VoiceSignal Provides Embedded Speech Recognition for Voice Activated Dialing on the BlackBerry 8800


WOBURN, Mass., March 28 // -- VoiceSignal, the leading provider of speech recognition solutions for mobile phones today announced that its best-in-class speech solution is embedded in the new BlackBerry(R) 8800 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM).

VoiceSignal's VSuite dialing application integrates with the address book on the BlackBerry 8800 enabling users to dial numbers or contacts with a single, natural voice command, creating an exceptional user experience for the person on the go.

Because VoiceSignal's VSuite solution ships directly embedded in the smartphone, there is no fee to download and use the application. VSuite will work right out of the box with no training required, and launches with a simple press of a button.

VSuite is available on the BlackBerry 8800 in the following languages: US English, UK English, French, Canadian French, German, Latin American Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Russian.

Users can also launch the VSuite application from a wired or Bluetooth(R) wireless headset, with a push of a button. For example, a user can simply press a button on the headset and say, "Call Joe Smith, work" to initiate the call.

In addition to launching the market-proven set of features in VSuite for hands-free eyes-free dialing, the BlackBerry 8800 implements some unique voice calling features including:

o "Smart Dialing" of Company Extensions: Users can call the corporate
desk phone of their co-workers by simply speaking the words "call
extension" followed by the extension number. The BlackBerry 8800 will
dial the preset main line, pause momentarily upon connecting to the
switchboard, and then automatically dial the extension number.

o Automatic Updates of New Contacts: New contacts added to the
BlackBerry(R) Address Book, whether directly on the handset or via the
user's desktop contact management software (such as Microsoft(R)
Outlook or Lotus(R) Notes(R)), are automatically available for voice
activated dialing from the BlackBerry 8800.

o Identical Names Handling: In the case where there are two contacts with
the same name in the user's address book, the caller is further
prompted to name the contact's company. For example, the user can say
"call John Smith", and be prompted to identify if the John Smith they
want to call is at "Company ABC" or "Company XYZ".

"We are pleased that RIM, the market leader in wireless enterprise solutions, has chosen VoiceSignal. It demonstrates the importance of an embedded voice interface as part of the mobile phone experience and the quality of VoiceSignal's solutions," said VoiceSignal CEO Rich Geruson. "VoiceSignal is committed to continuing to lead in the delivery of innovative speech-enabled features for these devices," Geruson added.

About VoiceSignal Technologies

VoiceSignal is the global leader in mobile voice technology. More than 110 million copies of VoiceSignal software in 21 languages have shipped embedded in devices from the world's top handset manufacturers. With VoiceSignal's solution, users can speak a name, a number, or a command, and get connected in one step. VoiceSignal's unique architecture is compatible with the entire range of mobile devices -- from entry-level, voice-centric handsets to enterprise-class PDAs and smart phones. VoiceSignal solutions are preferred by the largest global handset brands and specified by major operators worldwide. Additional information about the company is available at www.voicesignal.com

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

Source: VoiceSignal

Web site: www.voicesignal.com/

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