Who is the voice behind 1-800-GOOG-411?

Posted By on February 7, 2008

Google Goog411Google, the Internet search engine giant, has a free 411 business directory service that is available from any phone by calling 1-800-GOOG-411.

As a test I recorded a quick ‘lookup’ while driving to Akron, Ohio and will include the audio clip I recorded on my Palm Treo. (or listen to the clip in the right sidebar) The GOOG411 computer answers the call using voice recognition technology which makes hands-free business, address and phone number lookup a cinch … although the accuracy still need a little bit of work.
Text Message from GOOG411Besides reading back the phone number and address, there are a couple other options: 1) the information can be text messaged back to your phone — sample at right, or 2) the call can be completed with a free service from Bandwidth.com. (Hint: Its possible to save a long distance charge when using a home or pay phone and connecting through 1-800-466-4411.)
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Comments

  • Tim

    I had to find a number Friday and remembered your post, fortunately I remembered the number too.
    I was really impressed with the voice recognition and the automatic connect, within 30 seconds I was talking to the store I needed. Thanks Rich and Google!

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