T-Mobile deaf favorite shootout: BB Curve vs. SK LX
DeafPagers.com Blog Customers keep asking about how the new BlackBerry Curve 8320 and the Sidekick LX compare with each other. It appears that the Curve and LX are popular choices and it can be a challenge to decide between these two great pagers for the deaf. Good news, here is a comparison chart to help [...]
Sat, Dec 29 2007 · Moved from DeafRead Extra
Comparing the Sidekick 3, iD, LX, and Slide
DeafPagers.com Blog The Sidekick series is enjoying the most diverse lineup T-Mobile has ever offered. There are a total of three models on the market. We updated our comparison table so you can see how they compare with each other, and with the most recent discontinued model, the SK3. Enjoy! Features Sidekick 3 Sidekick [...]
Fri, Dec 21 2007
Motorolas Sidekick slides back into stock!
DeafPagers.com Blog Good news! The Motorola-manufactured Sidekick Slide is finally available via T-Mobile again. T-Mobile had stopped selling it after an issue had been identified where the battery apparently would lose touch with the Slide's internal contacts and kill power to the Slide whenever the screen was opened or closed one too many times. [...]
Fri, Dec 07 2007
iPhone Deaf/HoH Issues
DeafPagers.com Blog The iPhone has been a hot topic among deaf and hard of hearing users lately. On DeafMac.org, there was a “special” iPhone plan announced for the deaf, which would have been offered through an AT&T store in Colorado. Apparently the store manager was sympathetic to the fact that there was no official data-only [...]
Thu, Dec 06 2007
Sneak Preview of i711 Wireless relay service for Sidekick...
DeafPagers.com Blog Are you an early adopter of the new pair of Sidekicks from T-Mobile - the LX and the Slide? Are you finding yourself wanting to go to i711 Wireless when you need to make a relay or TTY call but can't because it's not available from the Download Catalog? Well, you just have [...]
Wed, Nov 21 2007
T-Mobile Pulls Faulty Sidekick Slide
DeafPagers.com Blog T-Mobile USA has suspended sales of the Slide as of last Friday evening (Nov. 16th) and issued this statement: “Motorola - the manufacturer of the device - confirmed that some devices may inadvertently power off when the slide door on the front side of the phone is opened or closed. T-Mobile has taken this action to help ensure our customers [...]
Tue, Nov 20 2007
Review of the Sidekick LX
DeafPagers.com Blog I've spent a couple of days with the Sidekick LX - a dark blue one to be specific. (It's also available in brown) It still looks like a Sidekick and has the familiar flip-around screen that every Sidekick has had since the original Sidekick (other than the brand-new Slide). Hit the link to read more [...]
Wed, Nov 14 2007
T-Mobile slides in new Sidekick from Motorola
DeafPagers.com Blog Yesterday T-Mobile released their new Sidekick Slide, adding another device to the Sidekick lineup. This is the first time T-Mobile has had several different Sidekick models, which historically have been popular with deaf and hard of hearing users, available at different price points. The introduction of the Slide also marks the first [...]
Thu, Nov 08 2007
T-Mobile Coverage on Deaf Cruise 2007
DeafPagers.com Blog I would like to share some exciting news with people who will go on the Deaf Freedom Cruise 2007 this weekend! I called T-Mobile Customer Care to ask about wireless coverage on the cruise ship for the Deaf Freedom Cruise, Freedom of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship. T-Mobile provides roaming coverage [...]
Fri, Oct 26 2007
Danger Finally Listens to Deaf Sidekick Users About Fonts!
DeafPagers.com Blog I would like to share with you what I learned today. I was looking at the new Sidekick LX that was released today. Guess what? The Hiptop OS that comes with the Sidekick LX now features adjustable font sizes! No more squinting at your Sidekick because you can't change its font! Finally [...]
Wed, Oct 24 2007
Easily Convert Deaf-related video for your BlackBerry!
DeafPagers.com Blog Do you have a BlackBerry (BB) with a MicroSD memory card slot(Curve/8300/8320, 8800/8820/8830, or Pearl/8100)? Do you wish you had time to watch all those great deaf-related videos online? Wish no more! The good news is that you will be able to convert Deaf-related videos into a format that you can watch on your BB with the built in BlackBerry Media Player! You MU...
Wed, Oct 10 2007
Sidekick LX Coming Oct 24
DeafPagers.com Blog T-Mobile's Sidekick line of pagers has been very popular with deaf and hard of hearing users since the first (with a grayscale screen, even!) Sidekick debuted five years ago this month. Now T-Mobile will be releasing the sixth model in the Sidekick line on October 24th. Rather than going with the obvious name, "Sidekick 4″, T-Mobile has chosen to c...
Wed, Oct 03 2007
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve - The Ultimate Deaf Pager?
