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Hoping to provide users with a more intelligent alternative to voice mail, Wildfire Communications has expanded the availability of its Wildfire Electronic Assistant.

Hoping to provide users with a more intelligent alternative to voice mail, Wildfire Communications announced today that it has expanded the availability of its Wildfire Electronic Assistant.

A kind of digital secretary, the Wildfire service operates entirely over ordinary telephones, using speech recognition to handle incoming and outgoing calls, scheduling follow-up calls, sending reminders, and managing messages and contact lists. Users can program the service, which is also available as a packaged product for companies, to locate them via mobile, office, or home phone.

Today, the company announced that it has signed agreements with 12 new service providers that will offer Wildfire in a range of areas, including Cleveland; Pittsburgh; Phoenix; New York City; Seattle; Toronto; Orange County, California; Connecticut; and Australia.

Wildfire also announced a new president and CEO today, Robert G. Mechaley, Jr., formerly a senior vice president of AT&T Wireless Services.