Get free 411 directory assistance that really works (a review)
Your phone company is charging you anywhere from 50 cents to $2 for a 411 call. Now you can get the exact same service completely free by using 1-800-FREE-411 (1-800-3733-411).
It works just like a regular 411 call. The only catch is that you have to listen to a 15-second ad, which isn't too bad considering the ads are often contextual (e.g. if you asked for Dominoes Pizza listing, you might get a Pizza Hut ad before you get the number you wanted).
One of our writers gave it try tonight. Listen to the result:
(If you can't use the audio player above, here's the link to the recording.)
The voice recognition technology is excellent, but live operator assistance is also available when the computer is not up to the task.
This free 411 service has been around since last year, but it never really took off the way I thought it would. Americans make six billion 411 calls a year and only 3% of them are using the Free411 service. My guess is most people thought this was a cool idea when they first heard about it but never bothered to try the service.
Some people may have been deterred by certain misunderstandings regarding the service. Let's clear some of those up:
- There are hidden charges right. The service has been around for at least a year and has stayed completely free.
- It's not buggy. It used to be when the service first came out, but this company has since received a $30 million cash infusion from investors and has successfully handled over 100 million calls. It is currently handling 600,000 calls a day. I've been using this service for over a month and have never experienced any problems.
- Don't worry aboout telemarketers. Free411 does not share your phone numbers with any telemarketers. Besides, if you haven't done so already, you should register your phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry.
- This service does not require the use of a website. You use this service exactly the same way you use 411.
- You can bypass the computer by saying "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope!" Yes, this is 100% true. You do have to say it twice, though. But you don't have to be as whiny as Carrie Fisher.
Note: Charges reflect 2006 pricing.
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