DeafPagers.com Blog The BlackBerry Curve (8300) is becoming one of the hottest devices for deaf and hard of hearing users, for a variety of reasons, including its slim form factor, a full QWERTY keyboard, the great new trackball interface, and a nice 2 megapixel camera as well. The only problem with this model is that it has only been available through AT&T for the last couple of mo...
Thu, Sep 27 2007
Updated QWERTY Device Chart for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DeafPagers.com Blog Deafpagers.com has been hard at work researching information on the current QWERTY devices that we have available, and we have finally refreshed our device comparison chart for your convenience when making a purchasing decision. On this chart, we have taken the time to include information that is of direct benefit to deaf and hard of hearing users, such as the [...]
Thu, Aug 30 2007
DeafPagers.com Blog T-Mobile FlexPay Have you been disappointed when trying to get a Sidekick at a deaf trade show, being told that your credit is less than perfect, and you have to put up a big deposit just to get that new pager you need? Or you do not want to be stuck in a long-term contract and want the freedom of a monthly plan without the strings of a contract? Have you tried the [...]
Tue, Aug 14 2007
A deaf look at the BlackBerry Curve (8300)
DeafPagers.com Blog The new GSM/GPRS/EDGE BlackBerry Curve (aka 8300) has been available on the carrier formerly known as Cingular (AT&T) for some time now. How does it stack up for a deaf or hard of hearing user? The Curve (thank goodness for that name, it'd be confusing to try to remember if it's a 8830 or 8300!) brings us a full QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry that also [...]
Tue, Jul 24 2007
My last week with the iPhone
DeafPagers.com Blog Hello everyone! I've returned the iPhone to Apple. The manager was quite nice - he asked me why I was returning it, and I told him that I felt it was not deaf-friendly enough to use - no iChat, no way to tweak the vibrate function for multiple vibrates, no TAP plan - which essentially meant I was paying plenty of money for a voice plan I would never use, and [...]
Tue, Jul 17 2007
One week with the iPhone
DeafPagers.com Blog It's been an interesting week using the iPhone. I've become more proficient at typing with it, and even picked up a couple of tricks where sliding your finger around on the iPhone keyboard saves you a couple of key presses. However, its flaws as a suitable device for the deaf have become more apparent. Read on to learn more. (more...)
Tue, Jul 10 2007
iPhone for the Deaf?
DeafPagers.com Blog I'm sure most of you have read at least one news story about the iPhone by now. Only a wireless phone by Apple would generate all this massive publicity - I'm sure the Apple PR department is smiling right now. Anyways, putting aside all the hype and excitement - the question remains: Is the iPhone a suitable device for Deaf users? Read on to find out. [...]
Tue, Jul 03 2007
Preview of T-Mobile Wing
DeafPagers.com Blog Some of you may remember the T-Mobile MDA. It was a device with a lot of promise, but didn't really work out well for the deaf market. T-Mobile has been selling a successor to the MDA, called the T-Mobile Wing, for about a month now. It's pretty much the same device with a few changes. Some of those changes include: Windows Mobile 6 Professional [...]
Mon, Jun 25 2007
Preview: Apple's iPhone - Is it worth?
DeafPagers.com Blog Apple is famous for their innovative designs including Macs, the Apple TV, and iPods. Apple will soon release one of the most innovative cellphones on the market - iPhone. I am impressed by Apple's iPhone TV advertisements, they really make you think about how it works. I bet you have seen one of those ads recently. If not, you can view the ads online at [...]
Mon, Jun 18 2007
Collection of Great Wireless-related Postings
DeafPagers.com Blog Deafpagers.com has gathered together some great postings from Deafread.com that we recommend for your reading. These selections are all related to wireless issues, products, and services. Obviously, these articles are also deaf-related, having appeared on Deafread.com since January 2007. We would like to thank all those who took the time to write these postings [...]
Wed, Jun 13 2007
DeafPagers.com Blog Ever wonder how you can send and receive faxes on your pager? It's really not that hard if you have the capability to read text PDF's on your pager. There are plenty of email to fax services out there - just Google "email fax" and make sure that they support PDF attachments for incoming faxes. Most of these services offer a free trial. [...]
Mon, Jun 11 2007 · Moved from DeafRead Extra
DeafPagers.com Blog TTY's are yesterday's news, so it seems. Practically everyone you know has a videophone. TTY's have been delegated to the closet, and are a last resort for communication if other means are not successful. However, in spite of all the various relay services accessible via pager, one thing is missing. You are not able to contact your spouse or [...]
Mon, Jun 04 2007
Instant Messaging on Pagers: Windows Mobile
DeafPagers.com Blog This article is the last part in a series of articles highlighting various instant messaging (IM) clients on various pager platforms used by the deaf and hard of hearing. To read the previous article, click here. In this article, I will give a quick overview of the Windows Mobile operating system (OS) that runs on various types of hardware. I will also discuss [...]
Tue, May 29 2007
Which wireless carrier has the best customer service?
