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You dial the other person's number, exactly the same way as with any other telephone. While you dial, the CapTel phone automatically connects to the captioning service. When the other party answers, you hear everything they say, just like a traditional call. At the same time, the captioning service transcribes everything they say into captions, which appear on the CapTel display window. You hear what you can, and read what you need to.
Captions appear automatically on every call you place. The way you see captions on incoming calls depends on which CapTel model you use. With the CapTel 840i and CapTel 800 in 2-line mode, people call your number directly like with any other phone call. Or, if you use CapTel 800, callers dial the Captioning Service first and enter your phone number in order for you to see captions during the call.
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A special telephone designed to work with the captioning service to display captions during your telephone calls. The phone does not, all by itself, translate spoken words into captions. It can also be used as a traditional telephone, without the captions feature.
CapTel Captioning Service
The captioning service transcribes the caller's spoken words into written captions, using voice-recognition technology. The captioning service is free to users, its cost is covered by the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) funds as part of Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).