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Scoot to Offer Free Enquiry Service

Scoot.com plc has announced that it will be offering a free directory enquiry service via its scoot.co.uk Web site, beginning June 28. Users who register will receive all business and residential enquiries free of charge.

Although full details were not revealed, Scoot said that a "powerful organisation" has agreed in principle to sponsor the site as part of the new service.

Every year in the UK, people make over 700 million directory enquiries, many of them business enquiries that overlap with Scoot's traditional service. Eventually, said the publisher, the Scoot service and the new directory enquiries product will be fully integrated.

Currently, BT charges users 35p (56 cents) for calls to its UK directory enquiries service, although anyone may ask for two numbers on one call. To get the BT service for free, users need to be registered as being blind or disabled. BT's international directory enquiries (dial 153 in the UK) costs 80p ($1.28) per call, and it gets billed even if the operator cannot find the number.