InfoVision Awards

Collecting the award for Best New Service….

And all the happy winners….

Looks like someone missed a memo re: dress code 🙂

Press Pack for the Awards here.

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Kudos and Thanks : We won!

So – we won! Against formidable competition – the “SuperTankers of the Telecom World”  – we picked up the “Best New Service” award at the InfoVision Awards last night. And man, are we delighted! 🙂

An initial reaction – three things:

  1. We were honoured to have been nominated, and now are over the moon to have won. We really appreciate the fact that an industry panel judged us worthy. It means a lot to us, our customers and partners.
  2. The crew at Dial2Do have had a hectic year. We launched “for real” at CES in January. We quickly signed partners. We added features, billing, territories, languages. And more. So this award is (cliché alert) very much an acknowledgement of the team effort: massive Pats-on-Backs to all – “top job!”
  3. For anyone here at our Blog for the first time because you saw us at the awards and on the BBWF material, or heard about us on the innernet – welcome! We’re proud of the service – go to http://www.dial2do.com right now and try it out – for free – and let us know what you think! Follow us on twitter here or drop us a line.

The official release is here. The Eiffel Tower even put its sparkly dress on to congratulate us.

Wish Us Luck at InfoVision Awards Tonight!

Oui – c’est vrai! Dial2Do was nominated for a prestigious InfoVision Award at the BroadBand World Forum Conference that kicked off today in beautiful Paris. Well – tonight is awards ceremony night and Dial2Do will be at the event and hoping for the best. Of course, we’re already thrilled to be nominated in the Best New Service category – especially considering the other nominees in that category. And of course, since our nomination, we also announced the launch of Plantronics Savor M1100 with Vocalyst.

The awards take place on a boat – no less! Apparently hors d’oeuvres and a tipple (and much much more by the sounds of it) will be served while we hear the names of the lucky winners announced. A dirty job, but someone’s got to do it 🙂

Anyway – win or lose – the conference looks set to be a great event, and we’ll update here with any interesting news that catches our eye. We’re on not one, but two panels about developers, APIs and ecosystem on Thursday at the show, with Alan Quayle, and will be on the conference floor and at the sessions for the duration. For an example of Alan’s continued excellent work to motivate the telecom Industry – see this recent post from his blog.

Anyway – we’re here all week (longer – depending on the planned industrial action) so do drop a line if you fancy meeting up. Meanwhile: À tout à l’heure !

Dial2Do for super busy People!

Jabra, the world leader in innovative Bluetooth headsets and in-car speakerphones, announced yesterday its new consumer-friendly library of third-party hands-free applications for their headsets. Jabra is offering the best voice-enabled, entertainment, and music apps to enhance their customers’ experience.


We are absolutely thrilled that Dial2Do’s Hands-Free Assistant is among one of Jabra’s third-party apps. We are also featured in one of their promotional videos. Check out the one with the busy mom and 2 energetic kids (far left). The video is pretty cool and it demonstrates that your hands-free device plus Dial2Do’s Handsfree Assistant don’t have to be used only when you’re driving. This is a nice example where Dial2Do’s Handsfree Assistant is a great way to get things done and stay productive with the power of your voice.

Maryland going hands-free on October 1st

Maryland is about to follow suit and go hands-free,  along with fellow states such as California, Oregon, Washington, New York and New Jersey. As of Friday the use of hand held cell phones will be banned for all drivers in Maryland. Using hands-free devices will be compulsory for those on the road.

Distracted driving comes in many forms such as eating, drinking, fidgeting with the radio, tending to small kids in the back seat and even talking to your passengers while driving but cell phone use and texting are the most noteworthy.

A study by the American Journal of Public Health, released on September 23, 2010 found that distracted driving fatalities caused by cell phone use and texting soared 28 percent, from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. A Transportation Department study showed that motorists who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds while texting.

In addition, even though we all know it’s dangerous to text and drive, 34% of teens aged 13-17 and 47% of adults aged 18+ have admitted to texting while driving according to Mashable.

