I did a quick search, didnt see this anywhere in the forums. I originally got an email telling me about a free google 411 service. I was skeptical. However, i graduated with a few people who work for google. I talked to one of them who told me it was "one of their most under promoted services" I have tried it a few times works great, allows you to connect by phone, it can send a map to your phone, or just a simple text with the info. Its totally automated.
THERE ARE NO ADS( LIKE FREE 411)
Anyway. I use it hand in hand with my GPS.
Check it out and enjoy
I been using it for 2 month. Read in Computer magazine.
If you know where you are is by sending a SMS (text) message to google 466453 with what you're looking for. Read more.... http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/default/sms/index.ht...
I use to use free411 till I found this, but the no ad thing may not last forever.
What has amazed me about the GOOG-411 is its speech recognition. While it performs a service for connections to businesses it is also testing the ability to understand voice commands. For more details see:
Thanks a lot, always looking for way to drop the dime on a phone company, Oh wait that might be a buck now a days.
look forward to trying it!
Will try it out...
It seems to work well. I like the NO ADS feature over the Free 411.
If you know where you are is by sending a SMS (text) message to google 466453 with what you're looking for. Read more.... http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/default/sms/index.html
By the way, when you text Google, you don't need the last 3 (E) in the address. They, Google, now just tells you to text to "Google" to make it easier for people to remember, but really you only need to text to "GOOGL" (46645).
Just a useless FYI for ya,
While it performs a service for connections to businesses it is also testing the ability to understand voice commands. For more details see:
Do you happen to know if Google's free 411 service is ONLY for getting business numbers (much like the sending POIs directly to Garmin GPSs)?
I will have to try it later, but I was wondering if private/residential numbers are not included.
Just tried it, it actually says when you call it, what business name or category. so no residential use
Just some advice when using Google411 or other services. You should block your phone number so the provider cannot see it. Usually dial *67 and then the number. But check with your carrier.
The reason I recommend blocking your number is that these providers DO keep track of your number and what you search. Google411 even admits so on their website.
Won't work because you can not block your number from Toll Free (e.g. 800, 888, etc.) numbers. They pay for the call so they get to see your phone number if you like it or not.
I gotta try this out. I used to use the 1800 free 411, but the ads were driving me crazy. I then started texting google but sometimes had trouble with it if I didnt know the exact location. Great tip...thanx
I have had some problems with it. The Speech Recognition from cell phones can be a problem, requiring 2 or 3 attempts before it recognizes what you are saying.
It will send you an SMS of the information so you don't have to right it down and it will connect you, all for "free" (your minutes and text).
They track who is calling and what information is asked for but what makes you think that isn't being done when you call 411 or any other information service!
I have not had an issue with the speech recognition. But i have usually called from places i have a strong signal.
As far as minutes and text fees go. I am lucky to have a work phone with 8kagillion minutes and free txts so its never been an issue for me there. However on my personal phone i would have to pay for the txts. Even with free txts thats a service i dont often use (having them send me the info)
Thanks for the tip, I will have to give it a try...
Like a fish biting the baited hook, I will try it a couple of times. Just a nibble. Overall, Google is one of my most favorite things online. Great ideas, great services.
Just a reminder to everyone to go into your internet options and block cookies from google.com.
I read that they data mine our computers, including any Credit Card #s, Social Security number, anything they can find.
Hopefully blocking google cookies will stop this? Can't remember if there was something else I did as well, per the article.
They cannot data mine your computer with a cookie. I would like to see a least one confirmed story of someone losing their identity or credit card data from a Google cookie. Otherwise these kind of warnings need to be filed under "Urban Legends".
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