Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 23
  1.    #1  

    I think it costs $1.99 for T-Mobile's Directory service and through my landline directory service. I have 1000 monthly free minutes and usually end up using only 500 (at least lately).


    September 22, 2005 4:53 PM PDT Demofall If you've ever been driving around, trying futilely to find a specific restaurant but refusing to call directory assistance on your cell phone because it's too expensive, the folks at Jingle Networks may have a solution.

    Their new free 411 service called, appropriately enough, Free411, is, well, just that. It's designed to give consumers a way to avoid paying the fee wireless carriers charge for 411 access--as much as $3.49.

    Unveiled Wednesday at the Demofall conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., Free411, which can be reached by calling 800-free-411, is an interesting utilization of a free service that requires users to bear with a bit of advertising before getting the goodies.

    In this case, the service subjects callers to a 10-second ad before providing the requested number. But the idea is that the ad--which will likely be for a competitor of whoever's number the caller has asked for, and which will usually offer a discount from the competitor--will attract the caller enough to have their call directed to the competitor.

    Jingle Networks gets its directory assistance data from the same sources as phone carriers, it says, so regardless of who ends up on the line after a caller requests a number, Jingle insists the number will be accurate. And it argues that ten seconds of advertising is a small price to pay for saving money each time someone wants a phone number.

    According to Jingle, 92 percent of the $8 billion the carriers earn annually on directory assistance calls is profit. That's pretty good, when you think about it. But Jingle thinks that if everyone bands together, we can take a big chunk out of that pie. So, as one Demo attendee mused later, it seems like only a matter of time before Jingle is bought up by a carrier and put out of business.

    Source
    BAG's Treo-Hip-Lography**Treo 600>SideKick #6****Signup for UPOC-Handspring Treo 600
    <a title="Subscribe to BAG's TextAmerica Blog" href="aim:goim?screenname=blogchangebot&message=subscribe+http://www.bustagroov.textamerica.com"><img src="http://www.neuronwave.com/bcb/bcblogo.gif" border="0" vspace="2" hspace="2"/></a>
  2. #2  
    Interesting concept! I can see this saving some cellphone users quite a bit of money.

    I just tried it and it worked very well

    It ended up taking about 60 seconds to get the number I was after, but then again, regular 411 isn't instant either. I had to vocally designate if it was a "business", "residential", or "government". It also asked me to vocally verify the listing name, then press 2 after listening to the ad to get the number I was requesting.

    I requested the local Applebees restaurant and got an ad for Dominoes along with the option to press a key to directly connect to the local Dominoes.

    With my Treo 650 I use the Directory Assistant software program, so I probably wouldn't use the service myself (because I have a Treo). I love that DA allows you to add to contacts so easily and the last lookup result.

    I know quite a number of cellphone users who could save a substantial amount of money using this service.

    Thanks for the info!!
    -jeff

    ...the Truth will set you free!
  3. #3  
    Thanks for the heads up. I will tell my pdaphoneless friends.

    Directory assistant ---> link is fast, free (if you have unlimited data) and it grabs all the numbers and addresses you need and leaves them for review on your PDA. I love it so much, I dont even bother with the phone book when Im at home.

    But Im sure you all know about DA.
  4.    #4  
    Yes, I know about and have DA installed on my Treo 600. I just wanted to post some info about a 411 alternative for those that don't have PDA type phones. I'd still like to know if people see any "weird" surcharges when using the Free411 service.
    BAG's Treo-Hip-Lography**Treo 600>SideKick #6****Signup for UPOC-Handspring Treo 600
    <a title="Subscribe to BAG's TextAmerica Blog" href="aim:goim?screenname=blogchangebot&message=subscribe+http://www.bustagroov.textamerica.com"><img src="http://www.neuronwave.com/bcb/bcblogo.gif" border="0" vspace="2" hspace="2"/></a>
  5. #5  
    I'm not sure if they actually could add surcharges if it's a 1-800 exchange.
    -jeff

    ...the Truth will set you free!
  6. #6  
    800 is a free call. If you incur charges it's your carrier not the service.
    (My company does alot of 800 and 900 buisness)
  7. #7  
    This is pretty cool:

    http://www.free411.com/

    I just tried this on my Treo and it works great! Just dial 1-800-FREE-411 (373-3411). It is advertisement supported, so you have to listen to a short 2-3 second snippit, that it! But it works beautifully and even forwards the call for FREE!
    Great way to avoid spending outrageious amounts for wireless carrier 411 services. In fact this would be great for VoIP as well...

    _________________
    aka Gfunkmagic

    Current device: Palm Pre
    Device graveyard: Palm Vx, Cassiopeia E100, LG Phenom HPC, Palm M515, Treo 300, Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo 700p, Axim X50v, Treo 800w



    Please don't PM me about my avatar. For more info go here.

    Restore your Pre to factory settings using webos doctor and follow these instructions
  8. #8  
    18005551212 thats another.
  9. #9  
    free is always good. but everytime i use 411, its cause im driving and don't feel like looking up the movie listings on the phone. but i got my bill yesterday, and using 411 3 times cost me over 6 dollars! thats crazy! from now on im just going to pull over, use verichat or the web to get my information.
  10. #10  
    Quote Originally Posted by gfunkmagic
    This is pretty cool:

    http://www.free411.com/

    I just tried this on my Treo and it works great! Just dial 1-800-FREE-411 (373-3411). It is advertisement supported, so you have to listen to a short 2-3 second snippit, that it! But it works beautifully and even forwards the call for FREE!
    Great way to avoid spending outrageious amounts for wireless carrier 411 services. In fact this would be great for VoIP as well...

