If you don’t already have a free mobile option for directory search you may enjoy a new service from Free411 called FreeMobile411.com. This new WAP enabled technology is optimized for mobile browsers and lets you search business name, business type, & person’s name. Once you’ve located the desired result, users will see the corresponding address, phone number, map, directions and nearby places as available. You will see a few ads, but they do not seem to get in the way too much.
When your call is answered, the service asks your city and state (only US business listings), after which you are asked, “What business name or category?” I searched a specific business name in my city. After being provided with the address and phone number, I could choose to be connected directly, or get the details by SMS if using a mobile phone by saying “text message”.
I called the service a 2nd time to search by category and asked for “restaurants”. This time I was provided with a list of top restaurants in my city (#1: Excellent Restaurant, #2: Great Restaurant, #3: Really Good Restaurant, and so on). At any time, I could choose to go back to a specific restaurant by selecting its number. And all their choices for my city were surprisingly right on!
Google says they are “fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests”. Even still, it’s worth a try! 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411)
If your business information is not available, click here. You can add and update your business info. You can even add a coupon. (i.e. Great place for marketing ideas like Free Home Valuation, Home By Email feature etc.)
Is this call free? Yes, Google picks up the cost of this call. However if you are on a cell phone your standard phone airtime rates apply.
Go Google…this is a great offering and will be sure to take off! Thanks for innovation GOOGLE!