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Voice recognition for your cell phone

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This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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.

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