Google This: Free 411 Calls with 800-GOOG-411

You don’t need a computer, internet connection or even a keypad on your phone to get Google search results anywhere, anytime. Google offers two ways to access their search results with a simple telephone.

Google sends weather reports to your cell phone

Google sends weather reports to your cell phone

1-800-GOOG-411 is a voice activated system offering directory assistance Google Search results from any phone (mobile or land line, it doesn’t matter) for free. Which means you can now stop paying $1.50 to the phone company every time you need a phone number.

Dial 800-GOOG-411 and give the location and name of the business you are looking for. If there is a direct match, the service will connect you with your match. If you don’t know the name of the business, the service will provide a list of options in your area. And if you are calling from a mobile device, 1-800-GOOG-411 will send you a text message with more details and a map.

You can also send a text message to GOOGL (46645) to get search results. I have found this very handy for current stock quotes, flight status, sports scores, movie times and for directory assistance. It’s also great for weather forecasts – just type in the letter “W” and the zip code or city name to get current conditions and a three day forecast. For a full list of search options, visit the Google SMS page.

You may find this service addictive, as I have. So here are a few insider tips on how to get the most out of it:

  • To receive an SMS – say “text message” or press 9
  • To navigate between results – say or press the listing number
  • To receive a map – say “map it”
  • To enter a zip code – say it or enter it with the keypad
  • To receive more details – say “Details”
  • To start over – say “start over” or press the * key
  • To go back – say “go back”

I hate paying for 411 calls – keep a few bucks in your pocket and get better results with 800-GOOG-411, and Google SMS.

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4 Responses to “Google This: Free 411 Calls with 800-GOOG-411”

  1. Eric Lee on November 28th, 2008:

    I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

  2. admin on November 28th, 2008:

    There is another free 411 service that has advantages over GOOG411. Call 1-800-FREE411 and get free business, government, and residential listings. It is super easy and I like it better than goog411.

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