What do these stats tell us?

Yes, we’ve all done it, reaching for the phone to make a call or send a text while driving. Realistically it’s almost impossible to completely stop drivers from using their phones – even after legislation – unless they switch it off or leave the phones at home. Think of busy professionals on the go.

At the very least by using hands-free devices to send text messages or take a call, drivers can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Plantronics launches Vocalyst

Today, cloud based voice services took another big step forward with the announcement by Plantronics of a new service called ‘Vocalyst’.   Vocalyst is a cloud based voice service that comes bundled with two new headsets (also announced today) in the Plantronics range.

First up is the  Savor M1100 which comes with a dedicated voice button – you just tap the button and say “call vocalyst” – and you’re through to the service.

Savor M1100

Likewise, the new Voyager PRO+, lets users invoke the service by just triple-tapping a button on the headset.

Voyager PRO+

Now instead of just making and taking calls, users of the Plantronics Savor M1100 and Voyager PRO+  can do several things “out of the box” with Vocalyst:

  • Send and listen to emails
  • Record and listen to reminders
  • Post messages to Twitter and listen to their Twitter streams
  • Update Evernote
  • Listen to the news, finance, sports and weather reports
  • An optional upgrade allows users to send text messages, use a range of 3rd party services and have their messages converted from voice to text.

Plantronics are offering Vocalyst Basic edition bundled free for one year with the Savor M100 and Voyager PRO+ in the US.  Both the Savor M1100 and the Voyager Pro+ will retail at $99.99 and will be available in October in the US.

Vocalyst works with any phone – users activate the 1 year included service at www.plantronics.com/vocalyst.

Plantronics Vocalyst

As an extra bonus to help combat distracted driving, Blackberry and Android users can download  apps that will read out text messages to you while you drive, and auto-respond with a custom message.

Vocalyst Smartphone App

The Plantronics Vocalyst service is powered by Dial2Do.

Full release here

Dial2Do shortlisted for InfoVision award for Best New Service

Dial2Do’s HandsFreeAssistant was shortlisted yesterday for an InfoVision Award at the Broadband World Forum Conference to be held in Paris in October this year. We’re in the “Best New Service” category , and it would be fair to say that we’re thrilled skinny. Mind you, the competition is a little intimidating – the shortlist includes us and one or two Telco Brands you may have heard of:

  • Dial2Do – HandsFreeAssistant
  • Ericsson Inc. – Dynamic Open Access Solution
  • Huawei – Launching the Convergent Conferencing Service
  • Motorola – TD-LTE Shanghai
  • Saudi Telecom Company – Broadband Jood Plus
  • So yes – we have our work cut out to win the prize! 🙂

    Our first time at the Broadband World Forum conference was last year, when we took part in a panel moderated by Alan Quayle. Depsite the “Broadband” word in the title – it’s actually a broad conference covering key topics in wireless, mobile and broadband, and includes many of he key movers and shakers worldwide. Keynotes are from the CEOs or CTOs of the world’s top operators and vendors, so it’s great for “taking a temperture” for where things are at in the industry.

    Alan works with Operators and other Telecom vendors around the world, and has long been both advocate of how operators can change to take advantage of their strengths in the changing Telecom landscape, and thorn in their side when he explains where he thinks they’re going wrong. A nice example is his recent piece on Developer Communities in his blog, in which he helps categorise the different Operator Developer and Content Communities.

    Alan is moderating several sessions at the World Forum Conference – one on Service Delivery Platform (SDP) Evolution and one on Developer Communities. We’ll be taking part in the panel discussion for the latter session, which will have presentations from Orange, Verizon and KPN about their development community initiatives, as well as  some opening comments and stewardship from Alan himself. It’s always interesting to get together with the operators and talk frankly about what works and what doesn’t – and I’d expect this session to be no exception 🙂

    You can get a feel for our Point of View from our presentation at ICIN 2009:

    Great conference, and we’re delighted to be nominated in illustrious company. Hope to see you there!