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4 Tricks for Your Phone

May 27th, 2008
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GetHuman
Tired of pressing options (4, 7, 2, 2) to get a LIVE person on the phone when dialing a large company? www.gethuman.com is a list of user tested numbers and/or options that fast track you to a human. Extremely helpful when you’re frustrated. 😉 (You can always just try pressing zero a few hundred times, or screaming, either sometimes will take you right to someone (or hang up on you).)

Free 411
Stop calling 411 for $1 (or more) a call.  Try 1-800-FREE-411.  This free service, by Google, finds your listing and even offers to send a TXT message with the number.  Here’s a demo: http://www.google.com/goog411/index.html

Google’s TXT Services
Send a text message to GOOGL (46645) like, “Chinese restaurants, Times Square” or “Weather 29649” or “Define plethora” or “directions from 29649 to Atlanta, GA”  and you’ll get a text message right back.

Jott
Don’t forget about Jott.com.  I emailed once already about this (http://www.digitaloffice.com/tips/?p=9) and it really is a hidden jewel.  Dial Jott and it will send your transcribed chat to yourself or others. Easy for reminders!

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I’m a strong user of Google’s vast array of online tools. Including, Google Maps.

If you’re not using Google Maps, check out the following great introduction video tutorial. Learn how to find businesses and check reviews, get driving directions and select your route, learn about satellite images, and more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az962pd4IOw

Street View is a really neat feature that allows you to actually SEE the streets in a growing number of major cities (eg. NYC).  Check out this video as well. It’s also a good way to get a second example of how to use Google Maps:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgJSXrkwshg

Get started now: http://maps.google.com

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