Ditech Gives Voice to Mobile Web

The Web is about to become vocal, as mobile-voice-solution company Ditech Networks prepares to launch mStage, a mobile platform that allows callers to use social networking and IM tools on a phone via voice.

Callers can voice keywords in the middle of a conversation to access e-mail, entertainment listings and social media. Ditech also reports that mStage will send "whispers" to callers from the Web to let them know about an IM message or, perhaps, an online-shopping deal.

mStage will be available in the third quarter, and Ditech will show the new platform at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Feb. 16-19.