Daily Archives: April 26, 2011

$2.50 for 411

Last week, my co-workers and I decided to try a new lunch place.  But since we weren’t sure of exactly where it was, she suggested I try calling 411 on cell phone.  I asked her if it cost money, and her reply was, “Yea, but like $0.25.  I use it all the time and it’s great!”

Side note: 411 is like a talking phonebook service where you can call in looking for a business, and they direct you to a number.  

Fast forward to this week when I got my phonebill.   My cell phone usually comes to about $40 (including everything), so you can imagine my surprise when my bill was higher than expected.  It turns out that the 411 call I made cost me $2.50 plus tax!

Holy moly.

I didn’t want to sound like a complete cheapskate, but I also found it a bit alarming that my co-worker has been using this service for however long without realizing how much it was costing her.

Do you check your bills for everything?  Have you had any similar “surprises” that has happened to you?



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