Making VCO Calls
Direct VCO calls are easiest when both parties have a Uniphone TTY, which is specifically designed for VCO calling. Even if they don't have a Uniphone, people can still make direct VCO calls, as long as both parties have a TTY and a standard telephone handy.
Making a direct VCO call with the Uniphone 1140:
- Press the Dial key and type in the phone number for the person you are calling. (The Uniphone 1140 lets you speed-dial the number if you have it saved in the directory.)
- Watch the Uniphone display to see if the call is ringing or busy.
- When the person you are calling answers, pick up the Uniphone handset and press the <MENU>+<V> keys to send a VCO request. You will see "VCO PLEASE GA" on your Uniphone display. (If you are using a different TTY, simply type your request for using VCO).
- When the other person sees your request on their Uniphone or TTY display screen, they will know to pick up the handset to listen.
- From this point, you can talk directly to the person on the other end. They will hear your exact words. When you are finished talking, remember to say "GA" or give some indication that it is the other person's turn.
- The other person can type their response on the Uniphone (or other TTY) keyboard. You will see their words appear on your Uniphone or TTY display. In this manner, you can talk directly to them and read their reply, privately and naturally.
You can also make VCO calls through a Telecommunications Relay Service or with a CapTel telephone.