||Why is Directory Assistance So Costly?
January 7, 2001
In many places, you could buy breakfast for what it costs to obtain a
long-distance number. Major carriers, including WorldCom and AT&T,
charge $1.99 a call, and you may be billed even when an operator can't
find the number or finds the wrong one. AT&T, for one, has raised
its directory-assistance rates by 80% in the last year. ...But the wave
of the future may be the Internet, with free sites like www.555-1212.com...
Magazine: Best Sites of the Year 2000
December 31, 2000
Get directory assistance for free on the Web. You can search for business
and residential phone numbers and addresses. There's also a toll-free
Money Watch: Phone Rage & 401(k) Performance
November 1, 2000
If you're on the Web, use its free directory-assistance services like
... www.555-1212.com ... Dialing long-distance information costs $1 to
$2 per call these days, even if the operator doesn't find the number.
YadaYada and 555-1212.com to Provide
'YadaYada Directory Assistant' for PDAs
October 24, 2000
YadaYada Inc., the first fully integrated wireless service provider and
personalized mobile Web portal for PDAs, and 555-1212.com, a leading provider
of global communication services on the wired and wireless Internet, announced
today the launch of the "YadaYada Directory Assistant". The product allows
YadaYada subscribers to access free directory lookup services to find
people, businesses, area codes, and country codes from wherever they are.
Security Opinion -- BugTraq: The tunnel at the end of the light
October 17, 2000
By Martin Goslar, Ph.D., Special to ZDNet
BugTraq, a full disclosure computer security vulnerability mailing list
started back in '93, is one of the most renowned security forums in the
world. Known for its detailed discussion streams, updates, patch offerings,
and update announcements, BugTraq offers a digital buffet of tempting
If the fixes or suggestions need some tweaking before install, be sure
to call the professional to confirm or discuss. If there is no phone number
on the site and you can't find it at www.555-1212.com, be very cautious
555-1212.com mentioned on Clark Howard's popular consumer radio
October 9, 2000
555-1212.com got rave reviews on the consumer-oriented Clark Howard Show.
Clark's syndicated radio show is broadcast live to over 100 stations nationwide,
every weekday from 1-6 p.m. ET on AM 750 WSB Atlanta. An entrepreneur
who retired at age 31, Clark Howard is a "walking encyclopedia" of consumer
and financial knowledge aimed at empowering "the little guy."
One of the Most Underrated Uses of the Net
October 5, 2000
One of the most underrated uses of the net is the simple act of looking
up a phone number. After noticing that AT&T; never trademarked or registered
the directory assistance number 555-1212 a group of investors launched
555-1212.com. It's just one of the many sites like this on the net. You
can get maps and directions, and it's updated monthly, that's practically
instant compared to the traditional phone book. In the near future as
more countries connect it will also simplify finding numbers all over
the planet. And when we integrate the net into telephones these types
of sites may be impossible to live without
Location Services Enter the Mobile-Phone Game
September 11, 2000
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Imagine finding the perfect birthday gift --
a purple yo-yo -- for your six-year-old niece while on a business trip
in Cambridge, Mass. You need to ship the toy immediately but don't know
if there is an overnight courier nearby. Pulling out your mobile telephone,
you dial a toll-free number that tells you the location of a FedEx office
three blocks north -- and lets you know about a greeting-card shop around
This personalized service is what voice portal BeVocal Inc. -- and a
host of other companies -- hope to provide by giving consumers phone-directory-type
information tailored to their geographic location.
...BeVocal faces possible competition from a number of other companies
that make location-based information available on wireless devices.
In July, 555-1212.com Inc., at www.555-1212.com on the Web and based
in San Francisco, announced the launch of its wireless Mobile Directory,
which provides users nationwide with information such as business addresses
and area codes...
Great Expectations for Location-Based Services
September 6, 2000
MEDIAWEEK, San Francisco --
...In July, 555-1212.com Inc. (www.555-1212.com), of San Francisco, announced
the launch of its wireless Mobile Directory, which provides users nationwide
with information such as business addresses and area codes.
