Hearing Aid Compatible

HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY (HAC) REPORT

THUMB CELLULAR, LLC

Updated: August 28, 2019

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) for Wireless Handsets

A. The FCC’s hearing aid compatibility requirements address hearing aids that operate in either of two (2) modes – acoustic coupling (“M” rating) or inductive coupling (“T” rating). The FCC’s “M” and “T” ratings indicate whether a handset can be expected to function well with a hearing aid and are generally marked clearly on the packaging. The ratings, however, do not guarantee that a handset will function without distortion or noise, so testing before purchasing is a good recommendation.

1. Acoustic coupling: Hearing aids operating in acoustic coupling mode receive through a microphone and then amplify all sounds surrounding the user, including both desired sounds (such as a phone’s audio signal) and unwanted ambient noise.

2. Inductive coupling: Hearing aids operating in inductive coupling mode turn off the microphone to avoid amplifying unwanted ambient noise, instead using a telecoil to receive only audio signal-based magnetic fields generated by inductive coupling-capable phones.

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Ratings – What do they mean?

A. “M” Rating – this refers to using the phone with a hearing aid in the microphone setting. The higher the “M” rating, the more likely it is you will be able to use the phone with your hearing aid on the microphone setting. An M3 rating indicates the handset has satisfied the ANSI standard. An M4 rating indicates the handset has exceeded the ANSI standard.

B. “T” Rating – this refers to using the hearing aid set on telecoil. The higher the “T” rating, the more likely you will be able to use the phone with your hearing aid on the telecoil setting. Reduced feedback and reduced background noise are additional benefits of using a hearing aid set on telecoil during phone use. To determine the likelihood of successful cell phone use with your hearing aid, add the “T” rating of the cell phone to the “T” rating number of your hearing aid. A T3 rating indicates the handset has satisfied the ANSI standard. A T4 rating indicates the handset has exceeded the ANSI standard.

Explanation of Handset Level of Functionality

A. Determination of a handset’s level of functionality was based on the features offered, and the operating capabilities of the unit. Thumb Cellular has identified the following two (2) levels of handset functionality:

1. Non-Smart Phones -- offer basic calling ability, have basic texting ability, have a camera and Bluetooth technology, and work on either the 1X or 3G data networks.

2. Smart Phones – includes handsets powered by an operating system, either Android or iOS. A smart phone allows user to perform many functions: voice, text and multimedia messaging, web browsing, email, camera and video, application downloads, and more. They work primarily on 4G networks, but sometimes on 3G.

Reporting Information Common to All Handsets Offered

A. Thumb Cellular’s website is www.thumbcellular.com; it has detailed information about all

handsets offered, about HAC, and what HAC rating each handset has.

B. The dates of retail availability for each handset are listed below. Thumb Cellular can only

offer handsets that manufacturers make available in a generic version for the smaller, regional

carriers.

C. All handsets offered by Thumb Cellular work on our CDMA network and will work on either the

850 or 1900 frequencies.

D. All handsets offered by Thumb Cellular are offered at all four (4) stores.

E. All handsets offered by Thumb Cellular are HAC compliant as of the time of this report.

F. All handsets have the HAC rating printed on the box.

 

Reporting Information – Handset Specific – Currently Offered Handsets

Marketing

Model Name

And Number

FCC

ID #

Initial

Availability

Date

HAC

Rating(s)

Level of

Functionality

Cat S48c

ZL5S48C

4/1/19

M3/T3

Smart (4G)

LG 170 (Fluid 2)

ZNFVN170

9/21/15

M4/T4

Non-Smart

LG CV7 (Stylo 4)

ZNFQ710US

11/6/18

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Motorola G6 Play (XT1922)

IHDT56XB1

11/1/18

M3/T3

Smart (4G)

Samsung G950 (Galaxy S8)

A3LSMG950U

5/11/17

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Samsung G960 (Galaxy S9)

A3LSMG960U

3/19/18

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Samsung G965 (Galaxy S9 Plus)

A3LSMG965U

3/19/18

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Samsung G970 (Galaxy S10e)

A3LSMG970U

3/8/19

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Samsung G973 (Galaxy S10)

A3LSMG973U

3/8/19

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Samsung G975 (Galaxy S10 Plus)

A3LSMG975U

3/8/19

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Samsung N960 (Galaxy Note 9)

A3LSMN960U

11/12/18

M4/T3

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone 7

BCG-E3085A

9/21/16

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

BCG-E3087A

9/21/16

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone 8

BCG-E3159A

10/1/17

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

BCG-E3160A

10/1/17

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone X

BCG-E3161A

11/12/17

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone XR

BCG-E3220A

10/29/18

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone XS

BCG-E3218A

9/21/18

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

Apple iPhone XS Max

BCG-E3219A

9/21/18

M3/T4

Smart (4G)

For more details on Hearing Aid Compatibility and non-Hearing Aid Compatible devices, visit the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative website: www.gari.info

For more information about the wireless HAC rules and service provider obligations, visit: www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-wireless-telephones