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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by syadasti, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    I had heard about these before but tried them both out today (and two others) - pretty cool for information on the go from you cellphone (or any phone) without hitting the web...

    Best 411 services:
    http://www.google.com/goog411/

    Nearly as good 411 with other information services:
    http://www.livesearch411.com/
     

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    MtnbikeMike Turbo Monkey

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    The services are free, but do the cell phone companies charge you to use them?
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    Standard airtime charges apply - whatever it normally costs to dial 1800 numbers. TXT fees apply for any TXTs you request which can be expensive if you don't have a TXTing plan.
     
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    MtnbikeMike Turbo Monkey

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    Reason I asked is I remember reading a page on Snopes about some of the free 411 services. It had said the services were free, but the cell phone companies charged you extra.

    I just went to the page and it didn't mention it, so maybe I'm on crack.
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    It only uses your standard airtime minutes from your calling plan. I looked up the two biggest for you - from their fine print:

    Verizon: Calls to ’toll-free’ numbers are toll-free; you will be billed airtime.

    ATT: Standard airtime charges apply to 800, 866, 877 and other toll-free calls.

    With that in mind, Goog-411 is the fastest/cheapest one but the Microsoft one has other free information services like weather/traffic/etc