Free Directory Assistance -- Free Phone Information/411

Try these 2 phone services for toll-free information. (If you're using a mobile phone, you will have to pay for minutes used, of course). Note that GOOG-411 was discontinued on November 12, 2010.

Additional information:


In exchange for listening to a 10-second ad, you can use this free 411-like service. A nice bonus is that it can text (SMS) you the information you're looking for.


  1. Call 1-800-373-3411
  2. Listen to a 10-second ad
  3. Follow the voice prompts, asking for your location and business name/type
  4. Get your desired information by phone or by text.

Additional information:

Bing 411 - By phone or by cellphone Web

Bing 411 (formerly Tellme, which is a feature that still works on Microsoft Windows Mobile phones) allows you to call a toll-free number and get information such as stock quotes, directions, movie and weather information, or get richer information if you have a Web-enabled smartphone. It can also text (SMS) you the information.

  1. Call 1-800-246-4411 (1-800-Bing-411)
  2. Say one of the following words below
  3. Get the information you requested

You can request any of the following:

  • business ("Coffee", "Starbucks")
  • "movies"
  • "sports" - scores, game times, updates
  • "weather"
  • "news center"
  • "stock quote"
  • "travel" - taxis, planes, rental cars, hotels
  • "entertainment" - horoscopes, soap opera news

Additional information:



Google's service found specific businesses in specific cities, and connected you to them by phone. The service has been discontinued by Google as of November 12, 2010.

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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Now this is really useful info--thanks so much. I use the web almost exclusively these days for finding phone numbers, but I'm thinkin "Tellme" is a great idea

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livelonger 8 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, robie2. Me too, although occasionally Web availability is nil and all you can manage is a phone call. I agree that Tellme is the most useful.

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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Very handy info. I bookmarked it for when I need it.


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livelonger 8 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks Donna!

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Larry R. Miller 8 years ago

You write useful stuff. I always read your posts. Thanks, Larry

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Ms Chievous 8 years ago from Wv

very cool! thanks!

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First Eagle 8 years ago

Thanks . It is very useful to know how to call easy and cheap when you have friends all over the world.

First Eagle, Thor Einar

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derekcaulfield 8 years ago

very helpful info , I book marked it, I heard of google 411 but never used it

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flutterbug77 8 years ago from USA

Thanks for the helpful info. Great to know.

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kevin.g1234 8 years ago

Try calling 1800-411SAVE (1800411-7283).  It has live operators.  As per their website, they will soon be offering directions and sms services also.  It's like your regular 411 but it's absolutely FREE!

Cloe 8 years ago

I will use anything as long as its free. I tried FREE411 i got the number after a machine combat. I also tried GOOG411 its just ok, but its limited for just business. So far i am an avid caller of 411SAVE. Why? Try it and find out. Right Kevin?

Wayne 6 years ago

GOOG-411 discontinued this service on Nov 12, 2010

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livelonger 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Wayne - you're right. Thanks for the tip.

Angie 6 years ago

1-800-411SAVE has changed it's format, now you can text 542542 and ask anything and get an answer. Not exactly sure how that works. Sure miss GOOG-411, it was difficult at first but once you got the speech pattern down it was pretty good.

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