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      15.11.2002 20:41
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      The version I have is UK Info Business 2002 and at £200plus felt it should provide a definitive record to UK businesses as it states on the box. I was very pleased when I received the box with the CD-rom in it, the packaging led me to believe that this would indeed be a useful business resource. However when I installed the software I was apalled that the information was woefully incomplete to such an extent that I realised that it is for most part a useless bit of vapourware. The program allows you to search by type of company in an area, but I quickly realised that comparing the search results with the phone directory. less than 40% of the businesses I checked were even listed. These were limited companies who had not moved address in years which were not even listed, let alone had any details about. Having found those parts to be so incomplete I then moved on to see what information it had about the companies that were listed, and generally it is hardly anything other than the address, which in many cases was out of date by years In summary I would describe this product as over priced vapourware. Beautiful packaging, a nice idea, lots of statements about how comprehensive it is....but none of it lives up to its misleading claims I would not recommend this to anyone, at £200+ it represents apalling value and any sales the publishers are making are probably based on the strength of its misleading claims rather than recommendation. I am very cross with myelf for falling for those misleading claims and will be highly discouraged from purchasing another product from ICD-Publishing ever. There is no guarantee with the product that it will live up to its claims and I found this product to be so inadequate that I threw it in the bin within hours of use. I would personally describe it as a complete waste of money

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        03.10.2001 05:17
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        Before I get any complaints or corrections let me state that I have an earlier version of Uk-Info Pro (version 2 I recall). Although the earlier versions miss out the new features such as streetmapping (so you can see where the person you have looked up lives and how to get there) they still provide the basic key function of the software in being a automated Uk phone directory. As calling 192 now costs you around 50p a go, if you use directory enquiries a lot in your life then this may well pay for itself in a short space of time. The Pro version (well on the one I have anyway) allows you to search on more criteria and over the whole country rather than just one county or area. If you are into Geneaology (i.e. researching your relatives and family tree) or just interested in how many other people out there share your surname or indeed name (although this is probably not much interest to you if you are called John Smith). The database does not include ex-directory numbers (makes sense) or in my version businesses, but in itself it is a very interesting tool. Unfortunately the software does not allow a reverse lookup on phone number (to allow you to identify new callers on your phone if you have CLI or dial 1471) but hopefully this may be included in a more up to date version. Speed is reasonable, although not blindingly fast although this obviously depends on your system. Possible uses include: Geneaology Money saving over 192 directory enquiries Travelling salespeople, doctors, etc. Tracking down that nice person you met at the disco but lost their number. Decoding unclear messages on answering machines (e.g. business leads) Overall a good package that "does what it says on the tin"

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