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Tellme launches new mobile voice service

One button voice access to mobile communications and information

By CBR Staff Writer

Tellme Networks, a provider of voice services and a subsidiary of Microsoft, has launched its first mobile voice service to combine content and communications, simplifying how people interact with their phones every day.

Tellme claims to be the first to allow people to press one button, say what they want and get it, whether that is to send a text, make a call or search for information, said Microsoft.

The new service puts many of the most popular phone functions behind a single button. The new service claims to enable windows phone users to just press the button of their phone to send a text by speaking the text message, initiate a call simply by saying call and then the name of anyone in their contact list and search the Web with Microsoft Live Search by speaking request.

Tellme will be available for free on Windows Mobile 6.5 phones in fall 2009 when the phones hit store shelves. Initially available in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile store, the service will also be available for free to mobile operators and carriers to embed ‘on-device’ for a voice experience right out of the box, the company added.

Dariusz Packzuski, senior director of consumer services at Tellme, said: Because it’s so intuitive, we believe there is a real opportunity for voice to materialize as the leading user interface for the phone. By bringing voice access to calling, texting and searching, together we reduce menu surfing on phones and make the benefits of voice more tangible for everyday needs.

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