    Wow, should you be flamed for not searching? There is a thread on this already
  11. #11  
    Quote Originally Posted by ttrundle
    Wow, should you be flamed for not searching? There is a thread on this already

    Good point, threads merged!
    _________________
    aka Gfunkmagic

    Current device: Palm Pre
    Device graveyard: Palm Vx, Cassiopeia E100, LG Phenom HPC, Palm M515, Treo 300, Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo 700p, Axim X50v, Treo 800w



    Please don't PM me about my avatar. For more info go here.

    Restore your Pre to factory settings using webos doctor and follow these instructions
  12. #12  
    That's cool, thanks. I also agree and use DA a lot, now that's a great app.
    "A man who drinks only water, has something to hide to his fellow man."

    My beer blogs:

    Rev. Rhino on Flickr

    Rev. Rhino on Twitter
  13. #13  
    If you have SMS included on your plan, another option is to use Google or Yahoo. Both have 5 digit short numbers and instructions on their site for usage. There is a thread here somewhere that discusses it in detail as well.

    LG VX9800
    Motorola HS-850
    Linksys USBBT100
    Mobile Crossing BT GPS

    (R.I.P.)
    VZW Treo 650
    Treo Side Case
  14.    #14  
    Free411 now has a "little brother" named "AskMeNow". (Source)

    AskMeNow is your mobile lifestyle network. Get quick and easy access to Weather, Movie Times, 411 listings, Sports Scores, Directions, Horoscopes, Flight Information, Stock Quotes and more—ALL from your mobile phone. All for FREE! The AskMeNow App is available for Blackberry devices with other phone devices to be added later.

    The Testimonials section features the AskMeNow application for the Treo phone sections.

    I registered at the site and called the service to ask "Where is the nearest 7-Eleven?" instead of it giving the local 7-Eleven, it gave me the information for 7-11's corporate HQ.

    There's also the TELLME service that is similar to AskMeNow. The TELLME service will give you phone numbers but will not automatically connect you to the requested number like Free411 does.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by BustAGroove; 11/16/2005 at 11:26 PM.
    BAG's Treo-Hip-Lography**Treo 600>SideKick #6****Signup for UPOC-Handspring Treo 600
    <a title="Subscribe to BAG's TextAmerica Blog" href="aim:goim?screenname=blogchangebot&message=subscribe+http://www.bustagroov.textamerica.com"><img src="http://www.neuronwave.com/bcb/bcblogo.gif" border="0" vspace="2" hspace="2"/></a>
  15.    #15  
    Here's another writeup in USA Today for AskMeNow service.
    BAG's Treo-Hip-Lography**Treo 600>SideKick #6****Signup for UPOC-Handspring Treo 600
    <a title="Subscribe to BAG's TextAmerica Blog" href="aim:goim?screenname=blogchangebot&message=subscribe+http://www.bustagroov.textamerica.com"><img src="http://www.neuronwave.com/bcb/bcblogo.gif" border="0" vspace="2" hspace="2"/></a>
  16. #16  
    Quote Originally Posted by BustAGroove
    Free411 now has a "little brother" named "AskMeNow". (Source)

    AskMeNow is your mobile lifestyle network. Get quick and easy access to Weather, Movie Times, 411 listings, Sports Scores, Directions, Horoscopes, Flight Information, Stock Quotes and more—ALL from your mobile phone. All for FREE! The AskMeNow App is available for Blackberry devices with other phone devices to be added later.

    The Testimonials section features the AskMeNow application for the Treo phone sections.

    I registered at the site and called the service to ask "Where is the nearest 7-Eleven?" instead of it giving the local 7-Eleven, it gave me the information for 7-11's corporate HQ.

    There's also the TELLME service that is similar to AskMeNow. The TELLME service will give you phone numbers but will not automatically connect you to the requested number like Free411 does.
    Its hard to tell whether it will be free for Treo's or not. The website says there is a charge of $.49 for all non "automated" questions/answers. Anyone tried it out yet with a 650?
  17. #17  
    Since Sprint charges a surcharge for toll-free numbers, does this one Free411 also cause this surcharge?
  18. #18  
    i prefer the Google SMS feature. It has given me info anytime I've needed it and IT FREE!!
  19. #19  
    Quote Originally Posted by acousticbiker
    Since Sprint charges a surcharge for toll-free numbers, does this one Free411 also cause this surcharge?

    No there is no surcharge...in fact no charge of any kind at all! The service pays for itself by playing a short 15 sec advertisement or so add before connecting you to the info...
    _________________
    aka Gfunkmagic

    Current device: Palm Pre
    Device graveyard: Palm Vx, Cassiopeia E100, LG Phenom HPC, Palm M515, Treo 300, Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo 700p, Axim X50v, Treo 800w



    Please don't PM me about my avatar. For more info go here.

    Restore your Pre to factory settings using webos doctor and follow these instructions
  20. #20  
    BustAGroove - Askmenow is NOT free.
    CNG ATTWS Treo650
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions