Wildire ignites, then extinguishes

Schweber, Bill
November 2005
EDN;11/10/2005, Vol. 50 Issue 23, p102
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the Wildfire telephone-based virtual assistant developed and marketed by Wildfire Communications. Based on voice recognition of a few hundred key words, the device allowed subscribers to call in, ask for their messages, route and forward calls, manage contacts, send faxes and more. The service was doing so well that, in April 2000, Orange plc purchased Wildfire for €148 million and rolled out service to Great Britain, France and Italy, operating though regional-phone-operating companies.


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