Voice Carry-Over (VCO) is the perfect solution for you if you like to talk and read captions during your phone calls.  When the other party speaks to you, the communications assistant serves as your “ears” and types all the words that are spoken and background sounds, if any, on your Ultratec Uniphone 1140 phone or text telephone/teletypewriter (TTY).  Then you speak directly back to the other party. 

This service is designed for the people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

This relay service is available in English-to-English, Spanish-to-Spanish and English-to-Spanish.

The Customer Profile allows you to store your relay call preferences that helps speed up call processing.


How Does Voice Carry-Over (VCO) Work?

It’s a snap!

Just dial 711 (or 800-848-0298 for English or 866-503-0263 for Spanish) on your VCO phone or text telephone/teletypewriter (TTY).  The communications assistant will answer with “Tennessee Relay”.

Provide the area code and telephone number you wish to call and say “Go Ahead”.  The communications assistant will dial the number and connect you to the other party.

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    You speak to the other party. Say “Go Ahead” (“GA”) at end of each message.  The “GA” indicates that it is the other party’s turn to respond.

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    The other party listens and speaks. The other party says “Go Ahead” (“GA”) to indicate that it is your turn to respond.

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    The communications assistant types the other party’s voiced message to you.

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    You read the other party’s voiced words on your VCO phone or text telephone/teletypewriter (TTY).

To conclude the call, just say “goodbye”.


Video: How does a Voice Carry-Over (VCO) call work?

Here’s how a VCO user communicates with her son, a standard phone user named Jim.


Other VCO Features

Please specify to the relay operator the VCO call type you would like to make.

VCO to TTY

The communications assistant types what you, the VCO user, says to the TTY user.  The TTY user types directly to your VCO phone.

VCO to VCO

The communications assistant serves as “ears” for both VCO users by typing what is said to both VCO phones and/or TTYs.

Two-Line VCO

Two-line VCO allows you, the VCO user, to use one telephone line for speaking directly to another party, and another telephone line to receive the other party’s typed responses.  This feature provides a more natural flow of conversation and eliminates the need to say “Go Ahead” (“GA”).