Google SMS

Google released a new service enabling you to use SMS to run searches. This service as of now is available only in the US. As their FAQ states e.g. Right now, Google SMS only works in the U.S. We’re working hard to make it available when and wherever you’re on the go. In the meantime, how about a little slice of heaven in Little Italy? (try ‘pizza 10013’) (that is a New York zip code for those outside of US). This service includes information like:

  • Phone book listings, including addresses and phone numbers for US businesses and residences.
  • Online product prices for comparison shopping.
  • Answers using Google’s calculator function.
  • Dictionary definitions

How to sending a query?

  • What’s the number I should send queries to?
    • The 5-digit US shortcode 46645 (which corresponds to GOOGL on most phones)
  • Are queries case-sensitive?
    • Nope. You can type ‘help’ and we’ll come to the rescue just as quickly as if you’d typed ‘HELP’.
  • I have big fingers and a tiny keyboard. Can you spare me some typing with a few shortcuts?
    • Glad you asked. We built some nifty shortcuts into Google SMS that should save you from severe finger cramping.
      • Put a period between the business name and the location to make sure you get business listings (‘pizza.10013’ or ‘pottery barn.boston ma’)’
      • Use ‘D’ or ‘Define’ before the word for dictionary definitions (‘D prosimian’)
      • Use ‘F’ before the product, or ‘price’ or ‘prices’ at the beginning or end of your query to find prices using Froogle (‘F Sony Handycam’ or ‘Sony Handycam price’)

Google SMS (Short Message Service) enables you to easily get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device. Send your query as a text message and get phone book listings, dictionary definitions, product prices and more. Just text. No links. No web pages. Simply the answers you’re looking to find.

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Amit Bahree

This blog is my personal blog and while it does reflect my experiences in my professional life, this is just my thoughts. Most of the entries are technical though sometimes they can vary from the wacky to even political – however that is quite rare. Quite often, I have been asked what’s up with the “gibberish” and the funny title of the blog? Some people even going the extra step to say that, this is a virus that infected their system (ahem) well. [:D] It actually is quite simple, and if you have still not figured out then check out this link – whats in a name?

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