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.