Get Free Local Business 411 Directory Assistance
It looks like it will be a battle between Google, who recently launched 1-800-GOOG-411 vs. Microsoft, who is acquiring TellMe Networks, operator of 1-800-555-TELL. Both now offer free 411 for local businesses in your area. And both are ways to avoid the $1.25 or $1.50 directory assistance charge from cell phone providers slapped onto your bill each time.
I personally like Tell Me’s various services, including the ability to connect to any airline free of charge without ever having to memorize or write down the telephone number.
Just dial 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355) and you can get weather, sports scores, headlines and now local directory assistance for businesses including restaurants, banks, clothing stores, dry cleaners, electronics stores, etc.
They’re working on a beta for 411 services where you speak the name or type of business and it will give you the results + map on your cell phone. This is just a hint of what’s to come since voice recognition is finally practical to utilize for more and more services.