Sunday, May 11, 2008

Free Cool Stuff - FREE 411!

If you're like me, when you need a number, you look it up on the internet because it's free. But what about when you are out and about and your cell phone is your only option? The idea of paying Sprint $1.79 (it's more expensive calling from a landline phone - $1.25 to $3.49 PER call!) for the 411 call irritates me, especially since sometimes the number I'm looking for turns out to be unlisted.

What's a girl to do?

FREE 411!

There are three services that I've recently discovered:

Free 411 - 1-800-FREE-411 (800-3733-411) is great, BUT you have to listen to an obnoxious ad at the beginning of the call. You can receive the number via both phone and text (your cell phone provider text message rates apply). Biggest benefit: Look up both business, residential, and governmental numbers.

Google 411 - 1-800-GOOG-411 (800-4664-411) is also great and has no ads. Again, you can receive the number via phone, text, and also receive a map of the neighborhood on your cell (if it has internet service). Unfortunately, it only looks up businesses. You cannot look up residential numbers. Biggest benefit: No ads.

411 Save - 1-800-411-SAVE (800-411-7283) - another ad supported directory assistance call. It looks up both businesses and residential numbers and you can receive your number either via phone or text message. Biggest benefit: You speak to a live person!

I've already got both numbers programmed into my cell phone. The days of me paying Sprint for a phone number are long gone.


  1. I use 800-411-SAVE also because sometimes the others can't understand me and the live operators at 800-411-SAVE always seem to get what I need.

    By the way, they also have goverment listings (I needed my local town hall) and I've heard they have listings for Canada as well!

  2. When it comes to free directory assistance (aka, “411” or “information”), you have LOTS of choices. They differ in some important ways, so don't call just one or two - try them all out and see which one(s) you prefer – you may just end up with more than one in your phone directory. Also, with this many companies trying to get our search attention, you may want to try them all again every so often just to see what's new! Grin!

    I prefer the ones that have operators to help when the automation doesn't recognize me, that get me accurate information fast, and that also don't restrict me to only business searches - sometimes I need to find people, too!

    1-800-YellowPages (800-935-5697)
    1-800-2ChaCha (800-224-2242)
    1-800-411-SAVE (800-411-7283)
    1-800-555-Tell (800-555-8355)
    1-800-Call-411 (800-225-5411)
    1-800-Call-Dex (800-225-5339)
    1-800-Free-411 (800-373-3411)
    1-800-Goog-411 (800-466-4411)
    1-800-Info-Fast (800-463-6327)
    1-800-The-Info (800-843-4636)

  3. Here's one choice you won't regret... 1-800-411SAVE! It has live operators answering the phone. I called looking for a CVS Pharmacy and they found a local one not too far from my house...nice service and friendly operators! :-P


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