Rather than typing, consumers just speak into the phone, telling it the e-mail address and the content of the message. The phone does the rest.
No. 1 U.S. cell phone operator Cingular Wireless sells thefor $80 to those signing two-year service contracts. Its manufacturer's suggested retail price is $180. The second Samsung speed-to-text phone, the A800, is set to debut in the next two months.
Anyone who has tried to peck out a text message on a phone's dozen keys or on miniature versions of QWERTY keypads knows the inherent frustration, not to mention . Especially in the United States, the irritation is a primary reason for the tepid, albeit growing, use of new data-oriented cell phone services, which operators are counting on to bring in new revenue.
For now, speech technology is expected to be used mainly for text messages. But it's just a short step from there to using the same software, provided by VoiceSignal Technologies, to "type" in a Web address and more easily surf the Web. The two Samsung phones use a VoiceSignal Technologies application called QuickPhrase, which lets people send pre-programmed short messages like "call me" or "will call you later" by simply speaking the words.