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4-1-1 is the telephone number for local directory assistance in Canada and the United States.wikipedia
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Directory assistance

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4-1-1 is the telephone number for local directory assistance in Canada and the United States.
In the North American Numbering Plan (covering Canada and the United States), directory assistance may be contacted by dialing 4-1-1 (one of the N11 codes).

GOOG-411

Google Voice Local Search
It was an alternative to 4-1-1, an often-expensive service provided by local and long-distance phone companies, and was therefore commonly known as Google 411.

1-800-FREE-411

Jingle Networks
Since the 1984 Bell System divestiture, the RBOCs in the United States have priced 4-1-1 use higher to an average of $1.25 USD per call, compared to $0.50 CAD in most of Canada, providing opportunities for competing services in the United States, such as ad-sponsored 1-800-FREE-411.

Tellme Networks

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Some of the services running on Tellme's network include directory assistance (4-1-1) for AT&T and Verizon (landline), AT&T's Voice Dial (*08), customer service for Merrill Lynch, E*TRADE Financial, and American Airlines, and e-commerce services for Fandango.

Telephone

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4-1-1 is the telephone number for local directory assistance in Canada and the United States.

Canada

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4-1-1 is the telephone number for local directory assistance in Canada and the United States.

United States

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4-1-1 is the telephone number for local directory assistance in Canada and the United States.

Slang

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4-1-1 is commonly used in Canada and the United States as a slang word for "information" or "gossip".

Jump to It (song)

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In the 1982 song "Jump to It" by American singer Aretha Franklin, for example, the lyric runs "We have a lot of fun, don't we, girl, dishin' outThe dirt on everybody and givin' each other the 411".

Aretha Franklin

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In the 1982 song "Jump to It" by American singer Aretha Franklin, for example, the lyric runs "We have a lot of fun, don't we, girl, dishin' outThe dirt on everybody and givin' each other the 411".

New York City

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The number has been used since at least 1930 in New York City, San Francisco, and other large cities where panel and crossbar switching equipment installed by the Bell System was prevalent.

San Francisco

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The number has been used since at least 1930 in New York City, San Francisco, and other large cities where panel and crossbar switching equipment installed by the Bell System was prevalent.

Panel switch

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The number has been used since at least 1930 in New York City, San Francisco, and other large cities where panel and crossbar switching equipment installed by the Bell System was prevalent.

Number One Crossbar Switching System

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The number has been used since at least 1930 in New York City, San Francisco, and other large cities where panel and crossbar switching equipment installed by the Bell System was prevalent.

Telephone exchange

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The number has been used since at least 1930 in New York City, San Francisco, and other large cities where panel and crossbar switching equipment installed by the Bell System was prevalent.

Bell System

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The number has been used since at least 1930 in New York City, San Francisco, and other large cities where panel and crossbar switching equipment installed by the Bell System was prevalent.

GTE

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However, in smaller Bell System cities and almost all areas served by GTE and other companies where step-by-step equipment was the norm such as Los Angeles, 1-1-3 was used until at least the 1960s, and in some cases (the Pacific Northwest, for example) until the mid-1980s.

Strowger switch

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However, in smaller Bell System cities and almost all areas served by GTE and other companies where step-by-step equipment was the norm such as Los Angeles, 1-1-3 was used until at least the 1960s, and in some cases (the Pacific Northwest, for example) until the mid-1980s.

Los Angeles

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However, in smaller Bell System cities and almost all areas served by GTE and other companies where step-by-step equipment was the norm such as Los Angeles, 1-1-3 was used until at least the 1960s, and in some cases (the Pacific Northwest, for example) until the mid-1980s.

Pacific Northwest

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However, in smaller Bell System cities and almost all areas served by GTE and other companies where step-by-step equipment was the norm such as Los Angeles, 1-1-3 was used until at least the 1960s, and in some cases (the Pacific Northwest, for example) until the mid-1980s.

Long-distance calling

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When long-distance numbers were needed, prior to the full introduction of direct-dialed long-distance service, callers would call either 4-1-1 or "0" (Operator) and request a free long-distance connection to the directory assistance center in the distant city.

Operator assistance

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When long-distance numbers were needed, prior to the full introduction of direct-dialed long-distance service, callers would call either 4-1-1 or "0" (Operator) and request a free long-distance connection to the directory assistance center in the distant city.

Telephone numbering plan

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The number in cities with panel and crossbar switching equipment was area code-555-1212, whereas in cities with step-by-step equipment the number was 1-555-1212 (or 112-555-1212) for numbers not local but in the same area code and 1-area code-555-1212 (or 112-area code-555-1212) for numbers in other area codes.

Competitive local exchange carrier

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After the introduction of local exchange competition, most telephone companies outsourced directory assistance service to nationwide call centers.