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Vodafone UK is hunting eBay for obsolete handsets that support its Textphone service for the deaf. British telephone companies are required to provide services for deaf customers, who generally use a keyboard to type text messages. Text- and instant messaging have mitigated the need to an extent, but seeing every key typed is a …

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Top dollar

I'd be interested to know at what price Vodapike is selling these handsets onto their customers.

Half price on Ebay. Over the odds on Vodafone.

You bet!!

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a contender:

jshearing

a lot of mobiles, but crucially a lot of broken 9210's. Could this be our man?

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Vodafone workers have a solution

Members of Connect, Vodafone's trade union have proposed a solution. They suggest modifying the Blackberry to provide the same functionality as the 9210.

Will the company listen?

http://connectinvodafone.blogspot.com/

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Why 9210?

What's wrong with the 9300/9500? Do they not work for this service?

Mind you, I did prefer the 9210 over the 9500 for some reason. Pity my 9210 stopped working as a phone.

Sidenote: Why does "9210?" as a subject title not work? Is that a bug?

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Just maybe...

I wonder... did they buy their woefully unreliable HLR servers off Ebay.

Might explain the hours of 'no network' Vodafone users have to endure when one of the PCW8256 boxes they use to provide details of users phones and sims falls over.

Mind you, those three inch disks are getting bloody rare these days..

Good job it's only my work phone that's with that bunch of f***wits.

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Inaccurate information

I have been unable to corroborate this information without contacting Vodafone. There is no hint on their Website that they supply Nokia 9210i mobiles with software, they just advertise that you can take your own phone to them and get it updated with Talk by Text software.

http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatch/Portal/appmanager/vodafone/wrp?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=template12&pageID=PDS_0014

There are only 3-4 Nokia 9210i currently advertised on Ebay and the most expensive of these will go for about £50.

The RNID state that they no longer make the software for these phones and in any case they cannot receive calls because the provider does not cater for that type of data call.

http://www.ictrnid.org.uk/9210txt.html

So actually this is bollocks isn't it?

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RNID's response to rumours

See comment from RNID's director of new technology here:

http://finllfixit.co.uk/14/08/2007/rnid-to-supply-nokia-9210’s-from-ebay-to-deaf-customers/

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