Strike Hits A Disconnect - As Choices Take Off, Phone Company Is
Less Vital For Many
August 19, 2000
THE BOSTON GLOBE - Nearly two weeks after 85,000 phone workers walked
off their jobs at Verizon, cellular phones and a host of other alternatives,
offering everything from directory assistance to nationwide call completion,
have reduced one part of the strike's roar to a whisper. ...Internet services
such as 555-1212.com, switchboard.com, and AT&T;'s anywho.com are also
filling the directory-assistance void...
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411 Users Trying Online Directory Services to Find Numbers During
August 10, 2000
ALLENTOWN, PA - The strike by more than 87,000 Verizon Communications
employees is making it virtually impossible to get through to the company's
"411" directory assistance, creating headaches for customers ...but an
unexpected blessing for operators of alternative services and free Internet
directories, several of which are reporting significant increases in traffic
since the walkout began. ...Demand has also been unusually high at 555-1212.com,
a San Francisco company that offers telephone and Internet search capabilities
and attracts an estimated 735,000 visitors per month. The strike could
deal a permanent blow to 411 by exposing consumers to other services that
are not only free, but also offer features you can't get talking to an
Get the 411 on Directory Assistance
August 8, 2000
Financial columnist Jane Bryant Quinn recommends free online directory
assistance over pricey voice-based operators.
WASHINGTON POST -- The lowest-cost way to get information is not to
use the phone at all. For local calls, go to the phone book. For long-distance
calls, use one of the free directories on the Web. I've had the best luck
finding numbers with www.anywho.com, www.555-1212.com and www.yellowpages
555-1212.com Announces Mobile Directory Assistance for Wireless
August 2, 2000
BROADBAND INDUSTRY NEWS - 555-1212.com, the nation's leading Internet
directory information provider, today announced the launch of Mobile Directory
at the Phone.com? Unwired Universe 2000 conference. Mobile Directory provides
users with free services for looking up people, businesses, area codes
and country codes over Internet-enabled PDAs (personal digital assistants)
and wireless phones with the fewest keystrokes of any current mobile technology...
Find 'Em Anywhere with WAP
July 25, 2000
WIRELESS WEEK -- 555-1212.com is taking directory assistance to the Web.
The unwired Web, that is. The online information company launched its
WAP-based Mobile Directory at Phone.com's Unwired Universe 2000 conference
today. ...The system is set up specifically for mobile users with small
keyboards and needs few keystrokes to access data, the company says.
Features -- 50 Most Incredibly Useful Sites
June 14, 2000
Yahoo Internet Life -- The 555-1212.com Web site awarded one of the 10
Supremely Useful Sites of the 50 Most Incredibly Useful Sites (July 2000)
Instead of paying the expensive fees for Directory Assistance...
June 14, 2000
ST. LOUIS (KMOV)-- A Web Watch viewer from Florissant told us about www.555-1212.com.
This is one of many useful resources of its kind on-line. 555-1212.com
has a handful of features you can use.
555-1212.com listed in May 2000 Media Metrix 500.
June 12, 2000
The Media Metrix 500 includes an alphabetized list of the top 500 Digital
media sites, including Commercial Online Services, Internet Service Providers,
e-Commerce and other ad supported sites and applications that attract
the most "unique" visitors over the course of one month. 555-1212.com
is listed as one of the top 500 Digital Media sites for the month of May
Dot com 3, Channel 3 News' list of exciting, useful and interesting
June 12, 2000
Cleveland (WKYC) -- 555-1212.com, A powerful, no-frills people searcher.
Track down long-lost family, neighbors or friends with just a few bits
The practical Internet -- The Web allows you to be the taskmaster
May 28, 2000
DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE If you're looking for your old high school sweetheart's
out-of-town phone number, forget trips to the library for obscure white
pages or the toll call to 411. It's easier and cheaper to look up numbers
online. One site that offers a searchable national white pages is 555-1212.com.
