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January 07, 2010

Bluetrek Partners with Dial2Do to Integrate Voice-Activated Email, Texting, into Bluetrek's New Concerto Bluetooth Headset

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Bluetrek Technologies Ltd., a global manufacturer of Bluetooth headsets, announced that it has signed a partnership deal with Dial2Do, a technology company specializing in voice-activated hands-free communications including email and text messaging, to enable users of Bluetrek’s new Concerto headset with voice-activated, hands-free email and texting.

“Dial2Do is an incredibly easy way to stay connected in a hands-free environment and this partnership with Bluetrek gives consumers easy access to our service,” said Ivan MacDonald, chief executive officer at Dial2Do, in a release.

“Bluetrek has rapidly become one of the global leaders in Bluetooth mobile accessories and its new Concerto headset is state-of-the-art. Now, by simply pressing the button on the Concerto headset, people can message and stay connected while in their cars or any other environment where they do not have access to a keyboard,” added MacDonald.

As per the terms of this deal, Dial2Do’s Hands-free Assistant, a proprietary voice-activated messaging platform will allow users to access the system by dialing a network access number. Subsequently by just using voice commands, they can send, listen and reply to emails and text messages and access popular networking sites.

This technology, as stated, will initially be made available only in the US, the Dial2Do Hands-free Assistant is offered at two service levels and will soon be available in more than 20 countries.

Bluetrek Concerto headset is a hands-free, noise-canceling headset also unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show. The product will have a one-touch button to allow the user to directly access the Dial2Do Hands-free Assistant.

Reportedly, the Dial2Do system will initially allow users to create and send emails by voice and listen to them read back, and create and send text messages by voice. The company is also planning to introduce a series of new free, downloadable software apps to allow many smartphone platforms to read-back text messages through the Concerto headset.

“Bluetrek products are known for helping people be more productive and efficient in a hands-free environment via a range of voice activated solutions. Partnering with a company like Dial2Do and making their voice-activated messaging platform easily available to our customers is, therefore, an obvious and natural choice,” said Nicolas Olivier, chief executive officer at Bluetrek.

“While the Bluetrek Concerto with the Hands-free Assistant won’t eliminate the growing problem of distracted driving due to texting or emailing, it certainly will help users keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. This is especially important not only for those drivers, but for the rest of us driving on those same roads,” clarified Olivier.

The Concerto is made available at $89.99. As stated, customers who buy the new Bluetrek Concerto will automatically receive a 60-day free trial subscription to the Dial2Do Pro service.

Dial2Do was formerly part of Rococo Software, a provider of Bluetooth enablement software to handset manufacturers.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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