I hate paying for directory assistance. But, as we are all living "on the go", it's hard to have every phone number handy. It's also convenient to make appointments and make a few short calls as you are waiting for the kids at dance class/soccer/swim/hockey etc.
I had been using 1-800-FREE411. This service is toll free, but has become so cumbersome with ads, that I really dislike using it.
A friend told me about something new, and I just have to share here: Google has introduced a free voice activated directory assistance. It's well worth the addition to your contact list.
1-800-GOOG411. The voice recognition is great, so you don't get Bonnie's Bar when you wanted Johnny's Car.
Check out the How To Video Here: http://www.google.com/goog411