I just came across this on another blog, tried it, and it really blew me away.
It’s totally free!!!
Other directory assistance services, especially from your cellphone can be $1.00 or more each time you use them.
It’s Google’s automated 411 service. Just say the city and state, then a business name or category. For instance, “New York, New York” and “Taxi” or “Joe’s Taxi Service”. I was amazed how well their speech recognition and voice navigation works. I tried about a half dozen requests during a single phone call. The only one I had to repeat a second time was “Mountain View, California” and “Google”. It didn’t understand “Google” on the first attempt. You can’t make this stuff up.
It will dictate the phone number, and can also send the information you requested to your cellphone as a text message. It will even connect you to the number for free!!! How cool is that?
The only similar, but more limited service I know of is (800) FREE-411.
I guess Google is going to do for your cellphone what they’ve already done for your Web browser.