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NMS enables BeVocal to speed launch of extensive, free
voice-enabled services


Natural MicroSystems, the technology leader enabling a new
era in communications, announced today that BeVocal, Inc., a
leading American voice portal, has deployed its consumer
voice portal service using NMS' HearSay platform. BeVocal's
award-winning service is designed to solve critical,
location-specific problems for busy people on the go.
American consumers can dial 1-800-4BVOCAL from any phone and
instantly access free voice-enabled driving directions,
travel information, business locations, stock quotes, and
local weather and traffic reports.

Using its patent-pending VocalBoostTM architecture and
comprehensive hosting infrastructure, BeVocal is the first
company to create an open, scaleable platform that enables
partners to rapidly build and deploy their own voice-enabled
services. BeVocal is the first and only voice portal to
support development using VoiceXML and SpeechObjects, two
important emerging industry standards. BeVocal is also the
first and only consumer voice portal that can deliver
content via voice, e-mail, or Wireless Access Protocol
(WAP), with support for fax and text paging to be offered
later this year.

The voice portal market is estimated to exceed $12 billion
by 2005, according to The Kelsey Group. Mark Plakias of The
Kelsey Group said: "BeVocal exemplifies a new breed of
telephony-savvy portals that want direct control over
time-to-market and applications design. NMS HearSay responds
to this fundamental change in the market. By combining
software APIs and tools into a high-density platform
configuration, NMS moves up the value-chain and gives
hard-charging developers like BeVocal unfettered access to
core telephony and speech technologies."

In providing its new voice portal service, BeVocal benefits
from the recently launched HearSay technology from NMS, an
integrated product designed to drive the rapid development
and deployment of highly scalable voice-driven Web
applications, voice portal solutions, and voice-enabled
e-commerce solutions.

"Our mission is to make the widest array of voice-enabled
content, commerce, communications, and customer service
applications accessible to consumers from any phone," said
Amol Joshi, Co-founder and VP of Marketing of BeVocal.
"NMS's partnership and the HearSay product have been
fundamental to our ability to rapidly go to market with our
new service. We selected HearSay because it provides us with
unbeatable scalability on an industry proven, highly
extensible platform, NMS' AG 4000. HearSay also gives us the
flexibility to quickly add capacity to host high call volume
voice-enabled applications created by third-parties using
BeVocal's open development platform for VoiceXML and
SpeechObjects."

Chris Smith, director of Enhanced Services at NMS, adds, "We
are very pleased that voice portal industry leader BeVocal
selected and deployed NMS' HearSay, AG4000, and
NaturalAccess development environment. BeVocal is an
extremely important partner for NMS and we've been impressed
at how rapidly they have been able to integrate and deploy
the HearSay technology in their application. We're also
excited to see the rapid acceptance and momentum that NMS is
building in the voice portal market. We truly believe that
HearSay is rapidly becoming the platform of choice for
portal industry leaders that want to build large, scalable,
highly functional portals. BeVocal's application is very
impressive and we're delighted they have selected NMS
technology."

About BeVocal, Inc. Based in Santa Clara, California,
BeVocal is a consumer voice portal pioneer that aims to make
the widest variety of voice-enabled content, commerce,
communications and customer service applications accessible
from any phone, simply by speaking. By dialing
1-800-4-BVOCAL (1-800-428-6225), callers nationwide can
immediately access free voice-enabled driving directions,
business locations, travel information, traffic updates,
weather reports, and stock quotes. Using its patent-pending
VocalBoostTM architecture and comprehensive hosting
infrastructure, BeVocal is the first company to create an
open, scaleable platform that enables partners to rapidly
build and deploy their own voice-enabled services. BeVocal's
innovative service has been honored with the "Best of Show -
Voice Technology" Award by Digital Living Room and the
Investor's Choice and People's Choice Awards by Upside's
Showcase 2000 Conference. The company has raised $46.2
million in funding from premier venture capital firms and
leading Silicon Valley executives. For additional
information about BeVocal, please call 408-748-8700 or visit
http://www.bevocal.com

About Natural MicroSystems Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ:
NMSS) is the technology leader making it possible for the
world's top networking and communication equipment suppliers
to create and accelerate communications infrastructure and
services. The company designs, develops and supplies
network-quality hardware and software components and
provides design and customization services that are enabling
a new era of communications.

Deployed in nearly 50 countries, NMS' products and
technologies are at the foundation of today's high-value
communications systems, including network-based enhanced
service platforms, media and access gateways, media servers,
voice portals, web-enabled call centers, unified messaging
platforms and wireless networks. NMS has a long history of
technology innovations that advance the rapid growth of the
communications industry worldwide, including breakthroughs
such as the first complete open IP gateway, the first
complete open packet media server and leadership in bringing
open, scalable CompactPCI to the telecommunications
industry. More information about NMS is available at
http://www.nmss.com

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