Hold the phone! About 500 companies now push long-distance calling
plans. You need to be ready to fi
May 8, 2000
Another way to unintentionally inflate your bill to whopping proportions
is directory assistance. In 1998, Ameri- cans spent more than $5 billion
finding phone numbers. Again, the Internet can help. Web sites like www.555-1212.com,
... should be your first stop before calling the operator. Portable, Web-
ready devices are making it possible to do this even from road-side phone
Top 100 Bookmarked Sites Released by HotLinks
May 8, 2000
Mountain View, CA -- HotLinks (www.hotlinks.com) today unveiled the top
100 list of the most popular sites bookmarked by HotLinks members for
the month of April...555-1212.com ranked 71st on this list of the 100
Information, Pleeeeeeeaze?!? They don't know the numbers. They don't
live near you. They need help w
April 17, 2000
The Texas Public Utility Commission suggests that consumers do their homework:
Know how much you're paying, and shop around. Also, if you have Internet
access, use the numerous free directory assistance Web sites available.
What’s Out There
Personal Online Information
April 1, 2000
You'll no longer have to sit idly by as you wait to hear from someone
with whom you’ve lost contact. Old college roommates, adoptees,
and distant relatives can all find each other online. Thanks to the Web,
you can dig up contact information for almost anyone you seek as long
as you know where to start looking.
Unfortunately, many people are not listed in any online directory or
are listed with outdated contact information. Unlisted numbers do not
make it into online directories. Most online directories get their data
from telephone companies, and it often takes a long time for the information
to reach them. "One of the problems is that somebody signs up for a new
phone service and they want to be listed. Sometimes it takes awhile for
that information to percolate to the online directories," says Martin
Ogawa, vice president of marketing at 555-1212.com. If you have moved
in the last few months, these directories may list you at your previous
address and telephone number.
For Web sites that can help you keep your phone bill low.
February 1, 2000
"For Web sites that can help you keep your phone bill low"
Call "information" a few times and you'll run up a big bill.
All together, Americans spent more than $5 billion on directory assistance
in 1998. These six Web-based services give you listings for free.
Web Sites 'Dialing In" on AT&T; They Provide Directory Assistance
December 6, 1999
WASHINGTON When the strategists and political pulse-takers at the Republican
National Committee need a telephone number, they do NOT dial 411. Chairman
Jim Nicholson, trying to slim down the budget at GOP headquarters, issued
a directive to the staff in September:
Do not dial directory assistance to get a phone number. Use the Internet.
The Web site www.555-1212.com gets a half-million visitors a month,
according to Martin Ogawa, vice president for marketing. Gadgets such
as Palm Pilots and new Internet-ready cell phones make it quicker and
easier to look up a phone number on a Web site.
3 ways to get directory assistance on the cheap
November 1, 1999
When you need to find a number that isn't in your local phone book,
dialing an operator can be pricey and sometimes futile. Here are the best
ways to track down those digits.
The directory assistance industry raked in $3.6 billion in 1998 from
roughly 8 billion requests for help with finding a number, area code,
person or business. The problem is, in many cases, directory assistance
had no help to give.
555-1212.com allows you to search for phone numbers, no only by city,
but by area code. You can also find out if a domain name for a Web site
already has been claimed.
Have You Forgotten Your Friends? -- Disconnected Friendships
October 28, 1999
An Oprah guest used 555-1212.com to find and old friend.
Web Sites We Can't Live Without
April 30, 1999
There's a similar troubleshooting service for the telephone. Do you
have an area code but no idea which area ( and thus which time zone )
the code applies to? Do you have an international number but not the country
code that goes with it? Just go to 555-1212.com ( http://www.555-1212.com
) before you dial the phone, and you'll find the information you need.
Information Please Dialing Directory Assistance Getting Easier,
But It's Also Becoming Costlie
April 26, 1999
HERE's THE 411 on directory assistance: It's no longer just about dialing
Information to get the phone number of that new restaurant across town.
ONLINE DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE: If you have Internet access, you may want
to try checking these sites first. They are among many sites that search
for people, businesses and e-mail addresses: ...www.555-1212.com.
