I just came across a cool new feature in Google Maps – it’s probably been around for awhile, but it’s my first time seeing it so I thought I’d write a quick little note about it. Here’s what you do – visit Google Maps and search for a business (if you clicked the link above, you’re looking for a Pizza Hut in Los Angeles). In this example, there are multiple locations, as shown below:
Now click on the business that you’re interested in and it’s details will popup, as shown in the next screen:
Once the call window has been brought up, all you have to do is enter your phone number. Google will call your phone and connect you to the business, free of charge. Nothing better than making free phone calls, right?
That’s it! It’s easy to use, and you get free calls. Obviously, you run into a problem with the free phone call if the business that you want to call isn’t listed with Google, but other than that, it’s a really cool idea, and just one more way that Google is leading the web in new and innovative ideas. And by the way, as I mentioned above that this has probably been around for awhile – It was announced November 16, 2006 on the Official Google Blog.