I doubt we would be able to offer the iPhone this year.”

Earclicks LLC. has introduced its Budclicks line of decorative accessories that clip on to standard iPod earphones. Prices start at $6.

Your Electronic Warehouse is offering a $20 Trade-In program for iPod owners. Users who send in their pack-in Apple iPod Earphones will receive a $20 credit good on any electronics or golf purchase of $75 or over.

SendStation is currently giving away 1000 of its PocketDock FireWire iPod accessories through its online store; customers need only pay for shipping. In addition, it’s also offering a 33 percent discount on its PocketDock AV accessory, which brings its price to $25.

The Hearing Loss Association of America has filed formal complaints with the FCC over the iPhone’s lack of hearing aid compatibility. “The phone [is] not usable with a hearing aid, either on the microphone or telecoil setting,” said Brenda Battat, the HLAA’s associate executive director. “Clearly, it was not designed to be hearing aid compatible. It should have been.”

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1

Doesn’t Apple sell a TTY device for the iPhone?  Would that help the hard of hearing in this situation?

I’m asking seriously because I have never used/seen a TTY device.

Posted by ajmiarka on September 21, 2007 at 7:54 AM (PDT)

2

I meant to say TTY adapter, not device.  So you are at least able to hook up a TTY device to the iPhone.

Posted by ajmiarka on September 21, 2007 at 7:57 AM (PDT)

3

On a related note, how would a vision-impaired individual be able to use an iPhone? There is no voice dialing, nor braille on the touchscreen…

Posted by tommy on September 21, 2007 at 9:04 AM (PDT)

4

Sorry, not trying to be insensitive, but we can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Posted by Bob on September 21, 2007 at 10:01 AM (PDT)

5

“Clearly, it was not designed to be hearing aid compatible. It should have been.”

Were they obligated to????  I hope the judge doesn’t entertain this party.

Posted by teknow on September 21, 2007 at 11:40 AM (PDT)

6

Just had a great Idea!
Bluetooth Hearing Aids!!

Posted by Daniel Woods on September 21, 2007 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

7

there is an option for tty in the settings.

Posted by BIGP in Texas on September 21, 2007 at 1:36 PM (PDT)

8

Daniel Woods:

Bluetooth hearing aids are already made!

I actually bluetooth adaptor that clips on to the bottom of my hearing aid.  I don’t have one, but I’ve used it with the iPhone and it works perfectly.  Frankly, I’d much rather Hearing aid manufacturers get on the ball with Bluetooth and other exciting technologies that have the potential to better my life than Apple worry about putting ancient, terrible-sounding telecoil devices in their phones.

By the way, no other phone that I have owned has telecoil, at least not without an external adaptor. 

The hearing industry as a whole is stuck in “old people” land, and the sooner they get out of it, the better….

Posted by Cameron on September 21, 2007 at 3:20 PM (PDT)

9

Those Budclicks are sweet.

Posted by brian on September 23, 2007 at 1:51 AM (PDT)

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