Rogers Wireless selects Nuance Voice Control, brings speech-based mobile search and communication to Canada

March 29, 2007

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) today announced that Rogers Wireless, Canada’s largest wireless voice and data communications service provider, will offer Nuance(R) Voice Control, a speech-enabled mobile search and messaging service, to its millions of subscribers on select devices. Nuance Voice Control is a comprehensive subscription-based system that is driven entirely by natural voice commands.

The Nuance Voice Control service will allow Rogers subscribers to press one-button on their mobile phone and simply speak a request, eliminating the need to fumble with tiny keypads or navigate complex menus to perform simple tasks. Consumers can easily dictate and send email or SMS messages, create calendar entries, dial a contact, and search the Web for business listings, news, weather, stock quotes, sport scores and more. This complete mobile service with powerful speech-enabled search and communications applications will be available in May 2007 for a $6 monthly fee for Rogers subscribers on select devices.

Nuance Voice Control satisfies a growing demand for mobile information anywhere, anytime, as industry analysts project the U.S. market size for mobile search at more than $8 billion in 2008. Bringing accurate speech recognition to the mobile environment opens the wide spectrum of mobile Web content to consumers by eliminating the need to search the Web via their phone's keypad. Using intuitive voice commands, a Rogers customer can find sports scores, movie times, business listings, weather and more. The system does not require any voice training, so most users are up and running within minutes.

Simple intuitive voice commands include:

  • “Find business, Overnight Shipping, near Jacksonville, Fla.”

  • “Call Jim Johnson at work”

  • “Email Karen Smith. Subject: budget meeting. Body: The time has been changed to 2 p.m.”

  • “Weather for Toronto”

  • “Sports: hockey”

  • “Top news stories”

  • “Search Web for population of British Columbia”

  • “Go to Website,”

“Nuance has made a significant investment in the development of speech-enabled services to help Rogers Wireless and other wireless carriers improve the mobile experience for subscribers around the world,” said Michael Thompson, vice president and general manager, telco, search and communications. “Working with carriers such as Rogers Wireless, Nuance will continue to deliver innovative speech solutions that enhance the accessibility and utility of mobile devices.”

Nuance Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN)

Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. (NYSE: RCN; Toronto: RCM)

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