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GOOG-411 is in Canada

Posted on: June 21, 2008

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goog-411-billboardGoogle’s popular free 411 service GOOG-411 (1-800-4664-411) is now available in Canada. The toll-free directory service that uses Google results to give people phone numbers and addresses of local businesses launched in the States back in April of last year. Since then it’s added an SMS maps service that will send you a link to the WAP-friendly map.

According to Official Google Mobile Blog

Although English is spoken in both the US and Canada, there are enough differences between the way it’s spoken in the two countries that we engineered GOOG-411 especially for Canadian English. We incorporated some Canadianisms such as "eh," "Traw-na," "Cal-gry," and, of course, "aboot." We also took into account geographical differences. Whereas users in the US are prompted for "city and state," Canadians are asked for your "city and province."

Some of the features are –

  • Search for businesses by name or category. Can’t stand typing? GOOG-411 will understand your voice and find the business you’re looking for. Search by name ("Giovanni’s pizza") or category ("Pizza").
  • Connect to the business directly, free of charge. No need to write down a note or memorize long phone numbers. GOOG-411 connects you, free of charge.
  • Get more details by SMS — Simply say "text message" and GOOG-411 will send you a text message with more information and a link to a map of the business you’ve selected, free.

The service currently supports English queries, it’ll be disponible en Français dans un proche avenir.

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3 Responses to "GOOG-411 is in Canada"

[…] GOOG-411 is in Canada goog-411-billboard Google’s popular free 411 service GOOG-411 (1-800-4664-411) is now available in Canada. The toll-free directory service that uses Google results to give people phone numbers and addresses of local businesses launched … […]

There’s another great provider of directory assistance! If you are in canada and in need of a phone number in Canada or in the US, ASK411 is the best provider. You can get a phone number thru SMS. Just type in the request along with the city and state/province and send it to 275411. This service is free until the 31st. Rates will only go up to 50 cents per text after the free period!

This is information people dont mind receiving. But for people with hearing problems like me, there’s another option. I use ASK411(275411) to get my listings. I just send them an SMS containing my city, province and the listing and i get the number that i need right away. The service is free until the end of january.

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