Whenever I go to www.google.com on my T-Mobile BlackBerry 7100t web browser, it insists on taking me to the Canadian version of the Google home page. Nothing I do can force it to the U.S. version. Normally this isn’t a big deal, but it really screws up any Google Local searches I try to do (because Google Local Canada doesn’t know anything about my Oregon zip code).
I know RIM is based in Canada, but come on…
Luckily I have the excellent Berry 411 Search app to do all of my phone and address lookups. I like it much better than plain web searches, for a couple of reasons:
- Store your Home, Work, and Other locations, which are used as context in all searches. That means that results are listed by proximity to your current specified location.
- Perform Yellow Pages, White Pages, Movies, Shopping, Wikipedia, and Google searches from one menu
- Results are tweaked so that phone numbers are clickable hyperlinks to dial – look up someone’s number, then just click on it in the results to dial
- Get maps and driving directions to all address results (Yellow and White pages)
- It’s free
Now that I think about it, Berry 411 Search is probably the most useful application I have on my Blackberry. It’s very empowering knowing that all sorts of releveant data is just a quick search away. I love it.