Tellme Mobile Gives You the 411

by Bruce Stewart

Tellme's voice response systems power some of the largest information systems out there, like Cingular and Verizon's 411 services. Now, if you have a Java-enabled cell phone, you can download a beta version of Tellme Mobile and have an enhanced 411 service running directly on your phone. For free.

There's a semi-public beta going on now for Tellme Mobile, sign up here if you have a qualified phone. Michael Arrington from TechCrunch raves about the service this morning:

If you have a cell phone that supports the new TellMe mobile application, you will never use 411 again to find a business. It launches today at 5 AM PST.

TellMe mobile is a free Java application that you install on your phone. You can then find normal 411 information via a voice activated menu. Just hold the talk button and say the city and state you are searching in. Then say the business name. Phone and address information comes up on the screen. You can then call the business, see a map and/or get driving directions, and send the information to a friend via SMS. I’ve been testing Tell Me for the last two weeks on a Samsung SPH-A900 with Sprint, and I’m hooked. The best part is that the service is completely free.

I couldn't test the service with my Blackberry, but I look forward to being able to use this. Tellme has always seemed like a very smart company, and this new service looks like a winner.