Being able to communicate effectively and fluently with people who speak a different language to your own is becoming ever-more vital as businesses both large and small learn how to leapfrog international borders in their quest for greater profits. And, as in many other areas of life today, technology is there to help them make the most of any potential opportunities.
You may have missed this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which showcased the usual plethora of innovative products. One which caused more than a little passing interest was Lexifone’s automatic translation service app, which is now available through Sony Select on Sony Xperia™ smartphones worldwide.
Significant new chapter
Lexifone, the world’s only privately-held automated technology for in-call translation, translates outgoing and incoming calls in 16 different languages on any land line or mobile phone. Both sides of the call simply speak their own language and Lexifone translates both ends of the conversation in real time. No internet connection or installation is required either and the technology works on any device. All users have to do is dial their local Lexifone number.
Speaking ahead of the Mobile World Congress, Lexifone CEO Steve Dubnik said, “Sony is a worldwide leader when it comes to communication, and this partnership marks a significant new chapter for us. Through Sony Select, our ground breaking voice translation technology and services are available to a huge number of people on premium Sony devices.”
Sony Select features a hand picked selection of apps that are exclusive to Sony mobile phone customers. All content found through Sony Select is optimized to work specifically on Sony’s Xperia™ devices.
All Xperia owners who register with Lexifone will receive 10 free minutes of fully translated calls, worldwide, via Lexifone CallOut™, plus unlimited free translation of in-person conversations via Lexifone’s Talk Face-to-Face service.
And Dubnik continued, “Our real time translation service is great for travellers, business people, expatriates, and any person who needs to converse with others who do not speak their language, either over a phone call or in person. With the capability to translate 16 different languages across 500 global destinations, Lexifone is changing the way the world interacts and bridging the gap created by language barriers.”
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 telecoms 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.
Dubnik added, “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. 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.”