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Voice recognition for your cell phone

Dialing a cellular phone while driving is a potentially hazardous affair. But wireless service providers are attempting to solve the problem for entrepreneurs who have to travel frequently by offering voice-recognition dialing services.

The services allow you to preprogram your phone with an array of frequently called numbers and simply call whomever you want with one vocal command, or you can vocalize a string of numbers--no special phones required. Two companies that currently offer voice-recognition dialing are Bell Atlantic (http://www.bam.com) and AT&T Wireless (http://www.attws.com). Bell charges $2.99 per month for the service while AT&T charges $6.99 per month--both prices are in addition to your usual service fees.


Gene Koprowski has covered the tech industry for 10 years and writes a monthly computing column for The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition. Contact him at 74203.1677@compuserve.com.

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This article was originally published in the November 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: No Hands Required.

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