Business & Finance
02:28 PM

AT&T Offers Free Directory Assistance Coast To Coast

The service, available on all U.S. wireless and landline phones, is supported by advertising.

In the latest rush to provide free directory assistance services, AT&T announced that its free directory service -- 1-800-935-5697 -- is now available from coast to coast across the United States.

Callers can dial the number above (marketed as 1-800-YellowPages) to reach the service, which is available on all U.S. wireline and mobile phones.

Previously, AT&T had been gradually rolling out free directory services piecemeal in nine Southeastern states.

The AT&T service is supported by advertising; when callers dial into the service, they're asked what category of business they want. A query for flowers, for instance, generates numbers for nearby florists. "People want information in a variety of ways, and making 1-800-YellowPages available nationally is an important step in providing to not only advertisers but also consumers, a wide range of choices for finding that they need," said David S. Huntley, senior VP at AT&T customer information services, in a statement.

Local and national advertisers are given various options to reach consumers through the service, AT&T said, noting that it publishes more than 1,250 Yellow Pages directories annually. The company added that more than 1 billion local searches were recorded by its network in 2006.

Free directory calling services are rapidly replacing paid directory assistance offerings, which sometimes charge $3 and up for a single query.

The services run the gamut from startup efforts like 1-800-FREE-411 to a more complex play from Tellme Networks that features different ways for callers to obtain phone numbers. By calling 1-800-555-TELL, or texting TELLM, callers can obtain phone numbers.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.