Google has a free 411 service

I’d attempt to put an online journalism spin on this, but well … whatever. This is just an awesome service.

Google has a free and well-done 411 service that lets you browse their listings via voice. For iPhone-less and Blackberry-less peons such as yours truly, this is truly rockin. Just dial up 1-800-GOOG-411. With absolutely no problem, I just found my favorite Mexican restaurant (I intentionally gave an imprecise city) and a local vegan cafe that have given me trouble on regular 411 and 1-800-Free411.

So cool.

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Now back to your irregularly scheduled Journalistopia…

By Danny Sanchez on January 31, 2008 · Posted in random stuff

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Erin says:

I’ve been using Goog 411 for months, and I have not had one problem. And, for a mildly entertaining treat, The greeting is on a rotation, so you rotate between a man, a woman, and a child. One piece of advice, though– it tends to interpret a cough as “go back”, which can be VERY annoying when you have a cold.

Posted on February 2nd, 2008

Laury says:

I’m a frequent paid 411 user and always get connected to my
requested listings by professional operators. I’m curious to know what carrier you use and what listings you requested as I find it hard to believe the free automated Goog411 service is superior.

Posted on February 4th, 2008

Danny Sanchez says:

I never said it was “superior” in quality to professional operators. However, 411 is decidedly expensive to use. Why pay nearly a dollar to 411 to get an easy-to-find number when you can just try a free service first?

Posted on February 4th, 2008

Laury says:

I’d like to do a little research on paid vs. free. Can you share your carrier (unless you called from a landline) and listings requested?

Posted on February 4th, 2008