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What is this icon that looks like a Phone with 9 dots underneath it? 6

by Adam Marks Tue, 20 Jul 2010 1:53 pm EDT

Every so often, there is a a Forum posting asking about an icon on the top bar of the phone that looks like a Phone with 9 dots underneath. You mean this?

Top bar with TTY Image

This is the icon for “TTY”. What exactly does that mean?  Keep reading after the break to find out.


According to the Palm Pre manual:

A TTY (also known as TDD or text telephone) is a telecommunications device that allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have speech or language disabilities, to communicate by telephone. Your phone is compatible with select TTY devices.

You can connect a TTY/TDD machine to your phone through the headset jack, but you cannot use your headset jack with a headset while this mode is enabled. Check with the manufacturer of your TTY device for connectivity information. Be sure that the TTY device supports digital wireless transmission.

So, how does one turn TTY on and off? It’s very easy:

  1. Open the Phone App ( Phone App )
  2. Swipe-down in the top-left corner of the screen to bring up the Phone Menu and select “Preferences”
  3. Scroll down to the “Accessibility” section and turn TTY/TDD On or Off
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I knew the icon was for TTY but didn't know what it meant, until now :)

It is also the icon that is displayed in the Palm webOS emulator. It's a quick and easy way to tell if the screen shot came from the emulator or an actual webOS device.

I leave it turned on to make the phone speaker a tad louder. Wish there was a patch to boost that speaker's sound like we had on the Treo.

Really?! I never knew that. Now that's a helpful tip if it is indeed true. :)

So that's what it is! Thanks.

Thanks -- I was wondering why almost all of the screen captures in the App catalogue showed that icon. Now I know.... emulator!