DeafPagers.com Blog One of the things you should carefully consider when choosing a wireless carrier is their customer service. You should check in how easy the wireless carrier is to contact, the quality of the service provided, etc. Of course, everyone has an opinion, and should you depend on such hearsay to make your decision? Are there any hard facts out there that you can use to [...]
Mon, May 21 2007
Comparing the Sidekick II, 3, and iD
DeafPagers.com Blog The Sidekick series continues to be the most popular wireless device within the deaf community. Blog readers, and prospective purchasers have asked the blog editor, Deafpagers.com Sales representatives, and even the Deafpagers.com support department a lot of questions regarding the Sidekick. One of the most common questions asked is: "Which model is [...]
Mon, May 07 2007
Preview: Sidekick ID
DeafPagers.com Blog If cost has been the only thing keeping you from getting a Sidekick, you don't have to worry anymore. T-Mobile now has a Sidekick just for you. It's called the Sidekick ID! So, what do you give up with the Sidekick ID in exchange for the low price? Not very much, really, especially if you're deaf. If you think of the Sidekick ID as a SK2 in a [...]
Thu, May 03 2007
Instant Messaging on Pagers: Sidekick and Blackberry
DeafPagers.com Blog Instant Messaging on Pagers Instant messaging (IM) has become a staple of deaf and hard of hearing communication via wireless pager ever since the first wireless IM client, RadeIM, appeared on Deafwireless RIM 850's. Instead of communicating through emails, watching for the "D" and "R" symbols to appear next to your message, indicating [...]
Mon, Apr 09 2007
Review: T-Mobile Blackberry Pearl
DeafPagers.com Blog The T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl (also known as the 8100), is RIM's major move towards a more consumer oriented device. The most obvious feature is the pearl-like trackball centered just below the screen. The second thing that you think when you see this device is how small it is, especially when compared to its predecessor, the 7100 - which seems huge and [...]
Tue, Mar 27 2007
Sidekick VS BlackBerry: The Showdown (Part 2)
DeafPagers.com Blog In this second part of the "showdown" between the two major wireless device choices for the deaf user, I'll take a closer look at the latest devices from each camp. The slimmer and sleeker T-Mobile Sidekick 3 "SK3″ has been chosen to represent the Sidekick camp, and the T-Mobile BlackBerry 8705g "8705g" is nominated to carry [...]
Wed, Mar 21 2007
BlackBerry VS Sidekick: The Showdown
DeafPagers.com Blog How many of you have struggled to decide on a T-Mobile Sidekick or a RIM BlackBerry when it was time to buy a new wireless device? Allow me to help out with a general overview of these competitors in the deaf pager market. The funny thing is that until very recently, RIM and T-Mobile (or [...]
Wed, Mar 14 2007
DEBUNKED: Deaf Driver Warning
DeafPagers.com Blog There is a funny photo making the rounds of the deaf internet via email. It appears to be a photo of one of those highway announcement signs, saying “DEAF DRIVERNO SIDEKICK T-MOBILEWATCH OUT”The implications of having a real sign say this are amazing. Why single out deaf drivers? Not all deaf [...]
Wed, Mar 07 2007
Preview: BlackBerry 8800 from AT&T (formerly Cingular)
DeafPagers.com Blog Author: Ryan Layton Deafpagers.com Blog StaffThe latest version of RIM's BlackBerry device is now available from AT&T (formerly Cingular). Knownas the BlackBerry 8800, it incorporates features formerly found across the BlackBerry line into a new flagship model. Here is a quick preview of what you can expect from the 8800. - Pearl-style trackball- [...]
Fri, Feb 23 2007
Review: My IP-Relay Number and i711 Call Me
DeafPagers.com Blog Author: Ryan Layton Deafpagers.com Blog Staff We all use our pagers to keep in touch with our co-workers, friends, and family. Most of us use email, text messaging (SMS) and/or instant messaging (IM) to do this. Some of us may use relay services from our pagers via downloadable applications, WAP browsers, or via IM to make calls [...]
Sun, Feb 18 2007
Sidekick 3: What For? I Already Have Sidekick 2
DeafPagers.com Blog Author: Ryan Shephard Deafpagers.com Blog StaffHave you ever been disappointed when you bought a tech gadget and a brand new one came out soon afterwards? The bad news ? this tells us that technology is about to outpace us (and our wallet). Luckily for us, a new version of the Sidekick doesn?t come out extremely soon after the old Sidekick. Sidekick 3 came out [...]
Sat, Feb 17 2007
New! Deafpagers.com Blog!
DeafPagers.com Blog Deafpagers.com is proud to add this new feature to our web site. We will start posting weekly articles written by Deaf people. The articles will include reviews of wireless products, device comparisions, news on future devices, how-to's, tricks & tips, and much more! We welcome article submissions that are relevant to deaf people who [...]
Thu, Feb 15 2007
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