For over 50 years, deaf & hard of hearing people and people with speech difficulties have been using a system called TTY or “text telephone” to communicate via phone. But all of that is about to change.
AT&T has launched a new service called Real-time Text (RTT). RTT allows faster typing speeds and people can type messages and speak at the same time. The technology allows for speech to become text. It recognizes other languages as well. The service also allows users to talk to other RTT and TTY users, plus emergency and relay services. AT&T says that these calls will be billed the same as voice calls.
If you don’t have AT&T, don’t worry. Other carriers are pledging to follow suit soon.