Goodbye Google 411!

by Mike on October 13, 2010

Over the summer, I wrote about a money hack that would save money when you find yourself tempted to dial information. Free 411 (a service I never used), and Google 411, a service that I used so often it was on speed dial.

Well on Oct 8th…Google announced they will be shutting down the 411 service (effective Nov 12th) to focus their attention on more voice recognition initiatives. Sigh….

Maybe this is a good thing…but I’ve gotten used to Goog411 and certainly have no plans of using a paid information service EVER again! Google has a free search app for smart phones which may do the trick, but if not, I’ll be forced to look for an alternative.

What about you? Do you use Google411? Have an alternate suggestion?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cheap ray bans May 13, 2012 at 5:09 am

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2 Michael Harvey November 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Google’s idea of toll free service was innovative and it is sad to see it go down. Recently I came across a toll service by Justdial and the difference between the 2 services is vast. Justdial (1800-500-0000) boasts of human assisted service, one ring pick up and answers your queries within 60 seconds which 1800GOOG411 did not offer. This service is simply mindblowing.

3 Bonny August 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

Excellent Service 18005000000!!!! Use once and use again its FREE

4 bobd October 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Try bing411

5 PF Journey October 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’ll do that! Though I just got the new Sprint Evo and it has an awesome voice search app!

Press 1 button
“Call Quiznos in Fairview Heights, IL”
Wait a couple seconds….

Pretty spiffy 🙂

6 sandy @yesiamcheap October 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

GOOG411 is also on my speed dial. I use that bad boy all the time. I can’t tell you how many times it’s gotten my the phone number AND address of some places that I needed to find. All the other 411 services just gives you phone.
.-= sandy @yesiamcheap´s last blog ..Time To Be The Hardnosed Landlord =-.

7 Lakita | Personal Finance Journey October 13, 2010 at 7:15 am

Thanks Denice, I’ll do that!

8 Denice Roach-Shields October 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

try free 411

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