How to Call Directory Assistance for Free

By Techwalla Contributor

Dialing 411 can be expensive. Phone companies charge up to several dollars for each call. Fortunately, there are some free 411 services available to consumers looking for a phone number.

Step 1

Call 1-800-FREE-411 (1-800-373-3411). This is a free directory assistance program that also offers directory assistance online at Free411.com, including reverse phone number look up and Web searches.

Step 2

Download a directory assistance application for your smartphone and use that to look up phone numbers. Many phone and independent companies offer directory assistance free through downloaded applications for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. Go to your appropriate application market and search for a free directory assistance app. Download and install it. You can look up the number you need with a quick tap of the app.

Step 3

Go online, rather than call for directory assistance. Most phone carriers, including AT&T and Verizon, have directory assistance on their websites at no charge. There are also numerous websites dedicated to providing directory assistance for free online, such as yp.com, whitepages.com and 411.com. Look up the number electronically instead of calling 411.