This was one of my favorite tools I used in my car, for presentations, and for local search. I loved that fact that I was hands free on my phone, in my car and could call ahead to a place I was going if the number wasn't already in my contacts. I usually understand many of the issues on technology changes. In this case I would agree with NYTimes writer David Pogue in feeling like Google should keep this service going. I think its an incentive for people to use Google Places. Did you ever use it? Have you tried the Bing411 alternative?
On Nov. 12,
It was one of the best, juiciest, most useful services in all phonedom. It didn’t cost anything. It didn’t require a smartphone. Its accuracy was uncanny.
In case you missed it, GOOG-411 is a free, voice-activated directory-assistance service. You say the business name or category you want—“Freestyle Gym,” “taxi,” “Sakura restaurant,” “hospital,” whatever — and the city and state. In one second, the guy’s voice starts reading a list of the best eight results.Read more at pogue.blogs.nytimes.com