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Free Directory Assistance

January 11th · 3 Comments

When 411 directory assistance first started, it only cost like thirty-five cents. In the years since then, the price of 411 directory assistance has jumped to several dollars a call. It’s absolutely absurd, especially in an age when we have internet on our phones. However, if you’re in a bind or don’t have an internet enabled phone (or at least one that is easy to use), you can always use Free411.

Free411 is a free 411 directory assistance service that is paid for by advertisers. You call them at 1-800-FREE-411, listen to a ten second ad, then ask an automated system for the phone number to a person or business. I’ve never used it because my phone as web access but it sounds like a pretty good system, if you don’t mind struggling a bit with the automated voice systems (though I read that it goes to a human being if there are problems).

Another option is Google’s free 411 service at 1-800-Goog-411 which appears to have no advertisements whatsoever. Here’s a video demonstration of Goog-411:

Paying a few bucks for 411 is a thing of the past.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ChristianPF // Jan 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I have been using Googles 411 for months now and really like it – it isn’t a flawless system since it is automated, but it has save me a lot of trouble a couple times…

  • 2 Jim // Jan 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I wouldn’t expect it to be flawless since it’s free and isn’t ad-supported, but I’m glad to hear it’s worth the time!

  • 3 jammer(six) // Feb 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I used to use Goog411 and/or Free411 a lot. They both worked great. Now that I have a smartphone, however, I just Google whatever I’m looking fo, touch the number on the screen, and start talking.