Monday, March 5, 2007



Do you still pay $1.50 or $2 for every directory assistance phone call?

Here's a free tip: Don't.

Just dial 1-800-FREE411. (That's 1-800-3733-411.)

Jingle Networks, a Boston-based company, offers this wonderfully free service. To support it, when you call, they may play a short ad before you get the number you need but it's worth it considering the usual expensive 411 call charges you incur via your cell phone or land line.

I used it for the first time over the weekend, and except for the short ad (which is how radio and TV are supported anyhow), there really was no catch to this service. I didn't even hear an ad on my first call. On the second one, I heard a short McDonalds ad.

If you have access to a computer, there are also free online directories, like Switchboard and Yahoo! Yellow Pages. But if you're on the road, 1-800-FREE411 is your number for free directory assistance calls.


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