A voice-responsive mobile status unit for operation in a communication system having at least one mobile transceiver and at least one base transceiver is disclosed. A speech recognition circuit is provided for receiving and converting predetermined spoken phrases into corresponding coded outgoing digital data signals if a predetermined spoken message occurs within a predetermined time interval after the occurrence of a predetermined spoken keyword. The digital data signals are transmitted to the base transceiver by the mobile transceiver. The mobile status unit further has a speech synthesizer for receiving coded incoming digital data signals being transmitted by the base transceiver and received by the mobile transceiver. The speech synthesizer converts the incoming, coded, digital data signals into electrical signals representative of speech.