Google is now offering FREE 411 Services

May 23, 2007

Google is now offering “Goog 411” – an experimental, beta local voice search. So, instead of dialing 411 on your cell when you’re looking to be connected to a business (and paying way too much money), just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 and be connected for FREE. Also, you don’t even have to know the name of the business. Here is all the info, courtesy of the Google Voice Local Search site:

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

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 you’re using a mobile phone.
    Just say “text message”.

And it’s free. Google doesn’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. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.

I tried this and got connected right away to the company I used to work for in Arizona. It’s pretty neat. Check it out. Hey, it beats paying money! Google does it again!


One comment

  1. Worth mentioning that 1-800-Free411 has been offering this for quite a while now, and unlike the Google number, we offer residential and gov’t listings in addition to business listings. Plus we have live operator support and the Google # doesn’t. Lastly, we recently added category search so you don’t have to know the name of a particular listing.

    Thanks and best wishes,

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