Your cell phone could be doing a lot more for you, says David Pogue, technology expert for The New York Times.
Here’s Pogue’s rundown of the “most exciting” services awaiting your cell phone … and they’re all free:
1. Nab a number for nothing. Avoid the extra $2 charge every time you dial 411 by using 800-FREE-411 (800-373-3411) instead. Listen to a 20-second ad, then hear your listing.
Alternative: Text-message your request to 46645 (that’s “Google” without the “e”). Example: “Eileen Flannery 27701.” In seconds, Google replies with Eileen’s address and phone number.
2. Find answers on the fly. Use Google’s 46645 text-messaging service to find out other things, as well. Handy for times when you’re in a meeting or off-site and need info at your fingertips.
Examples: “weather las vegas” for a weather report, “define paradigm” for a word’s meaning, “miami fl to 20002” for driving directions, “25 usd in euros” for a currency conversion.
Although the text message itself may cost a few cents, the info service is free.
3. Dial overseas for free. Dial to any one of 50 countries for the cost of a call to Iowa through a service called FuturePhone. Call (712)858-8883, press “1” for English, then punch in 011, the country code and phone number.
Note: In some countries, you can reach landlines but not cell phones.
4. ‘Ping’ to save time. Pinger lets you send a quick voice message to anyone with an e-mail address, when you have only a few seconds to spare. (Perfect for when you don’t want to become snared in a long conversation or interrupt the other person with a phone call.)
Recipients can see that you’ve pinged, listen to your message, then reply with their own voice message. It’s efficient, like e-mail, but allows your voice tone to come across.
Sign up at pinger.com.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/25589/tap-into-these-free-cell-phone-services "