We currently offer the following phones:

Nokia E5-00

FCC ID QTKRM-634
Air Interfaces/Frequency Bands
850MHz GSM/1900MHz GSM 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
SMARTPHONE/PDA

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Allowing you to communicate with other Bluetooth devices
  • Camera – Lets you capture, store and share your favorite moments with its 5 Mega Pixel full focus camera
  • USB Cable – for easy access to your PC for backing up and down loading
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility rating is M3/T3

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses.  However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids.  It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise.  Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility.  If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

Motorola WX345 Finch

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FCC ID IHDP56LJ5
Air Interfaces/Frequency Bands
850MHz GSM/1900MHz
BASIC phone

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Allowing you to communicate with other Bluetooth devices.
  • Camera – lets you capture, store, and share your favorite moments with its 2 Mega Pixel camera.
  • MP3 Player – with drop and drag memory.
  • FM Radio – An easy way to enjoy your favorite stations.
  • Hearing aid Compatible is M3/T4

 

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses.  However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids.  It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise.  Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility.  If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.


Verykool R25 

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  •  FCC ID WA6R25
    Air Interfaces/Frequency Bands
    850MHz GSM/900MHz GSM/1800 MHz GSM/1900 MHz GSM
    FEATURE phone
  • 2.2″ TFT LCD screen, Scratch Resistant Glass
  •  Dual SIM (Mini-SIM)- Optional memory card up to 32GB storage
  •  Flashlight, Water and Dust Resistant
  •  Camera and video -lets you capture, store, and share your favorite moments with its 2 Mega Pixel camera
  •  Music Player – MP3/WAV/MP4
  •  FM Radio
  •  Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Allows you to communicate with other Bluetooth devices
  • USB Cable – for easy access to your PC for backing up
    and down loading
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility rating is HAC M3/T3

 

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses.  However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids.  It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise.  Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility.  If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

 

Samsung A847 Rugby 2

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  • FCC ID A3LSGHA847
    Air Interfaces/Frequency Bands: 850MHz GSM/900MHz GSM 1800 MHz GSM/1900 MHz GSM / 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
    FEATURE phone
  • 2.2″ TFT screen, External 1.3″ monochrome display, Flip Phone
  •  Mini SIM card – Optional memory card up to 16GB storage
  •  Salt, dust, humidity, water, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
  •  Camera and video – Lets you capture, store, and share your favorite moments with its 2 Mega Pixel camera
  •  Push to talk Feature
  •  Music Player- MP4jMP3jWAV/AAC+jH.263
  •  Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Allows you to communicate with other Bluetooth devices
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility rating M3/T4

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses.  However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids.  It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise.  Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility.  If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

LG A341 

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  • FCC ID ZNFA340
    Air Interfaces/Frequency Bands
    850MHz GSM/900 MHz GSM/1800 MHz GSM/1900MHz GSM
    BASIC phone
  • 2.4″ TFT Screen, 1.77″ External Display, Flip Phone
  •  Camera and video – Lets you capture, store, and share your favorite moments with its 1.3 Mega Pixel camera
  •  Optional memory card up to 32Gb storage
  •  Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Allowing you to communicate with other Bluetooth devices
  •  Music Player – MP3/AAC/AAC+/WMA
  •  FM Radio
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility rating M3/T4

 

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses.  However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids.  It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise.  Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility.  If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

CAT S50 

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  • FCC ID ZL5S50
    Air Interfaces/Frequency Bands: 850MHz GSM/1900MHz GSM 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
    SMARTPHONE/PDA
  • 4.7″ IPS LCD Capacitive Multi-Touch Touch Screen, Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
  • Drop-to-concrete, salt, dust, humidity, water, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Allowing you to communicate with other Bluetooth devices
  • Wi-Fi
  • Camera and video- Lets you capture, store, and share your favorite moments with its 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 Pixels, Auto Focus, LED Flash
  • Optional memory card up to 64Gb storage, Internal Memory 8 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Music Player – MP3/MP4/WAV/eAAC+
  • FM Radio
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility rating is M4/T4

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses.  However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids.  It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise.  Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility.  If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

