United Phone Losers
Deaf Fones (TDD/TTY)
issue no. 9 - April 16, 1999
this issue written by linear

What They Are

Deaf phones, often called TDD, or TTY (don't ask what it stands for) are so people who can't hear can still call people. How is that possible? Well what happens is that you call the TDD operator with a special TDD fone that has a keyboard and mini-monitor on it, (or you can just use the Hyper Terminal program on your computer) and the operator begins typing stuff to you (you see it on the TDD phone's little monitor). She'll ask you what number you want to call, and she dials it for you. Say you called your good friend Jeremy. The operator will first tell Jeremy about the TDD service. Then she will type exactly what Jeremy says. Then you tell the operator (by typing on the keyboard) what to say to Jeremy. The great thing about this is that the operator HAS to say what you type, no matter how stupid, vulgar, or illegal! One time I called my girlfriend with this service and we had a huge conversation about how we thought the TDD operator relaying our call was gay. She couldn't do anything about it, so she just kept on with our conversation not even laughing about it, becoming extremely pissed and yelling at us, or disconnecting us. I've also called people to ask for things as stupid as the "top-secret detenation code for the peanut" and the operators HAVE to go along! Every now and then we will succeed in making an operator laugh, although I don't think they are suppose to.

How To Call Someone

Well, if you have a TDD phone (which I doubt, because you're not deaf, and if you are, why the hell you reading this file? You already know about this service!), all you have to do is dial the TDD Operator number with the keypad and type on the keyboard. But, if you don't have a TDD fone, you can use a terminal program (like Hyper Terminal in Win95/98) to call them. Assuming you are using Win95/98, Goto your Start Menu, click Programs, then Accesories, then Hyper Terminal. You should get a bunch of different icons for stuff like MCI Mail, AT&T Mail, etc.... Just open the one that says "hypertrm". Set it up so the number to dial is the TDD number that corresponds with your area of residence (see numbers further down in issue). Connect to that number. Once you connect, you should get something similar to:

CRS 78042F GA

Dial the number you want them to relay the conversation too. Like your good friend Jeremy. Number was (123)456-7890 then you would type it like

123 456 7890 GA.

(GA stands for Go Ahead). You will soon be connected to Jeremy and relaying a conversation. Now, if Jeremy is not that good friend of yours, it's just as easy to terrorize him with TDD. And fun too!

Codes That Most TDD Operators Use

Operators use special initials to mean certain things, you are suppose to use these to.

QQ   = Question (used instead of an '?')
Q    = See Above
GA   = Go Ahead
SKSK = Good Bye
SK   = See Above

Big List Of Deaf Fone Numbers
Each state in the US has it's own TDD/TTY Deaf Relay phone number. Oh, by the way, this service does not charge money for local calls. Not all these numbers have been checked. The only one I use is California's, because that's where i live. If you are using Hyper Terminal, you can only call the ones marked with ascii. If you are using a TTY fone, you can only call the ones marked with TTY. If you are calling with a normal phone and just want to call a friend who has a TTY fone, call the number marked with voice.

