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Friday, January 22, 2010

Google Voice Tools for Your iPhone

Google Voice Search for the iPhone is so crazy good that once you try it, you'll count on it daily. I've been using this ever since I got my iPhone. It can save you an incredible amount of time. Watch the magic here.
Goog 411 is another can't-live-without tool. It's a free directory assistance service you can use from any cell phone or landline. Besides being incredibly handy, Goog 411 will save you the hefty fee your phone company charges you for regular 411.

Now, Goog 411 doesn't work with residential numbers, but certainly does with any business, hotel, restaurant, drug or department store, or commercial enterprise. Here's how to use it.

Pop the number 1-800-4664-411 into your cell phone or landline speed dial. When you call, give the business name you want first, then city and province or state. You’ll get connected to your number without a 411 service charge.

When you've tried this a few times, try saying “text message” after the service has found the number you want, but before it connects you. Goog 411 will kick you back a detailed text message with the business name, phone and address including postal code.

I’ve used Goog 411 for about two years. It's great when you're travelling and need to connect with the hotel at your destination--or if you're simply wondering when the local London Drugs is closing.

There you go. Two voice-powered wonders from the good folks at Google.


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