With the introduction of new smart phones, the Deaf and people with hearing loss can now talk to anybody else. Interested users just have to visit the Deaftel website, sign up and login to the app on their iPhone.
Interestingly, Kunal never set out to create a phone service for the deaf. He was actually working on another startup that was trying to make an Indian Social Network. He decided to take a break one weekend and enter into a programming contest. He thought it would be interesting to create a chat client that was connected to a phone number. Whatever someone spoke was converted into text and whatever someone typed was converted into voice.
He didn’t win the contest and just forget about the entry. Luckily, his entry was written about on a small blog. From there he started to get emails from the Deaf community asking to use the service. Over the next couple of months the emails started to increase in frequency and urgency. He decided to stop working on his previous startup and focus on Deaftel full-time.