Google 411 - FREE

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  1. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    It was hard to search the forums for this, google and 411 are big keywords, so if this is posted already, delete me.

    http://www.google.com/goog411/

    Google now has a free 411 information service.

    NEAT!
     
  2. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    It might be useful to mention this is a US service.:)
     
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Thanks, Peterkro, for drawing our attention to this deficit. Oh well, Europe and the rest of the world seem not to exist, again. It was a nice idea, though.

    Cheers
     
  4. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Pretty cool. I was already a big fan of Google's SMS service; I'll have to try this out and see how well the transcription works.
     
  5. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Bugger :(
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

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    That's brilliant! I hope they roll it out our way soon. (and I imagine they will, I have faith in the google world domination plans... ooops, sorry, wrong meeting)
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds excellent. Lucky Yanks.

    All the pay for 118*** services here would be pissed if Google did this for free.
     
  8. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to try it sometime.

    I had previously been using 1-800-FREE-411

    You have to listen to a short ad and it can also send you a phone number thru text.
     
  9. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Works in Canada too! Woohoo!

    Edit, after playing with it for a minute and reading the GOOG-411 FAQ:

    I'm not sure how comfortable I am with the privacy (or lack of it) associated with this service. Google seems up to its old tricks again.

    Notice when you call, they pick up the phone with "(calls recorded)GOOG-411! What city..."

    Then you go to the "Privacy" section of the FAQ and it more or less tells you that Google is storing information about your calls and searches, and they are associating them with your phone number. Notice that anonymous calls from pay phones aren't accepted.

    Hmm.
     
  10. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    I've been using this for a while. It is pretty good and is a simple system to use. Useful features - you can enter the ZIP if you need to zero in on a location or you can just give the city; if there is only one result, it is clear about that - if more than one, it gives nice brief summaries. Even with businesses that don't have easily spoken or traditional names, I have been successful. It does have a bit of a lag at times, which has led to beng connected rather than get the details that I'm looking for (if I don't know an address, I'll use it to find the general location and then get the street address off of details).

    I'd give the service an 8/10, based on the few issues, but overall great success that I've enjoyed.

    I haven't tried the other services, so I don't know what they offer.
     
  11. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    This has been around for a long time.... had it for over a year.
     
  12. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    You can also text ChaCha.com* at 242-242 for any kind of info like that plus more. Unfortunately, it's also only in the U.S. Right now, but actual people search and answer the questions, so you can ask more complex questions than of Google. It's a pretty cool service, and I've switched almost 100% from Google. The other day I asked about the current tennis ranking of a tennis player I haven't seen around for a while, the area code of Austin, TX, and about the origin of a politician's nickname.

    *I work for ChaCha, but the recommendation is sincere, and it's free for users.
     
  13. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. This is very old news.
     
  14. iShater macrumors 604

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    Interesting. I have been using 1-800-free-411 for years. Not sure I will switch, don't trust google. :eek:
     
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Not to me! ;)
     
  16. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Definitely old news. My landline phone has a Google 411 button on it.
     

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  17. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Well, some of us didn't know about this service, so thanks for posting anyway :)
     
  18. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    LOL ;)
     
  19. Sdashiki thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeaaa, exactly. In case you didnt notice, I said it wasnt posted on MR as far as I searched.
     

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