202-855-1234 District of Columbia TTY
202-855-1000 District of Columbia voice
212-219-1887 New York City Recycling Hotline
315-337-8489 Auto Attendant & TDD Mail
503-760-2212 911 Emergency in Portland, Oregon
617-849-5677 Massachusetts Lottery
800-548-2546 Alabama TTY
800-548-2547 Alabama voice
800-770-8973 Alaska TTY
800-770-8255 Alaska voice
800-367-8939 Arizona TTY
800-842-4681 Arizona voice
800-285-1131 Arkansas TTY
800-285-1121 Arkansas voice
800-735-2929 California TTY
800-735-2922 California voice
800-735-0091 California ascii
800-659-2656 Colorado TTY
800-659-3656 Colorado voice
800-659-4656 Colorado ascii
800-842-9710 Connecticut TTY
800-833-8134 Connecticut voice
800-232-5460 Delaware TTY
800-232-5470 Delaware voice
800-955-8771 Florida TTY
800-955-8770 Florida voice
800-255-0056 Georgia TTY
800-255-0135 Georgia voice
808-643-8833 Hawaii TTY
808-546-2565 Hawaii voice
800-377-3529 Idaho TTY
800-377-1363 Idaho voice
800-526-0844 Illinois TTY
800-526-0857 Illinois voice
800-501-0864 Illinois Spanish TTY
800-501-0865 Illinois Spanish voice
800-743-3333 Indiana TTY/voice
800-735-2942 Iowa TTY
800-735-2943 Iowa voice
800-766-3777 Kansas TTY/voice
800-648-6056 Kentucky TTY
800-648-6057 Kentucky voice
800-846-5277 Louisiana TTY
800-947-5277 Louisiana voice
800-437-1220 Maine TTY
800-457-1220 Maine voice
800-735-2258 Maryland TTY/voice
800-439-2370 Massachusetts TTY/voice/ascii
800-439-0183 Massachusetts voice
800-649-3777 Michigan TTY/voice
800-627-3529 Minnesota TTY/voice/ascii
800-582-2233 Mississippi TTY
800-855-1000 Mississippi voice
800-855-1234 Mississippi ascii
800-735-2966 Missouri TTY
800-735-2466 Missouri voice
800-253-4091 Montana TTY
800-253-4093 Montana voice
800-833-7352 Nebraska TTY
800-833-0920 Nebraska voice
800-326-6868 Nevada TTY
800-326-6888 Nevada voice
800-735-2964 New Hampshire TTY/voice
800-852-7899 New Jersey TTY
800-852-7897 New Jersey voice
800-659-8331 New Mexico TTY
800-659-1779 New Mexico voice
800-662-1220 New York TTY
800-421-1220 New York voice
800-735-2962 North Carolina TTY
800-735-8262 North Carolina voice
800-366-6888 North Dakota TTY
800-366-6889 North Dakota voice
800-750-0750 Ohio TTY/voice
800-522-8506 Oklahoma TTY
800-722-0353 Oklahoma voice
800-735-2900 Oregon TTY
800-735-1232 Oregon voice
800-735-0644 Oregon ascii
800-735-3896 Oregon Spanish TTY/voice
800-654-5984 Pennsylvania TTY
800-654-5988 Pennsylvania voice
800-745-5555 Rhode Island TTY
800-745-6575 Rhode Island voice
800-745-1570 Rhode Island ascii
800-735-2905 South Carolina TTY/voice
800-877-1113 South Dakota TTY/voice
800-848-0298 Tennessee TTY
800-848-0299 Tennessee voice
800-735-2989 Texas TTY
800-735-2988 Texas voice
800-735-2991 Texas ascii
800-346-4128 Utah TTY/voice
800-253-0191 Vermont TTY
800-253-0195 Vermont voice
800-828-1120 Virgina TTY
800-828-1140 Virgina voice
800-833-6388 Washington TTY
800-833-6384 Washington voice
800-833-6385 Washington telebraille
800-982-8771 West Virgina TTY
800-982-8772 West Virgina voice
800-947-3529 Wisconsin TTY/voice
800-877-9975 Wyoming TTY
800-877-9965 Wyoming voice
800-855-2880 AT&T National Relay TTY
800-855-2881 AT&T National Relay voice
800-855-2882 AT&T National Relay ascii
800-855-2883 AT&T National Relay telebraille
800-855-2884 AT&T National Relay Spanish TTY
800-855-2885 AT&T National Relay Spanish voice
800-855-2886 AT&T National Relay Spanish ascii
800-877-8339 Federal Information Relay Service TTY/voice
800-833-5833 Hamilton National Relay TTY
800-833-7833 Hamilton National Relay voice
800-688-4889 MCI National Relay TTY
800-947-8642 MCI National Relay voice
800-877-8973 Sprint National Relay TTY/voice/ascii
800-243-7889 AIDS Hotline
800-855-1155 AT&T Directory Asisstance
800-326-2996 Federal Information Center
800-544-3316 QVC


linear, United Phone Losers and/or it's members WILL NOT be held responsible for what you do with the information within this text document. We cannot take responsibility for your ignorance, besides, we can barely take responsibility for our own.


Well, I hope I covered everything. If you feel I left something out, or you think something is incorrect, feel free to contact me via email: lord_linear@juno.com