SOURCE: Lexifone Inc.

March 17, 2015 16:00 ET

Lexifone Announces Launch of New Lexifone for iPhone App

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - March 17, 2015) - Lexifone has unveiled a new iOS app for their automatic, in-call voice translation service, as promised at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona during March 2 - 5, 2015. The company was an exhibitor at MWC and now has the iOS app available to the public.

"This week's launch of the Lexifone for iPhone app will enhance user experience and make Lexifone an easy, efficient translation tool for everyone across the globe," says Steve Dubnik, Lexifone CEO. "We are thrilled with the feedback we've received thus far regarding our products and are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our customers."

The new Lexifone for iPhone app (which is compatible with iPhone 5 and iPhone 6) and existing Android app (available on the Google Play store) are free. Every new account includes 10 free minutes of use to make actual calls using Lexifone's service, as well as a free built-in training and practice tool that teaches users how to use the product, while also allowing them to practice communicating through the translation service. After the initial 10 minutes, face-to-face translation service remains free of charge, while users are charged a flat rate, pay-as-you-go price set at $10 for every 60 minutes of telephone conversation.

Lexifone's new automatic voice translation service is the first of its kind, allowing for a fluid conversation for users, despite language barriers. Lexifone's service differs from current translation services in that it goes beyond just text and email translation by delivering voice translation instead. This allows for more interactive conversations, appropriate pronunciation and the ability for users to hear the tone of the conversation they are having.

In addition to being the first automatic voice translation service, Lexifone exceeds the competition by translating into 16 different languages, enabling calls to more than 100 countries.

The voice user experience is equivalent to having a third party human interpreter on the line, except the translation is machine-based. For example, a Spanish-speaking customer will call a French business they are trying to contact for the call. This conversation can be enabled to understand Spanish on one end, and French on the other. During the conversation, both sides of the call will hear both the original voice and the translation coming from the other end.

Lexifone also offers a face-to-face service that is free to the public and allows both parties to communicate face-to-face in a conference room, office or via webcam while speaking different languages into a speakerphone. Through this service, Lexifone translates without dialing out, while still providing the same fluid translation available in other products.

As Lexifone continues to grow as a leader in global telecommunication, the company is attracting the interest of prominent international businesses seeking partnership. In 2014, French telecom giant, SFR, partnered with Lexifone to offer an automatic, in-call translation service to French businesses looking for ways to improve their global commerce and telecommunications.

Also, Lexifone is expanding partnerships with mobile device manufacturers, evidenced through the recent selection to work with Sony as a part of Sony Select, a handpicked selection of apps that is exclusive to Sony mobile phone customers and features content that is optimized to work on Xperia devices. Through their involvement with Sony Select, Lexifone will be available on all of Sony's Xperia devices, putting Lexifone's services at the fingertips of millions.

"Our purpose is to improve global commerce by eliminating language barriers in a way that is easy for both parties involved in conversation and in business," continues Dubnik. "As we grow, our goal is to include more languages and increase the number of countries and destinations to which we are able to provide our service. Lexifone's products are truly expanding the capabilities of worldwide business, and we are looking forward to what's next for our company and our customers."

To view videos and learn more about Lexifone's service visit the Lexifone YouTube channel.

About Lexifone

Lexifone is the world's only privately-held automated technology for in-call translation. Lexifone translates outgoing and incoming calls in 16 different languages on any landline or mobile phone. Both sides of the call simply speak their language and Lexifone will translate both ends of the conversation in real time. The company is headquartered in New York, with an R&D center in Haifa, Israel, and Business Development office in San Francisco, California. To learn more about Lexifone visit www.lexifone.com.

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