Bing 411 to be discontinued on June 1st

By LiveSide | Posted May 4, 2012 12 comments

Bing 411For those in the United States, Microsoft operates a toll-free number called Bing 411 (1-800-BING-411 or 1-800-CALL-411), which allows users to conduct voice search using Tellme technologies. The service allow users to conduct local business search, get driving directions, traffic reports, sports scores, stock quotes, weather reports, and even get information on the cheapest place near you to buy gas. Below is a description of the service from the Bing Search Blog:

Bing 411 now takes local business search a step further, helping you to complete tasks from your phone. Call Bing 411 to find a business, then connect to it or get an SMS with a link to a map (which you can also send to a friend). Bing 411 even includes star ratings of businesses based on reviews by other consumers. You can get traffic-influenced driving directions, and for movie theaters, you can get show times and even buy tickets.

Unfortunately, we recently received a tip that Microsoft is set to discontinue the Bing 411 service. If you call the Bing 411 number now, you’ll be greeted with a message saying that the service will be discontinued from June 1, 2012, exactly 3 years since it’s launch back in 2009 (before which was Live Search 411). As a comparison, Google discontinued their GOOG-411 service back in October 2010.

You can find more information about the Bing 411 service at http://www.discoverbing.com/mobile/411

Posted May 4th, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing, Bing 411, Deadpool, Mobile
  • wizkid

    I didn’t even know about this service, maybe I would have used it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/baerwb Baer William Bradford

    How frustrating, I use this several times a month at least.

  • cuz84d

    I didn’t even know about this service, maybe I would have used it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/baerwb Baer William Bradford

    How frustrating, I use this several times a month at least.

  • Mario Albertico

    Before I had a smartphone, I would use Bing 411 (TellMe before that) all the time for movie times and weather. It was very useful…sad to see it go.

  • Mario Albertico

    Before I had a smartphone, I would use Bing 411 (TellMe before that) all the time for movie times and weather. It was very useful…sad to see it go.

  • Wayne

    I call this number EVERY DAY for my forecast, news and sports! 

  • Wayne

    I call this number EVERY DAY for my forecast, news and sports! 

  • Amiee

    Are there any other services like this that you can call that anyone knows of? My mother is blind and she calls this tell me service several times a day. She is going to miss this very badly.

    • Kathleen

      1800-Free 411 is still out there; Jingle Networks now owned by Marchex.

  • Amiee

    Are there any other services like this that you can call that anyone knows of? My mother is blind and she calls this tell me service several times a day. She is going to miss this very badly.

    • Kathleen

      1800-Free 411 is still out there; Jingle Networks now owned by Marchex.