January 18, 2007

Free information

Tired of paying for each call to information? Try this on for size:

Tired of paying $1.50 or $2 for every directory assistance phone call? Then don't. There truly is such a thing as free directory assistance, though it may cost you a little in time and patience. Jot this down:

1-800-FREE411.

A Boston-based company called Jingle Networks offers this free alternative to expensive 411 calls via your cell phone or land line. How and why do they do what they do for free? Just as radio and TV shows are supported by advertising, the directory assistance service is sponsored by companies advertising with the service. So, yes, that means you may hear a short, audio ad when requesting a phone number, but not every time.

When I tried it out, the automated system got the name I was requesting wrong, but a live operator quickly came on the line and found the phone number. I heard (and ignored) an ad for a credit card before I got my number, but it didn't drone on too long. Generally, you'll hear ads related to businesses you're requesting to contact and will be given the opportunity to connect to the advertised business. But an ad here and there seems worth saving $1.50 a pop.

Cool. May the Verizon and Sprint 411 operators rot in hell.

Posted by Physics Geek at January 18, 2007 07:44 PM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!
Comments

I've used this for about a year, but the results are frequently bad. I have tried to get the numbers for several businesses and have been repeatedly given the numbers for others often in other cities. You get what you pay for--except Verizon's service wasn't much different.

Posted by: Woody at January 20, 2007 12:36 PM

In almost every part of America you can send a text message from your cell phone to google (googl) or yahoo with the kind of business or name of the business that you want and they will text message back the name, address and PHONE NUMBER. Free. You can also request something generic, like pizza, along with a zip code, and they send you several that are closest.

Death to those jacking us around, charging for information that should be very, very cheap or free. And why anyone still has a landline instead of a cell phone, I simply cannot imagine.

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