Say goodbye to GOOG-411, say hello to free alternatives

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As announced in October, Google shuttered its GOOG-411 service today. The free, voice-driven, directory assistance service emerged from Google Labs back in April 2007. Customers on a mobile phone could call 1-800-GOOG-411 and use their voice to easily find addresses, phone numbers, and more courtesy of Google.

Over the years, Google used this voice-based directory assistance service to refine its current voice search technology which is now present on its Android handsets. Google has integrated a nice voice-to-text feature that supplements the keyboard on its Android handset. It also recently introduced a Voice Search and actions application that lets you search and perform other voice-controlled actions on your Android phone.

With the loss of GOOG-411, several alternatives are already in place to fill that void. One of the oldest 411 services is FREE411 which has been around for five years. FREE411 works like Google’s 411 service and lets customers call into their directory assistance service via toll-free number (1-800-FREE411). The service is quite popular; it serves up over 1oo million requests each month and is the power behind Sprint’s Boost Mobile and WalMart’s StraightTalk directory assistance services. Of course, there is also Bing-411, Microsoft’s Tellme-based competitor to GOOG-411, that still rocks on.

[Via Google]

  • Chuck Norris

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    I cant believe that this is happening the world is going too end

  • Chuck Norris

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    I cant believe that this is happening the world is going too end

  • Chuck Norris

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    I cant believe that this is happening the world is going too end

  • Rich Gaffney II

    I have free 411 but I’m quite unhappy with goog 411 shutting down. It was a very nice service that would do many things.

  • Michael Harvey

    I recently heard of Justdial, a 24×7 operator-assisted toll-free concierge service. I dialed 1800-500-0000 to try the service, and was amazed when a human voice answered my query within 60 seconds. Justdial really delivered what they promised.

  • Kyescorts

    Well I have just been recieving voicemails about google 411. If it is shutting down then why am I recieving these calls? WHAT UP!

  • Kyescorts

    Well I have just been recieving voicemails about google 411. If it is shutting down then why am I recieving these calls? WHAT UP!

  • dasu parampara

    att is the leader in excellence and the 411 feature is with a qualified human to assist as is the 0 for operator. theft of original funcitonin ideas and service to use for research to cut off and then reroute for more research as the simplicity of telephone becomes nonexistent and the unbelievable of constantly replacing telephones which only serves to pollute and steal the activities knowledge for more of the same ie no service. no accountability and yet another sellout in the ever sickening truth of our american government employees are unqualified disrespectful dishonorable liars thieves criminally treasonous as they spend everyday playing computer games with the consequence the destruction of life morality and good people everywhere…

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