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Goog411 - free 411 service from your phone, with connection, mapping, and more

Note: This blog post is from 2008. Some content, links and indeed comments from others may be outdated--though not necessarily. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. I may revise the content if necessary.
Tired of paying 411 fees? Next time you're on the road (home or away) and need to find something, use 800 goog-411. That's the number for free (and hands-free) local information.

All you need to do is say where you are, what business or category you want, and hear the closest options (with address). If that's all you need, you can hangup, or you can choose one to be connected to the business, and you can even have a map or text message sent to your phone, again all for free.

Here's a nifty (and fun) couple-minute video about it:

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

Ok, maybe you can get info like this from your in-car GPS system, or via google maps on your phone, but at least this is mostly hands free. Add it to your phonebook, and it's just a pushbutton (or voice command) away.

BTW, if you've not noticed, the same feature is offered in google maps itself. While on a map, you can enter a business name or category and it will show where on that map (or an expanded one) you can find what you're looking for.

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Brett from Dial Directions, here with another both free and hands-free service to try out along the lines of the 411 service mentioned above for when you need directions:

1-DIR-ECT-IONS (1-347-328-4667).

Just call 1-DIR-ECT-IONS from any cell phone, speak your start and destination address or intersection, and receive by text message turn-by-turn driving directions. Super easy, and it's free. Only your carrier charges for talk and SMS may apply.
# Posted By Brett | 7/21/08 5:43 PM
And, to bounce off of what Brett just said, you can access Dial Directions via 1-800-FREE411. So you can get a business, gov't, or residential listing from our number (the Google number just has business listings) and then get turn-by-turn directions to that listing texted straight to your phone immediately following the call. Very cool.

Jay from 1-800-FREE411
# Posted By Jay | 7/28/08 2:46 PM
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