If you’ve ever had to call directory assistance using your cell phone, you know cell phone companies are charging $1.75 or more for 411 information calls. AT&T charges $7.00 per call! If your car has broken down or a big business deal depends on getting a number from information, $7 might be acceptable.
“Despite the charges, U.S. consumers continue to avail themselves of the 411 directory assistance service, placing about six billion such calls per year,” explains the rumor-busting website snopes.com.
For the rest of us, however, an economical alternative is now available. You can get directory assistance on your cell phone (or land line) at 1-800-FREE 411 (or 1-800-373-3411). And it’s free. Add this number to your cell phone now, before you actually need it. The service is voice activated and offers the option to connect the call.
Of course, nothing is entirely free, so be prepared to listen to a brief audio advertisement. For more details, visit www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing/free411.asp