Tech: Voice Wars

Until recently, voice-recognition features on cell phones had only limited use. You recorded a name and later, if you said it exactly the way you did the first time, the phone might make the call. Now a new class of phones is speaker independent: anyone can say a name and, in theory, the phone will call. Sprint PCS sells three such phones--the Samsung A600 ($350), VGA1000 ($260) and new VI660 ($230). Verizon Wireless introduced similar voice recognition last fall in the Samsung i600 Smartphone ($500) and this week follows it up with the VX4500 from LG ($120). We programmed the four...

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