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  1. #1
    Chuck Palm
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    I like FREE Better...

    I use www.555-1212.com on my TREO 600 all the time

    { Chuck Palm }



    Mark wrote:

    > Isn't (800) 555-1212 directory assistance for toll free numbers only?
    >
    > I called 800-555-TELL but can't see that they offer directory assistance.
    >
    > I found http://www.411saver.com which will sign you up and hit your credit
    > card for 49 cents when you call them for directory assistance. No monthly
    > fees or minimum usage required. This doesn't seem to bad although free would
    > be better and no I don't have Vision.
    >
    > Anybody know of anything cheaper? It really goes against my grain to pay
    > $1.25/$1.50 or whatever Sprint is charging now for directory assistance.
    > They also seem to be a little snippy when I call them. $1.50 for 15 seconds
    > or less seems a bit pricey to me.
    >
    >




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  2. #2
    Matt
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    Re: Infore vs 411

    "Chuck Palm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I like FREE Better...
    >
    > I use www.555-1212.com on my TREO 600 all the time
    >
    > { Chuck Palm }
    >

    How are you using this service for free? I checked their different
    subscription options, and the cheapest they offer is $9.95 for a year, can
    make up to 100 calls.
    Am I missing something?
    Matt





  3. #3
    David L
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    Re: Infore vs 411

    "Chris Pisarra" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<jG%[email protected]_s02>...
    > I love my Sprint phone, but I sure hate the 411 "service" they
    > provide, and the $1.25 charge the stab me.
    >
    > So I decided to try Infone, the service they're advertising all over
    > the place.
    >
    > I signed up at their website, giving them my credit card to charge
    > me their $0.89 when I call them--no monthly charge.
    >
    > Now, when I dial them, they answer "hello, Mr. Pisarra", find the
    > number I need and connect me (they don't ordinarily give you the phone
    > number, just connect the call. They will give the number if you ask
    > them, though) They've gotten the right number every time--something I
    > surely can't say about Sprint.
    >
    > Supposedly, they will also find movie listings and times, give you
    > directions, all sorts of other things, but I haven't tried any of that.
    >
    > Unlike in the past, when Sprint charged me for calls to 800-555-TELL
    > or 800-555-1212, Sprint has changed policy and isn't trying to add on
    > any charges for these calls--just the minutes, of course.
    >
    > No, I don't work for these guys. I can't see how they can make any
    > money at this rate, but that's their problem. But as long as they can
    > stay in business, I'll keep using them. Easier, better and cheaper than
    > Sprint--what more could you ask for?
    >
    > Chris


    Infone works pretty well. Check out their history on the Infone page.
    Apparently they are a huge provider for other carriers 411 service who
    wanted to provide more than just number lookup. Cellular providers
    only wanted simple number lookups and then their cut, so Infone
    bypassed the carriers and offers cheaper directory assistance and
    concierge type, personal services.

    Only problem is to set up CC billing. Requiring credit approval and
    using mothers maiden name at first seeems too intrusive for a phone
    info service, but they offer much more. Any password will work instead
    of maiden name though.

    It's a little late, but you did get the 5 free calls as an intro
    special right? I signed up with a coupon code inside a Bank of America
    credit card statement and got 10 calls free!

    Infone is the perfect "go for" service, where a cell phone user needs
    someone with access to multiple databases for directions, number
    look-ups, flight times, reservations etc, whatever, and will they take
    the time to get that info, in a personalized way. It seems having your
    credit card info allows Infone to act more like a personal agent in
    complicated phone requests requiring ID verification or financial
    responsibility.

    Reminded of a friend who calls, asking me for directions or to lookup
    the address of some destination, when she's lost in the city. It sure
    is handy to have someone with net access to do one's bidding while
    travelling mobile.

    The first attempt for Infone to find a local number listing for an
    800#, which was blocked in my area, was not successful, but that's an
    unusual lookup. They did offer to dial the number for me and wait on
    the line until the call was connected. It worked, but I should have
    kept them on the line for a second related request.

    It's cheaper and more efficient to plan for and take advantage of
    multiple requests with one call, but don't remember the specific
    rules.

    This service has got to be the killer app for the traveler in a
    strange city.
    Calls to Infone start with either voice recognition or PIN ID
    verification, along with caller ID.

    -
    David



  4. #4
    David L
    Guest

    Re: Infore vs 411

    > Unlike in the past, when Sprint charged me for calls to 800-555-TELL
    > or 800-555-1212, Sprint has changed policy and isn't trying to add on
    > any charges for these calls--just the minutes, of course.
    >


    Getting charged incorrectly for 800# Tellme calls also happened to
    Verizon customers, until they got straightened out. Carriers don't
    like the competition to their very lucrative directory assistance
    services.

    Just looked up the multiple request question. It appears one session
    lasts for up to 15 minutes, and pressing * keeps getting you back to
    an operator. Nice!

    Will have to remember to request address lookups e-mailed to my phone.
    A lot easier than having to write it down!

    Don't forget the free, 511 road/traffic/public transportation system
    that's rolling out too. The most advanced, Travinfo voice recognition
    system is currently available in the SF Bay Area, CA.


    Infone - 888.411.1111

    http://www.infone.com/info.xwt?view=faq


    " Connection (call completion) is included at no additional charge.
    Calls are treated as a session¯ with our operators; that is, you can
    make additional calls on your original 15 minutes and beyond simply by
    pressing the star[*] key. As long as you haven't hung up, these calls
    are all treated as part of the same session. This is our patented
    StarBack¯ feature -- only one charge for 89¢ and just 5¢ a minute
    after that. Other services are not able to offer this and, as a
    result, you may get someone's answering machine and you're finished.
    Tough luck. But not with us we're far more convenient, efficient and
    economical."

