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A Samsung Epic Videophone for the Holidays? (Holiday Update #2)

With the holidays coming around the corner, Dr. Z has been asked in his recent travels–“which videophone should I get?”

Dr. Z would not want to tell you which car to get for the same reason he would not tell you which videophone to get.

The Samsung Epic mobile videophone is covered here. Dr. Z will cover other mobile models in following blogs.

Here is a list of who you can call with the Samsung Epic:

  • any videophone (Z150, Z340, ZOjo, VP200, P3) (using downloaded Z4 Mobile app)
  • iPhone 4 (using downloaded Tango software)
  • Apple Mac (using Z4 software downloaded to a Mac and downloaded Z4 Mobile to an Epic)
  • any PC with a webcam (using Z4 software downloaded to a PC and downloaded Z4 Mobile to an Epic)
  • ZVRS interpreter for relay calls (using downloaded Z4 Mobile app)

The Samsung Epic is sold by Sprint and you can click this link to the Sprint Relay website (link). It currently sells for $249 after discount and rebates. The monthly cost is $39, but Dr. Z strongly suggests you contact Sprint for more specific cost information.

To get started with a Samsung Epic:

  • Buy one from Sprint
  • If you do not have a ZVRS account, set one up (link)
  • Set up your profile on the ZVRS website (link)
  • Download the Z4 Mobile Application from the Android Market icon on the unit.
  • Click the Z4 Mobile icon–it will ask for your phone number and password. Use the phone number you have for the Z4 or the one that ZVRS assigned to you and use the same password that you used when you created your profile.
  • You can add your contacts using the My Contacts link after you bring up your profile on the ZVRS website. You can also add your contact information using the Epic.
  • Click the contact you want to call, or type the phone number to the left of the red/green phone icon on the top of the screen.
  • If you are calling a hearing person, a ZVRS interpreter will come on the screen.
  • If you are calling a deaf/hard of hearing person, the person you are calling will come up on the screen.

Happy calling!!

Feel free to contact Dr. Z with your thoughts using the contact form on the left side of the web page.

Happy shopping (and decisionmaking.)

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Disclosure: Dr. Z is a contractor working with CSDVRS on several projects.

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