Cell Phone Service for People who are Hard of Hearing or are Deaf

by Evan

The Wife and I currently have the Sprint SERO deal, which is an amazing deal.  Currently, I am paying $30/month for 500 mins, unlimited text messages and unlimited data.  The Wife needs more mins, so she has 1200 mins, unlimited text messages, and unlimited data for $50/month.

SERO is an acronym for Sprint Employee Referrel Offer – basically it is a phone plan for friends and family of Sprint workers.  Who do I know? No one. I came across this deal on My Money Blog.  It seems that the deal isn’t as good as it used to be, but I digress.   When I went to sign up for this deal, my younger brother, who is deaf, was getting KILLED on his plan from T-Mobile.  Before anyone asks, Yes, I am fluent in Sign Language.

Cell Phone Service for the Deaf Community

So he did a little research (I won’t take any credit for this one) and he found Sprint Relay.  It is made specifically for individuals with hearing issues or are deaf.  Sprint Relay offers 3 different types of Blackberrys that are subsidized even further than other plans (Blackberry Curve for $100 is a great deal).

The website indicates that Sprint Relay Data Only Plan is $29.99* per month! For:

  • Unlimited e-Mail
  • Unlimited Internet Access
  • Unlimited Instant Messaging (IM)
  • Unlimited Domestic Text Messaging (SMS) (Included! Save $15)
  • Unlimited Phone as Modem (PAM) (Included! Save $15)
  • Both Incoming/Outgoing calls will be blocked, you can contact our video customer service to remove the block — NOTE: 9-1-1 will not be blocked
  • If Incoming and/or Outgoing call block are removed, you will be billed at $0.20 per minute for local voice calls or $0.40 per minute for long distance voice calls

I wasn’t going to write this post until a good friend of mine asked what I recommended for her niece who is deaf – and I figured if this information can help one person it was worth the quick post.

Also, Sprint offers a referral program, so anyone that signs up for the deal contact me and we both can get a $25 gift card!

If you know of any other deals made for hearing impaired individuals please comment!

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Elmore Frank Brown Jr January 24, 2010 - 12:42 am

Hi, I just want to know which kind of cell phone is good for the deaf and hard of hearing people and services? I just want to know if Verizon cell phones is good?

Evan January 24, 2010 - 2:04 pm

The problem I found with Verizon is the cost. I know my brother has a Sprint Blackberry and it only costs him $30/month (plus taxes) – and he loves it!

I don’t think Verizon has a deaf program so you may be stuck paying for mins that you obviously don’t need.

bryan morrill Deaf May 1, 2011 - 8:15 pm

May 2011, what has changed witht he times? T mob is stopping the Sidekick. Whats best Deaf phone & plan in May 2011 ???


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