A voice recognition system having an enhanced button that allows a driver to reduce his risk of being involved in an accident while operating a vehicle and using a mobile telephone. The present invention is a mobile telephone having a voice recognition system which receives and acts on voice commands. Once the voice recognition system is activated, the mobile telephone can be operated in a hands free mode. The voice recognition system is used to automatically perform the same functions as a keypad. Since a driver can use just the voice recognition system, a keypad is no longer necessary. A mobile telephone equipped with a voice recognition system of the present invention requires only two buttons, a power button and a voice recognition button. To provide further safety, the voice recognition button is implemented to distinguish the voice recognition button from the other buttons to provide easier activation of the voice recognition system. The present invention can also be applied to other types of telephones and can be especially useful to a vision impaired person.