Free-411 Rolls Out Dial Directions Nationally

Jingle Networks’ 800-Free-411 for now is the “free DA” market leader. But it has been joined by a broad range of competitors:

  • 1-800-GOOG411 (Google)
  • 1-800-Call-411 (MSFT, Tellme powered)
  • 1-800-Yellowpages (AT&T)
  • 1-800-2ChaCha (”mobile answers”)
  • 1-800-The-Info (Verizon)
  • 1-800-555-Tell (Tellme)
  • 1-800-555-5555 (potentially)

This also doesn’t include the voice-powered (or operator-assisted) mobile applications:

  • Yahoo’s oneSearch with Vlingo
  • MSFT Live Search with voice
  • The Tellme client (a new version launches today for the Blackberry)
  • V-Enable’s FreeMobile411

There’s also the mobile Internet itself, which competes with DA in some cases. In the future, mobile social networks may also address some of the queries that might have gone to DA (e.g., category searches). Right now the latter is quite speculative however.

Against that backdrop Jingle needs to continue to develop, market and differentiate its service if it hopes to stay ahead of this increasing competition. One way it has sought to do that is by offering Dial Directions service, which as of today is now available nationally: any location to any other location (by address or intersection).

The rest of this post is on Local Mobile Search.

4 Responses to “Free-411 Rolls Out Dial Directions Nationally”

  1. Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search » Local Links of Interest | Developing Knowledge about Local Search Says:

    […] Free-411 Rolls Out Dial Directions Nationally & Jingle Goes Nationwide with Dial Directions – Greg Sterling, Screenwerks/Local Mobile […]

  2. kevin2970 Says:

    I never thought getting free service will still be available these days. Until I’ve learned abouth 800-411 SAVE. Imagine getting the phone number you wanted in an instant thru a live operator for FREE. You just only have to listen to a 10 sec. advertisement. I’ve heard they have the highest accuracy rate of business, residential, and even government listing in the industry.And they offer it for no cost. Isn’t that amazing, right?!.

  3. Greg Sterling Says:

    Kevin2970: this kind of post is ineffective because it’s so clearly written by someone associated with the company. That should be disclosed and then the company and/or what it offers can be discussed in a direct way. Posing as a user or third party just looks silly here.

  4. Mark Says:

    Greg, these dudes from 411 Save has been spamming comment sections with this crud. Might be worth mentioning this as “what not to do” to whoever runs this business.

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