Did you know about Google Voice Local Search?
Google Voice Local Search is Googleâ€™s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.
To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.
Using this service, you can:
- search for a local business by name or category.
You can say "Giovanni's Pizzeria" or just "pizza".
- get connected to the business, free of charge.
- get the details by SMS if you're using a mobile phone.
Just say "text message".
And it's free. Google doesn't charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.
Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We're fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It's currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.
I should program this on my cell phone because Verizon charges, I think, $1.99 per information call!
There is also Google Notebook which can be used while you're surfing to gather information.