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It's All Talk

Voice-to-text technology can make text messaging a breeze

This story appears in the September 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Unless you have especially fleet thumbs, it can be a chore totype a text message on a cell phone. That's why Samsung hascome up with a way to reduce your typing time with a couple of newmobiles featuring VoiceMode voice-to-text technology. We tried outthe SGH-p207 on the Cingular network to see how well it works. Thephone itself is a sleek, lightweight device with a stealthyblack-and-chrome design, built-in camera and bright colorscreen.

Fortunately, the phone comes with a quick-start guide for theVoiceMode technology that offers an easy-to-follow setup routine.It took about five minutes from cracking open the guide until wewere dictating a text message. Setup involves "adapting"the phone to your voice by saying a series of 122 words. It goesquickly.

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