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Thursday, June 5, 2008

800-GOOG-411 - State Of the Art - Cell Services Keep It Easy, and Free - NYTimes.com

800-GOOG-411. Cellphone carriers have plenty to be ashamed of. Case in point: when you dial 411 to look up a phone number, you’ll be billed $1.50 or $2.

If it’s a business or store you’re looking up, for heaven’s sake, dial 800-GOOG-411 instead. It’s a voice-activated, national phone directory run by Google. It’s fast and efficient, and there are no ads or charges.

A typical transcript goes like this. “GOOG411. What city and state?”

You: “New York, New York.”

Google: “New York, New York. What business name or category?”

You: “Empire State Building.”

Google: “Empire State Building! Searching. Top listing: Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue. I’ll connect you.”

And your call is connected, just as though you’d dialed yourself. Or you can interrupt by saying “details” (meaning, “read me the phone number and address”) or “text message” (meaning, “send that info to my cellphone, so I’ll have it in writing”).

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1 comments:

erich13 said...

check out a free Google information service...

800 GOOG 411 (1-800-466-4411)

www.google.com/goog411

They ask for City and State. And then they ask for business name or category.

In this case, I said "Sacramento, California", then send "KQJK" and it found it. I could then ask for "details" and get the address and phone number and they can even dial that number to connect you if you want.new Google Group: groups.google.com/group/microblogging