Daniel Ho

Amor Fati

A Toronto-based management consultant who spends too much time thinking about coffee, riding around on two wheels, photography, books, and fried chicken!

Google 411 (Google Voice Local Search) is awesome!

logo_sm.gifThis service only works for looking up US businesses, but it works well. It would be my favourite Google app if it did Canadian businesses as well. -=-= Google Voice Local Search is Google?s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Using this service, you can:

* search for a local business by name or category. You can say "Giovanni's Pizzeria" or just "pizza".

* get connected to the business, free of charge.

* get the details by SMS if you?re using a mobile phone. Just say "text message".

And it's free. Google doesn?t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We?re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It?s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.