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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 1996
PHILADELPHIA TRI-STATE REGION CELLULAR USERS GET
VOICE DIALING SERVICE
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Debuts
Philadelphia, PA -- Beginning today, Bell Atlantic NYNEX
offer its Philadelphia Tri-State region customers TalkDial(sm) service, a
new voice-activated dialing system. Now, users can dial their
cellular phones as easily as thinking out loud.
With TalkDial, customers can place cellular phone calls by speaking
the phone number, or simply speaking the name of a person or place
they regularly call.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile customers can use any type of cellular
phone with TalkDial, and no additional equipment is required. The
monthly fee for the service is $4.99, which includes unlimited
voice-activated dialing and a 30-day money back guarantee.
"TalkDial gives our customers the convenience and added safety of
being able to dial a phone number simply by speaking," says Bob
vice president of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Philadelphia Tri-State
region. "Now, customers can easily and conveniently conduct their
business and personal matters without having to manually dial each
phone number into the keypad."
TalkDial uses the software of Atlanta-based Intellivoice
Communications, which uses technology unsurpassed by other
voice-activated systems. Unlike other technologies, this system does
not require customers to wait for a tone between each spoken digit of
a phone number, making the dialing process faster and easier.
TalkDial's proprietary error correction technique creates a speech
recognition profile for each individual subscriber, which accurately
predicts and activates the number to be dialed.
TalkDial features voice prompts. Customers are not required to use
commands, such as "call" or "dial," that are common
in other systems
and can lengthen the time it takes to initiate a call. For even
faster processing, customers who use a personal identification number
(PIN) do not need to enter it when calling a name programmed into
To activate the service, the user presses the " * " and
which prompts the word "TalkDial." The customer then recites
desired telephone number or says a name/place they've stored in their
personal directory, such as "office," and the number is
In addition to speaking a number or name from the directory, the
caller can say "directory" to program numbers, or
"help" to listen to
a user-friendly tutorial. Customers who use PIN codes have the option
of speaking the code or entering it on the keypad.
With 3.4 million customers, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
is the largest wireless service provider on the East Coast and the
second largest provider in the US. With regional headquarters in
Trevose, PA, and national headquarters in Bedminster, NJ, the company
offers a full range of wireless voice, data and paging communications
solutions to its customers in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast,
and through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Formed in July
1995 through the combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile's and NYNEX
Mobile's cellular operations, the company has more than 5,000
Intellivoice Communications, Inc., founded in 1988, is a leading
systems integrator and developer of Voice Activated Services
applications for both cellular and wireline telephone company operating
environments. Intellivoice is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with R&D
facilities in Farmington Hills, MI. Over the past eight years,
Intellivoice has successfully delivered products that support a broad
range of speech recognition enabled applications including Directory
Assistance Call Completion, Voice Activated Dialing, Voice Mail Access,
and Speaker Verification.
for more information, contact:
- Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Steve Fleischer, (908) 306-7539
The Tierney Group, Andra Davidson, (215) 732-4100
PST Communications Group, Liz Thomas, (609) 396-8300
For a demonstration of TalkDial in Philadelphia, call
at (215) 732-4100. In New Jersey or Delaware, call Liz Thomas at