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VOICE SIGNAL AND SAMSUNG UNVEIL ADVANCED VOICE ACTIVATION.

Samsung Electronics, the world's third largest supplier of wireless phones, and Voice Signal Technologies, a developer of speech interface software for mobile devices, have formed a worldwide strategic partnership to provide users of new Samsung wireless phones with the most advanced and convenient voice activation technology ever. The first handset containing Voice Signal's new voice interface system is the A500, now available at retail stores throughout the U.S. for Sprint's PCS Vision nationwide network.

Samsung was the first wireless phone manufacturer to introduce voice-activated name dialing in 1998, starting a worldwide trend that other phone manufacturers followed. Through its partnership with Voice Signal, Samsung is again setting the standard by offering never before seen voice activation capabilities in a handset.

In the past, voice activation software in mobile phones allowed the user to dial by name after creating a voice tag for each entry. The new voice-activated features shipped in the A500 allow users not only to dial by name, but also to dial any phone number by voice. This feature is particularly helpful in voice dialing situations when the name and voice tag have not been stored in the phone.

The new system works without any training and allows any phone number to be dialed simply by saying the number. The phone either connects to that number, or verifies the number by displaying the number on the screen, and repeating the number back to the user. The user simply says "yes" to confirm the number and place the call. Moreover, if a user has a strong accent, Voice Signal's speech recognition function can be adapted to the user's voice to ensure high accuracy in dialing.

The new A500 also allows users to instantly access other popular features of the phone by voice. By simply saying "voicemail" the phone will activate the voicemail functions, or by saying "phonebook," the screen immediately shows the contact list. Even commands such as "Play Games," "Browser" and others are supported, taking users to the new Sprint PCS Vision high-speed Internet service.

Ease-of-Use and Convenience

"Consumers have come to love the convenience of their wireless phone regardless of where they are," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of wireless terminals for Samsung Telecommunications America. "They are demanding that wireless phones be easier to use. After extensive research and testing, we concluded that speech recognition was the best way to enhance the usability for the consumer, and Voice Signal's speech recognition provided the best performance."

Voice Signal's Vision

"Speech is an enabling technology that will play an increasingly central role in the way humans and computers interface," said Dan Roth, CEO of Voice Signal. "Samsung was the first to employ speech recognition in the wireless phone market, and we are pleased that our partnership has led to another first with the new A500 voice activated capabilities. We are extremely pleased that Samsung shares our vision and has chosen Voice Signal as their partner to provide enhanced voice activation capabilities for their wireless phones worldwide."

Availability

The Samsung A500 phone, with Voice Signal's speech interface software is available now through Sprint Stores, and other selected retail outlets, including Circuit City and Best Buy. The A500 has a suggested retail price of $299.00 and is designed for use on Sprint's new PCS Vision service.

About Samsung

Samsung Telecommunications America, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, see STA's website at http://www.samsungusa.com/wireless.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global provider of semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses.

About Voice Signal Technologies

Voice Signal Technologies, Inc., is a privately held company based in Woburn, Massachusetts. The company specializes in developing state-of-the art speech interface solutions for mobile devices.

Voice Signal Technologies can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.voicesignal.com/.

For more information, call 617/484-0063.
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