Monday, October 02, 2006

Google SMS

I recently discovered this cool feature from Google that allows you to send a text message to Google from any mobile phone and then Google will text back free information (such as driving directions, phone listings, translations) to you. It's actually an old feature (who knew!) that I just uncovered.

SMS Quick Start

1. Start a new text message and type in your search query

2. Send the message to the number "46645" (GOOGL)

3. You'll receive text message(s) with results

Here are some examples:

Local listings: hospital San Jose CA
Driving directions : pasadena CA to santa monica CA
Movies : world trade center 94110*
Weather : weather dallas tx
Stock quotes : tgt
Q&A : population of Japan
Glossary : define prosimian
Translation : translate coffee in french
Froogle : price mp3 player
Zip code : 94043
Area code : 650
Calculator : 160 pounds * 4000 feet in calories
Currency conversion : 5 usd in yen
Sports : ny jets
Help : help
Tips : tips

You can go HERE to enter terms into a sample phone to get a feel for how it works.

The only cost is a normal text message cost from your provider. This is a great feature when you are on the road and away from your computer or an internet connection. You can send a text message to 46645 and get directions, phone numbers, language translations, many things! Check out Google's site for specific instructions.

Google SMS