May 5 2008 0 Comments

Google 411

I came across something pretty cool a while back and have been using it for a while now. It’s Google 411.

Did you know Google has a free 411 service?

Just call 1-800-GOOG-411 (that’s 1-800-466-4411).

An automated prompt will ask you for the city and state. Then they’ll ask you for the business name or category. It’ll search and give you the top results, just like Google.com. Just say the number of the listing you want and it’ll connect you. It’s free and there are currently no ads.

For instance, let’s say you’re in town running errands and you decide you’d like to pick up a pizza to take take home because Pappa John’s doesn’t deliver to your house. Just call “Goog” 411, say your city and state, then “Pappa John’s” and it’ll give you top results, with addresses. For instance, it may say “#1: Pappa John’s Pizza 123 West Main St.” You just say “number 1” and it’ll connect you.

This has come in really handy a lot of times. Here are some situations where I’ve used it:

  • On my way to an appointment (like dentist, doctor, etc.) and run into traffic problems and don’t have the phone number to call to say I’m going to be late
  • On my way to a business I haven’t been to before and I can’t find it (and don’t have their number with me) – get in touch with them through Google 411 and ask for detailed directions
  • Out driving and get the idea to go by some business but don’t know if they’re still open – call them through Google 411 and find out their hours so I don’t waste a trip over there
  • At home and want to look up a number – Google 411 is often quicker than trying to find it in the Yellow Pages

I put the phone number for Google 411 in my cell phone so when I’m out and about, or even at home, I can call it easily and get the information I need quickly.

I’ve used other 411 services and some charge and others have ads you have to listen to. Google’s 411 service, at least at the moment, is free and doesn’t have ads, so it’s quick and easy to use.

The number again is: 1-800-GOOG-411 (that’s 1-800-466-4411).

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