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Voice recognition for your cell phone

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

Dialing a cellular phone while driving is a potentiallyhazardous affair. But wireless service providers are attempting tosolve the problem for entrepreneurs who have to travel frequentlyby offering voice-recognition dialing services.

The services allow you to preprogram your phone with an array offrequently called numbers and simply call whomever you want withone vocal command, or you can vocalize a string of numbers--nospecial phones required. Two companies that currently offervoice-recognition dialing are Bell Atlantic ( and AT&T Wireless( Bellcharges $2.99 per month for the service while AT&T charges$6.99 per month--both prices are in addition to your usual servicefees.

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