Comverse and Nuance Provide Voice Dialing Capability for AT&T Wireless
MENLO PARK, CA and WOODBURY, NY - AT&T Wireless subscribers are now able to dial #121 on their mobile phone, say the name of the person they want to reach, for example "call Mom at work," and be connected. This service is powered by Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN), the speech software developer, and Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and a supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services. AT&T Wireless, the independently traded wireless carrier, announced the immediate availability of the Nuance-powered #121 VoiceDial service. Part of their portfolio of voice recognition services, #121 VoiceDial enables AT&T Wireless' customers to access and dial up to 2000 phone numbers via voice commands. Voice dialing eliminates the need to memorize phone numbers, or having to tote around an address book when on the go. "We're excited to be working with AT&T Wireless to deliver voice-driven services to their nationwide wireless network," said Ron Croen, president, CEO, and chairman, Nuance. "The #121 VoiceDial service offering will help change the way people access information and connect with each other over the phone." With the worldwide explosion in usage of mobile phones, consumers are seeking easier, and more convenient ways of accessing information and conducting business. Speech-enabled solutions such as AT&T Wireless' #121 services, help meet this demand -- enabling users to stay connected to the people and information they need, when and where they need it. Voice-driven enhanced services also benefit telecommunications carriers by helping them provide value-added services to their customer base. "Voice dialing is a powerful subscriber application that can assist AT&T Wireless in increasing the voice traffic on its network," said Zeev Bregman, Chief Executive Officer of Comverse. "Additionally, our solution can be extended to provide a host of additional voice-driven applications, including voice-controlled messaging and voice portal information and entertainment services."