Diary of a Demented Store Owner

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Google Keeps Information Free- Sorta Like Mikey

If you're reading this then you understand the value added programs we appreciate from Google (ever downloaded and played with Google Earth, or newly added Google Moon and Google Mars?). Well add another one- Google's free 411 service is now available in Toronto

Who enjoys paying $0.75 per call just to get a phone number while on the road- moreso when 75 cents gets you three flux brushes at FIG. It can get frustrating when you want to call us to see if your glass is in and can't remember the number.

Well, Google are at it again- doing what they do best- namely giving free access to information. Just call 1-800-GOOG-411 (4664-411) and get access to every number Google has indexed on the Web, and instantly be connected (for free) to that number. This includes any number from Toronto to across Canada and the US. It sounds too good to be true, but Google has pulled it off in such a seamless, slick way that really makes you wonder how they can do this stuff for free.

Test it-
1. Call 1-800-GOOG-411
2. Say Toronto
3. Say 'Fantasy In Glass'
4. The friendly Google-tronic voice gives you our name and address and connects you.
Google even stores information about previous searches you make from your number to customize future calls.

The amazing thing is that because it connects you to the number you choose, you pay nothing to make the call (even if the number's in Winnipeg or Wawa).

You're welcome.

1 comment:

FusedLight said...

It works like a champ...and I'm glad to see that it's been extended to the Great White North. I can imagine the hassles the Google(tm) team had to go through to make sure that it could translate my Minnesotan "So, then, you have a phone number for the color paint shop?" into "So, you got a phone for the coloUr pain shop, eh?"


PS. Seriously... the thing works like a champ and the voice recognition more-or-less works sort-of most-of the time. Lots of luck, though, trying to get the phone number of the Pho Viet Bun Bo Noodle Shop.