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13th July 2000

Vocalis Provides SpeechMail for US Internet Provider

Vocalis, the international speech technologies group, has formed a further major agreement with a US Internet company, Teleconomico, Inc.

Teleconomico, based in Houston, Texas, is an Internet applications provider that operates, a free international PC to Phone service with more than half a million subscribers. Under the agreement, Vocalis will provide members with email access by telephone, using Vocalis SpeechMail.

Vocalis SpeechMail enables a user to manage email by telephone using a combination of advanced speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies. Using spoken commands, the user can send, retrieve and delete email without a computer or direct Internet access. Over 50 leading Internet Service Providers currently use Vocalis SpeechMail, including BT Internet, Cable & Wireless, and UUNET.

"Vocalis' Advanced Speech Recognition Technology is central to our goal to expand Internet functionality through the telephone," said Donald Williams, Chairman and CEO of Teleconomico. "We feel certain that our 600,000 members will be excited about the opportunity to now have free voice-enabled access to their email over the telephone."

Vocalis and's agreement also entails the co-development of new and improved methods to send voice messages over the Internet and to voice enable Web sites through the use of Vocalis SpeecHTML.

"We are delighted to collaborate with Teleconomico on extending speech recognition applications through and in other ways," said Mike Williams, President of Vocalis Inc. "All of our strategic partnerships emphasise a substantial commitment to develop and improve advanced, trend-setting speech technology products."

Since Vocalis' recent entry into the US marketplace, the company has made two other significant partnerships agreements., a prime Internet service provider in Houston, also added Vocalis SpeechMail functionality. In addition, Zebec Data Systems, a leading data warehousing service in the US healthcare industry, partnered with Vocalis to develop front-end, interactive voice response and e-commerce applications using Vocalis SpeecHTML. For more Vocalis product information, see the company's Websites at: and

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Vocalis works with organisations to create contact centre solutions that build the organisations business and brands. These solutions can turn your contact centre from a cost to a profit centre by ensuring it builds your brand, helps your business be more competitive, and increases customer loyalty through more effective and efficient service. Vocalis was formed in 1993, is publicly traded on FTSE Stock Market and has been listed since July 1996. Vocalis brings back the reassurance of the most personal human touch in business - putting voice to work.

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