Binghamton in recent weeks.
Verizon is using the new system to handle routine, frequently requested business and government-listing requests, and when found, simply to deliver the number without the call ever reaching an operator. If there are options, such as a business with multiple locations in a given city, the system queries the customer, just as a live operator would, and then delivers the listing.
If a caller needs more than routine assistance, the call transfers to an operator for professional and expert service. The operator asks for further details and refines the search "Darby" began.
The voice of Verizon's 411 enhancement is Darby Bailey. Originally from Salt Lake City , she is recognized as one of the best voice-actors in the world for telephone applications. To customers, her voice sounds as though a live person is speaking, rather than a robotic phone prompt.
The system and technology that support the 411 enhancement are being provided by VoltDelta, the current provider of platform and database services to Verizon, and Tellme Networks, provider of the Internet and speech technologies and the application services.
Customers in New Jersey , Delaware , eastern Pennsylvania , Idaho , Washington , Nevada , Oregon , Arizona and California are already using the service.