The 411 on Free 411 Options

Fed up with fees? A new bevy of free software-based directories could make you hang up on Ma Bell's operators for good

Who isn't tired of paying $2 a pop—or more—for a simple number look-up over the phone? Google (GOOG) and other info providers feel your fatigue. Here's an annotated list of alternatives to the traditional paid-for 411. Just remember: You generally get what you pay for, and these services aren't always speedy. Did we leave any off? Drop us a note in the reader comments section.

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