08-17-2007, 08:30 PM
| | Re: Free alternative: Stop getting gouged for 411 calls from Verizon Wireless
For anyone that cares, dialing "332" from your verizon phone will
grant you access to thier 411 service at no charge...
On Aug 12, 3:59 pm, Steve Sobol <sjso...@JustThe.net> wrote:
> ["Followup-To:" header set to alt.cellular.verizon.]
> On 2007-08-12, Larry <no...@home.com> wrote:
> > "Kenny M" <kraken35...@mypacks.net> wrote in news:nwHvi.13604$tj6.3647
> > @newsread4.news.pas.earthlink.net:
> >> Program these #'s into your cell phone:
> >> Google: 1-800-466-4411
> >> Tellme's 1-800-555-8355
> Be forewarned. Several years ago Verizon Wireless charged me their
> then-standard $1.25 directory assistance charge for calls to 555-TELL. I
> complained quite loudly. I don't know whether that played into their decision
> to stop the practice.
> See, the problem is this. Dial 411 from a Verizon cell phone and they
> incur real costs. I know this because there is a Verizon 411 call
> center across the street from my house, a big campus where they
> employ tons of people (and they're always hiring operators here). So
> I don't have a problem paying for 411 or 555-1212 which is going to be
> answered by a Verizon employee; I don't expect them to pay for the
> facility and people and not make their money back.
> But they incur no such costs on calls to 800-555-TELL, other than the cost
> of connecting the call. I'm willing to pay airtime, but not the $1.25. They
> don't even incur long distance costs as the long distance is paid for by AT&T
> (the company that owns TellMe)!
> Verizon stopped this obnoxious, greedy practice a few years ago, but you will
> want to check your bill to make sure your carrier doesn't do the same thing.