Vlingo, a Cambridge, MA-based start-up that has developed voice-based interface for mobile phones is working with AT&T and Sprint, according to The New York Times. Both wireless carriers are testing an app called, The Find, which allows you to speak and search for local business information, songs or some web information.
I wrote about the company back in August 2007 and was quite impressed. What I like about the company (and others like it) is that we need to figure out a way to make the complicated-phones of today easier to use.
That said, Vlingo has some challenges: the market is very crowded and more players keep entering the business including some with deep pockets. For example, Nuance, the voice recognition giant, that in recent weeks has been talking up its mobile strategy.