Why won’t Siri search companies?

Kim Skildum-Reid February 26, 2012
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I have a new iPhone 4S. The Siri function is great – particularly when on Bluetooth when driving – unless you are trying to call a company. Why won’t Siri search the companies of contacts in my phonebook? If I’m trying to order Pizza or book my dogs into the kennel, I’m not going to even have a specific person’s name on the contact entry. I can, however, find those entries in an iPhone spotlight search, so I’m at a loss as to what the problem is.

I make a lot of those mundane types of calls while driving. This is where Siri should shine, but sadly, can’t seem to do this simple task.

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  1. TheTrueAnt
    March 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Same problem. Try adding a nickname, such as "pizza" for your Pizza Hit entry. Until they fix that deficiency, use that to work around.

  2. Lee
    February 27, 2012 at 2:15 am

    For a workaround, you could change the name from Company Name to First Name, that way you could call it from SIri. Or, you can set the Nickname (which wont show in the list of contacts) and I think Siri can call based on that, and you'd get to keep your organization of your list.

    • Kim Skildum-Reid
      February 27, 2012 at 4:33 am

       Thanks, Lee. I'll try the nickname thing. I don't want to reorganise the companies into the first name field, as it syncs with Outlook and that would create a whole world of pain.

  3. Anonymous
    February 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    perhaps Siri Is Not A Robot

    Siri can't access business from outside of america is due too country laws.
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/17548179#17548179

    Top 5 Tricks & Tips For Siri
    http://maypalo.com/2011/10/20/top-5-best-siri-tricks-tips-on-the-iphone-4s/

    Search Using Siri on your iPhone 4s
    http://www.smartguy.com/index.asp?id=750&c=Search-Using-Siri-on-your-iPhone-4s

    Siri has problems understanding certain names
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/16418494#16418494

    Settings->general->Siri->My info.
    Hit the arrow, select your personal info in contacts.