Internet Reunites Lost Friends, Relatives
April 5, 1999
Sondra Dellarippa, 36 had spent 10 years searching for her father, who
she last saw when she was 6. She went to adoption agencies but kept running
into dead ends. She even paid several hundred dollars to a search company.
"They came back with every last name except his," she said.
Two years ago, she went online and started using telephone directory
search engines such as 555-1212.com ...
Looking for Mr. Goodbar? Try the Internet
March 30, 1999
With the rapid pace of area code changes across the country, keeping
track of friends and relatives is harder than ever.
Two sites that stand out from the rest are 555.1212.com ...
Both are free and offer thorough white and yellow pages, international
directories and country codes.
At 555-1212.com, users can look up area codes for any city in the country.
The site keeps up with new area codes and also offers maps of the region
a user is looking for.
... 555-1212.com also does reverse lookups, meaning that if you only
have a phone number, you can plug it in and find the name and address
Florida Today - Directory Assistance Services Grow, So Do Price Differences
March 1, 1999
It's only fitting for the Information Age: There are more ways than
ever to dial for information. Old standbys remain 1-411 for local calls
and 1 (area code) 555-1212 for long distance.
For free directory assistance, check such Web sites as www.555-1212.com
January 1, 1999
Are you a budding private eye? Have a phone number but not the person's
name and address? Go to www.555-1212.com.. The "reverse lookup"
option at this site lets you use listed phone numbers to obtain addresses,
names, maps, and directions. The flip side? If your number is listed,
anybody can track you down.
A Better Idea? Yellow Page' Walking Fingers Take A Hike
December 16, 1998
After more than 40 years, the "Let Your Fingers Do the Walking"
campaign is about to walk off stage. America's Yellow Pages will get a
new logo and tag line next year as the nation's largest phone company
moves to reposition itself as more than just a place to get phone numbers.
The repositioning comes at a time when the Yellow Pages is facing fierce
competition from other resources, such as the Internet. Several online
phone directories have popped up in recent years, including, ... 555-1212.com
Jobless? Don't Wait By The Telephone -- Use It
December 12, 1998
The new "National Job Directory: The Job Finders Hot List"
by Sue Cubbage and Marcia Williams says there are 6,600 job hot lines
in the country and list them by state within broad industries such as
computers, education, government, financial, hospitality, medical and
health care, retail and miscellaneous.
One problem with telephoning is that area codes keep changing.
Among the book's useful tips for friends who do have computers and are
online is to use the Web to update area codes for free.
Try these Web sites: http://www.555-1212.com ...
Watching the I-Detectives
November 23, 1998
The Net has transformed the work of sleuths who use public information
to solve personal problems. Not everyone's happy about it.
The P.I. switches to other public records databases that track marriage
licenses, divorce filings and court records. Eventually, he finds the
deed of sale for a Lake Tahoe home sold by one Susan Johnson to a man
named Javitz. He plugs the name into 555-1212.com and scrolls down until
he finds the right Javitz.
Pac Bell Asks for National 411 Plan / 95 cents to find any phone number
October 31, 1998
Finding a long-distance phone number anywhere in the country may soon
be as easy as dialing 411. Pacific Bell has asked state regulators for
approval to offer national directory assistance to local phone customers
in California, at 95 cents a pop. If the request is approved, Pac Bell
customers could get a number for any city in the country just by dialing
Other regional Bell operating companies such as Chicago-based Ameritech
Corp., also offer national directory assistance in the states they serve
and most area codes can be found on the Web at www.555.1212.com.
Letting your fingers walk on the Internet for phone numbers
October 12, 1998
Many people are increasingly by-passing telephone directory assistance
and using the Internet to help themselves to a universe of phone numbers.
The operators of 555-1212.com say usage increased 209% between April
The Fastest Way To...
March 1, 1998
Push, shmush. Do you think waiting for push information is for sloths?
Here are 15 of the fastest darn tootin' ways to:
Get directory assistance http://www.555-1212.com/area_codes.cfm. Look
up area codes by city or find a city using the area code. At 555-1212.com's
Fast Area Code Look-Up, you're the only operator--and you save the 50
cents to $1 charge for a directory assistance call.