Google keeps getting more useful as the days go by. Today they released Google411.
Goog-411, which is a free telephone based information service that could replace toll 411 calls.has released a new product called
According to UrbanLegands Web Page – About 6 billion 411 calls are made in the U.S. each year, and it is a $7 billion/year market.
Basically you do is to place a call toand use an automated 411 system that can connect you to the business for free or even send the information to your cell phone as a text message. I have played around with this and this really is a cool service. It works pretty good. Does take a little getting used to a service that works this well.
Here is the info about the service from Google GOOG-411 Page:
Using this service, you can:
- search for a local business by name or category.
You can say “Giovanni’s Pizzeria” or just “pizza“.
- get connected to the business, free of charge.
- get the details by SMS if youâ€™re using a mobile phone.
Just say “text message“.
And it’s free. Google doesnâ€™t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.
Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. Weâ€™re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. Itâ€™s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.
Here is the Cheat Sheet for using this service from Google:
When you are asked for city and state, you can:
- say the city and state like “Pittsburgh Pennsylvania”.
- say the zip, e.g. “nine-oh-two-one-oh”.
- type the zip code using the key pad, e.g. “9-0-2-1-0”.
When you are asked for a business name or category, you can:
- say a business name, like “Frank’s pizzeria”.
- say a category name, like “hardware stores”.
- say “go back” to change city and state.
When browsing through results, you can:
- say the listing number (e.g. “number two”) or press the corresponding key (e.g. “2”) to choose a listing or navigate between results.
- say “text message” or press “9” to receive a text message, when you are calling from a mobile phone.
- say “details” to get more information about the current listing.
- say “start over” or press “*” to start from the main menu.
- say “go back” to change business or category.