Oh, I love Google.  Yes, I do.  One of their latest Very Cool Things is called Google Voice Local Search.  It’s basically a free directory information service.  To use it call 1-800-Goog-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.  Here’s what Google’s web site says, in its entirety:

“Google Voice Local Search is Google’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 just tried it.  First I said “Flying Pie Pizza” for my favorite pizza place (soy cheese pizza in addition to regular cheesy).  It gave me both Portland locations.  Then I said “pedicure” and it gave me 8 results.  I have no idea how accurate they are because I’m not really in the market for a pedicure right now, but I did enjoy the interesting computer pronunciations.

Anyway, you should give it a shot.  I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  I love Google!