Monday, March 28, 2011

Thrifty Strategy- Free 411 Service

Thanks to my thrifty friend Nicki for suggesting this one. Do you ever find yourself needing to quickly find a phone number and just dialing 411? A friendly person answers, finds the phone number, and connects you. Then at the end of the month you find a hefty charge on your phone bill! There is a better way.

My husband and I had been a fan of google 411, but the service was discontinued in November of 2010. Never fear, Bing now offers one. Bing411 The number is 1-800-BING-411. It's voice-recognition based, and the times I've tried it I have found what I was looking for on the first try. The only charge is any that you'd normally pay to make a cell phone call or to receive a text if you have the number sent to you.

So, you might want to program the number into your phone for those times you need it.

Does anyone else out there have a free phone service that they use?


  1. Texting "google" still works -- just text to "46645" ("google") and write whatever you are looking for -- it helps if you have a general idea of where it is...for example, say I was looking for a "Target" in Chicago on Roosevelt St...I would just type "target, chicago, roosevelt street" to the number 46645...and it would text me back the number and address!

  2. Thanks for the info, Eliza! I will have to try that next time!


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