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Saturday, November 17, 2007
By Yokota Fritz

Two months ago I saw a billboard in San Jose, California advertising Google's new GOOG 411 service. I called the number on the billboard -- 1-800-GOOG-411 -- and discovered it's a free phone information service for businesses. There have been several times when I'm cycling way beyond my familiar territory and I've had a mechanical problem of some kind that required bike shop help. With GOOG-411, I can say my city and category -- bike shops, for example -- and Google will look up nearby bike shops and connect my call.

That's 1-800-466-4411. It's a speed dial number on my cell phone now.

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I use GOOG-411 all the time. You can say "Text Message" at some point during the one of the menus to get the number, address, and directions (for internet enabled phones - via GoogleMaps obviously) sent directly to you.

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