At the start of June I published some research on the ValueIreland.com website regarding the relative costs of the different directory enquiry options available across the different phone service providers.
This article recently in the Irish Examiner details a new text service which will provide directory enquiries on your mobile. The service is called Text Express and can also be accessed online at www.53939.ie.
According to the article, Mark Flanagan who is behind the service said:
Text Express replaces the waiting and expense of phoning premium directory enquiries numbers by providing a text service that costs just 60c as compared to as much as 71c with 11890, 96c with 11811 and 1.14c for 11850.
As above, this service costs €0.60 per text (though it’s not clear if that includes the operator text cost as well).
I’ve tried the service a couple of times. I’ve found it most useful when you just need a generic service and don’t really care who you’re going to use, as highlighted in the website – “taxi Limerick” or “pizza Galway”. I did find that trying to find a specific business took 3 attempts to get the number I was looking for.