CAT B100

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  • FCC ID ZL5B100
    Air Interfaces/Frequency Bands: 850MHz GSM/1900 MHz GSM
    FEATURE phone
  •  2.2″ TFT Screen
  •  Drop-to-concrete, salt, dust, humidity, water, vibration, solar
  • radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
  •  Optional memory card up to 32Gb storage, Internal Memory
  • 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM
  •  Music Player- MP3/AAC+/MP4/H.264
  •  Camera and video – Lets you capture, and store your favorite
  • moments with its 3.15 Mega Pixel camera
  •  Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Allowing you to communicate
  • with other Bluetooth devices
  •  FM Radio
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility rating M3/T3

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses.  However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids.  It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise.  Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility.  If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

WEBSITE LINKS AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY

LINK TO GLOBAL ACCESSIBILITY REPORTING INITIATIVE (GARI) WEB SITE OR LIST OF DEVICES OFFERED OVER PAST 24 MONTHS

See GARI, What Do You Want to Find? Gari.info, http://gari.info/ (providing a search field to accessibility information, including handset hearing aid compatibility information).  Alternatively, a service provider may provide a “trailing list” of hearing aid-compatible devices that have been offered in the past 24 months but are no longer offered by that provider.

HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY

About Hearing Aid Compatibility
Digital technology available in wireless devices today can mean an enhanced wireless experience, but some digital handset models can cause interference for hearing aid users.

To ensure that the deaf and hard of hearing can use digital wireless devices, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made updates to the Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Act of 1988 to increase the number of HAC compliant wireless devices on the market.

HAC Rating System
The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) has developed hearing aid compatibility rating standards to provide assistance to hearing device users in finding the right digital wireless device to purchase. The standards provide a uniform method for measuring the radio frequency (RF) immunity and telecoil coupling strength of hearing aids, as well as the RF emissions and telecoil coupling strength of wireless devices. The measurements are converted to a microphone (M) rating and a telecoil (T) rating. Customers can use the ratings to predict the compatibility of a particular digital wireless handset and a hearing aid.

M-Ratings: Wireless devices rated M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to generate less interference to hearing devices that utilize a microphone for picking up sounds from the handset’s speaker. M4 is the higher of the two ratings.

T-Ratings: Wireless devices rated T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to be more usable with a hearing device’s telecoil than unrated wireless devices. T4 is the higher of the two ratings. The advantage of a telecoil is that it removes extraneous noise that would otherwise be picked up by a microphone.

Hearing Device Immunity
Hearing devices may also be measured for immunity to interference. Your hearing aid manufacturer or hearing health professional can help you find results for your hearing device. The more immune your hearing aid is, the less likely you are to experience interference noise from mobile phones.

HAC Compatible Wireless Handsets
Windy City Cellular carries the hearing aid compatible devices listed below. Updates to this list will be made when any changes occur to the models we carry.

Levels of Functionality & Price Categories

Basic phones

Basic phones may be candy bar, slider or flip style. These devices will have 2 Megapixel or better cameras and are capable of making and receiving calls, sending and receiving text messages. WAP browsing and picture messaging may also be available on some models.

Mid-Level phones

Mid-Level phones will have higher resolution cameras, MP3 Music players, Bluetooth capabilities, HTML internet browser and larger, high resolution, displays. Some phones in this category have touch screens and/or slide out QWERTY keyboards.

Smartphones

Smartphones have advanced operating systems like iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows Mobile which allow for application additions. These devices support both voice and data communications and generally are Wi-Fi capable and feature rich.

Note: Handsets with Wi-Fi calling capabilities may not have been tested for hearing aid compatibility in this calling mode. 

Phone M Rating T Rating
Motorola WX345 Finch M3 T4
Nokia E5-00 M3 T3
LG A341 M3 T4
Very Kool R25 M3 T3
Samsung A847 Rugby 2 M3 T4
CAT B100 M3 T3
CAT S50 M4 T4

Informative Brochure regarding Hearing Aid Compatibility by the CTIA and ATIS (Sent annually to our Windy City Cellular Customers)

LINK TO CURRENT FCC HAC WEB PAGEhttps://www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-wireless-telephones

To provide information about the wireless hearing aid compatibility rules and service providers’ obligations.

 

Updated 8/13/2019