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Appeared on: Friday, January 04, 2008
Thomson Integrates Google Local Search into New Line of Devices

Thomson and Google have partnered to help consumers save money on 411 business information calls by integrating the first one-touch, auto-dial GOOG-411 button into many of its latest GE-branded DECT 6.0 Interference Free phones for 2008.

One of many new features for consumers from Thomson, GOOG-411 is Google's free, voice-activated, business directory assistance service, and the GOOG-411 button will be incorporated on more than a dozen GE phones, which will be available in April. The first chance to see the new GE DECT 6.0 phones with the GOOG-411 button will be during the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show at the Thomson/GE booth #20901 South Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.

How does GOOG-411 work?

GOOG-411 is a free and completely automated service, employing speech recognition to help users find and connect to businesses from their phone. Pressing the GOOG-411 button will immediately connect DECT 6.0 users to this free Google service. After callers say where and what they are looking for, GOOG-411 will find the business and will offer to connect the call for free. The GOOG-411 service is also available for mobile users on 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-4664-411) where normal carrier charges may apply.

Two new GE DECT 6.0 series phones by Thomson will include a GOOG-411 auto dial button. Models include the GE Premiere DECT 6.0 Phone with Home Speakerbox/Intercom. The package, which comes complete with two handsets and the home intercom unit for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

The full roster of six new GE Premiere DECT 6.0 phones are available independently without the intercom-monitor and range in price from a single handset model with caller ID (28811FE1) for $49.99 to a three-handset system with built in digital answering system (28821FE2) for $99.99. The intercom-monitor (28108GE1/FE1) is also available individually for $39.99.

GE Advanced DECT 6.0: Featuring a new design base, the new GE Advanced phones include popular features plus extra large LCD with easy to read characters and a blue backlit keypad. Expandable up to six handsets, this new line up of six Advanced models range in price from a single handset model with caller ID (28213EE1) for $39.99 to a three-handset system with built in digital answering system (28223EE3) for $89.99.

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