One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A telephone for use by hearing-impaired people, having a small screen on which a message can be received and a keyboard on which an outgoing message may be typed to another textphone.
- ‘The centre also hopes to recruit a team of four deaf or hearing-impaired women to work on the organisation's minicom textphone, which offers deaf and hearing-impaired women their first point of contact with the service.’
- ‘The 13 special flats are equipped with flashing strobe lights, using different colours to alert people to the door, textphone or fire alarm.’
- ‘A deaf person taps out their message on a textphone and the text is then read aloud by the operator to a hearing person.’
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