Dialing 411 for directory assistance usually comes at a price.
Now callers have a choice of paying for it with dollars or a few seconds of their time.
Directory assistance calls charged by cell phone providers can range from $1.49 to $3.49, depending on the carrier. Some long-distance companies charge as much as $3.49 for a directory assistance inquiry.
At 1-800-FREE411, directory assistance calls are free and handled by voice-recognition computers, but callers have to listen to a couple short ads as their inquiries are processed.
It might take a bit longer than a traditional 411 call but, hey, it’s free.