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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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