GOOGLE 411 is NO MORE!

If you never used Google’s FREE 411 service you really do not know what you missed. You missed a lot.

It must be said, traveling with my GPS Garmin Nuvi on the dashboard is a huge advantage while navigating the roads and highways of North America. The Garmin can find me Walmarts or gas stations when needed, and many more places of interest etc.

However, the Garmin DOES NOT give me any information about the place I want to go and visit. For instance, while driving up HWY 400 on a recent canoe trip, we needed to find out if the Canadian Tire store in Parry Sound  had a gas bar. Thus, Google 411 free service.

Dialing up Google 411 not only got me the phone number of the store but connected me directly to a human who informed they did have a gas bar, and that there were two stores so I told to take the first exit not the second one that shows with any GPS.

Bingo…We had success, thanks to Google 411 free information service from my cell phone.

As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now for the rest of the story.” Plain and simple, Google is opting out of the 411 program. For the complete details check this site out:

Google Shuttering GOOG-411

Directory Service Nov. 12

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Google411 for Travelers and More

Google411 – The Perfect Phone Feature

by Gregory West
prospector16@gmail.com

Probably by now most people have used or heard of the free directory assistance that is available on the Internet: canada411.ca. That service works for both individual and business phone numbers and addresses.

Google has taken this technology much, much further. Enter: Google411.
Google offers a free phone directory and calling service that finds businesses and their phone numbers. Google will also connect you to the business immediately, or you can simply listen to the list of businesses and then make your choice.

The service is quite easy to use. You simply dial up 1-800-GOOG-411 (I have GOOG411 on my cell phone’s speed dial) and state your city and province. Then you say what it is you are looking for.

I tested it out by saying: “pizza”. A google voice began voicing the area pizza restaurants. If I had been hungry I could have easily been connected to the pizza business of my choice. This proves to be an excellent travel tool as you may want to book ahead a hotel room, reserve a seat in a restaurant and maybe check if a certain store is still open. At the present time Google only offers this service for business and non-profit listings, but not for residential information.

I love canada411.ca on my laptop for looking up names, addresses, and phone numbers, but when I nowhere near a WiFi hotspot, my cell phone gets me the information, connection and listings fast and extremely efficient.
For more information, head on over to this website: www.google.ca/goog411 and watch a Google voice engineer demonstrate this highly excellent and free service.

Note: “ Google doesn’t charge you to access Google products from a mobile phone…Check with your provider for more information about fees associated with accessing the Internet from your mobile phone” (google.ca).

Gregory West is a Mac Computer Instructor for Lambton College.  He also holds free “Basic PC Computer and Internet Training” seminars at Central United Church: 
http://central-united-church.org – (Click on “Groups).
Gregory can be reached at prospector16@gmail.com
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