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OpenAI Gifts Voice to All Users in First Release Since Board Debacle

Previously limited to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users, ChatGPT voice is now free for all

Ben Wodecki

November 23, 2023

1 Min Read
ChatGPT Voice functionality. Free users of the ChatGPT app can now use OpenAI's voice tech, the first release since Sam Atlman was fired and rehired.
ChatGPT's voice option was previously locked to subscription usersOpenAI

In its first release since its boardroom debacle, OpenAI gives all ChatGPT users access to its voice capabilities.

ChatGPT with voice is now available to users of the free version. Accessed via the app, users simply talk instead of typing. The app will process the audio and generate an audio response.

In reference to the boardroom coup – in which Sam Altman was fired and then later rehired – a demo on X saw developers ask ChatGPT how many pizzas to order as “it’s been a long night for the team and we’re hungry.”

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The new voice functionality allows users to have back-and-forth conversations with ChatGPT. OpenAI boasts a powerful speech recognition system in Whisper v3, the newest version of OpenAI’s speech recognition model. First showcased at DevDay, it offers improved accuracy and commercial applicability.

ChatGPT’s voice functionality was first showcased back in September alongside a ChatGPT update allowing users to input images as prompts.

The voice and image options were previously limited to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users.

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Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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