    "Want us to e-mail that to you?
    Have the information you requested sent to you by email."

    -
    David



  5. #5
    David L
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    Re: Infore vs 411

    "Matt" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<9vgJb.20210$P%[email protected]>...
    > "Chuck Palm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > I like FREE Better...
    > >
    > > I use www.555-1212.com on my TREO 600 all the time
    > >
    > > { Chuck Palm }
    > >

    > How are you using this service for free? I checked their different
    > subscription options, and the cheapest they offer is $9.95 for a year, can
    > make up to 100 calls.
    > Am I missing something?
    > Matt



    It does appear to be a pay service.


    Free from WAP capable phones...

    http://superpages.com/#wap


    Listing of free web based directory assistance pages. Any other WAP
    compatible pages besides Superpages?

    Free Directory Assistance for Telephone Whitepages and Yellow Pages
    Information

    http://abtolls.com/information/directoryassistance.html

    -
    David



  6. #6
    Terry Knab
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    Re: Infore vs 411


    "David L" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > > Unlike in the past, when Sprint charged me for calls to 800-555-TELL
    > > or 800-555-1212, Sprint has changed policy and isn't trying to add on
    > > any charges for these calls--just the minutes, of course.
    > >

    >
    > Getting charged incorrectly for 800# Tellme calls also happened to
    > Verizon customers, until they got straightened out. Carriers don't
    > like the competition to their very lucrative directory assistance
    > services.


    Actually the reason callers were getting incorrectly billed for calls to
    800-555-xxxx numbers (There is just more than tellme on the 800-555 exchange
    nowdays) were the translation tables in the telco billing systems were
    always told to charge for 555-XXXX numbers no matter what the area code.
    This theoretically changed as TF numbers took up in popularity over the
    years


    from: http://www.611.net/NETWORKTELECOM/555numbs.htm
    Originally, 800-555 numbers were set aside for Directory Assistance services
    only. For years, the only active 800-555 number was AT&T's 1-800-555-1212
    Directory Assistance number. A handful of 1-800-555 numbers (approximately
    13 numbers) were set aside as "dummy numbers" for use in TV shows and
    movies. Otherwise, most of the 8,000 toll-free 1-800-555 numbers were
    blocked from use or assignment until December 1994.
    19 months after toll-free "number portability" went into effect in May 1993,
    on December 15, 1994, the F.C.C. released 800-555-xxxx toll-free numbers for
    "general assignment." General Assignment means these numbers are
    classified for use just like any other toll-free number, and are not just
    limited to telephone company directory assistance. Since the vast majority
    of the 8,000 toll-free 1-800-555 numbers were blocked from 1967 to 1994,
    this ruling opened up a powerful block of easy-to-remember, easy-to-dial 800
    numbers for use by businesses and non-profit organizations.


    ATT pulled the plug on 1-800-555-1212 in March of 2000, so even *that*
    number isn't used for DA any longer.





  7. #7
    kzcell
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    directory assistance

    I definatly hear you on high 411 charges...its crazy. Infone is one service but I have found another service you might want to hear about. I only get charged .65 cents per call and its the same type of deal no sign up fees or any of that stuff. The company is easy411. Its the same deal with the credit card. only cheaper!



  8. #8
    Rųbert M.
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    Re: Infore vs 411

    In article <[email protected]>,
    kzcell <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > I definatly hear you on high 411 charges...its crazy. Infone is one
    > service but I have found another service you might want to hear about.
    > I only get charged .65 cents per call and its the same type of deal no
    > sign up fees or any of that stuff. The company is easy411. Its the
    > same deal with the credit card. only cheaper!


    At $1.25 per Information Call, Sprint PCS has set a nice high ceiling
    allowing for others to enter the information market and do nicely.



  9. #9
    O/Siris
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    Re: Infore vs 411

    In article <[email protected]>,=20
    [email protected] says...
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > kzcell <[email protected]> wrote:
    >=20
    > >=20
    > > I definatly hear you on high 411 charges...its crazy. Infone is one
    > > service but I have found another service you might want to hear about.=

    =20
    > > I only get charged .65 cents per call and its the same type of deal no
    > > sign up fees or any of that stuff. The company is easy411. Its the
    > > same deal with the credit card. only cheaper!

    >=20
    > At $1.25 per Information Call, Sprint PCS has set a nice high ceiling=20
    > allowing for others to enter the information market and do nicely.
    >=20


    There's always the option, on Vision phones, of using go2.com. A=20
    great directory site, and it's even coded to let you dial the number=20
    right from the page.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them



  10. #10
    kzcell
    kzcell is offline
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    Re: Re: Infore vs 411

    Originally posted by Chuck Palm
    I like FREE Better...

    I use www.555-1212.com on my TREO 600 all the time

    { Chuck Palm }



    Mark wrote:

    > Isn't (800) 555-1212 directory assistance for toll free numbers only?
    >
    > I called 800-555-TELL but can't see that they offer directory assistance.
    >
    > I found http://www.411saver.com which will sign you up and hit your credit
    > card for 49 cents when you call them for directory assistance. No monthly
    > fees or minimum usage required. This doesn't seem to bad although free would
    > be better and no I don't have Vision.
    >
    > Anybody know of anything cheaper? It really goes against my grain to pay
    > $1.25/$1.50 or whatever Sprint is charging now for directory assistance.
    > They also seem to be a little snippy when I call them. $1.50 for 15 seconds
    > or less seems a bit pricey to me.
    >
    >




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    I thought that 411saver only provided corporate 411? Can you use it on wireless phones as well? What other options does it offer to you?

    Have you ever tried easy411? That is the service I am using now. I find it to be really useful and saves a lot of time and money.



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