Here's the deal, the wireless companies have a real racket going when it comes to 411. Here's the price of a call to ATT's 411 as listed on their website:
While on the AT&T wireless network, the rate for AT&T 411 is $1.79 per call, plus airtime, roaming and applicable long distance. Additional surcharges may apply when off the AT&T wireless network.
$1.79 per call!!! In New Jersey we call that highway robbery!
Well, you don't have to put up with it anymore! Thanks to Google's 'Do No Evil' plan to take over the world, they are now offering, FOR FREE, an 'experimental' voice activated local 411 service that can save you tons of money.
After you dial this free number you will be asked your city and state, after you say it, you will be asked for a category (you can say something as broad as, 'pizza') or business name (you could mention my cousin's pizza joint, Ninos.) After they provide the information, they will connect the call for FREE. There's even an option to say 'Text Message' which will get you text message with the info you request.
(This will work for all wireless callers, though it is this editor's opinion that iPhone users laid down so much doe for their phones that they are more in need of couple of freebies...)