Google via SMS

Did you know that you can search Google on your phone, just by using SMS? That's right-- you don't need a fancy Web-browsing phone or an expensive Internet access subscription package. All you need is text messaging and a little know-how.

Here's how it works: You send a message to Google's SMS number (46645 -- that spells GOOGL on your phone's keypad) and within seconds Google sends an SMS message (or two or three) back to you with the results. Easy!

For example, suppose you wanted to find a pizzeria in for the ZIP code 94401. Bring up your phone's text messaging screen and enter the message

pizza 94401

Then send it to 46645. (That's an SMS "short code," so it's only 5 digits long instead of the usual 10 digits that most phone numbers are. Don't worry--it'll work.) After you hit "Send," wait a minute.

After Google searches its database it will send the results to you in an SMS message or two. The results will usually include a phone number, address, and the distance and direction from the center of your ZIP code. Here are the two messages Google SMS sent after that search recently:

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria
69 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
650-343-9392
0.7 mi, SW


Pizza Hut: San Mateo
670 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
650-548-0200
0.4 mi, S


You can do many other business listing searches by ZIP code or city name, such as florist 90210 or barber san francisco or even specific business names like nordstrom seattle.

You can use Google SMS to search for publicly listed personal names and numbers: John Doe Williamstown MA

You can get movie showtimes by entering the movie's name and a ZIP code: pirates caribbean 94101

You can even get driving directions via Google SMS, by using "from" and "to" in your query. Here's an example: from SFO to 101 second san francisco

Here are some more tips on using Google SMS.

There are many other ways to use Google via text messaging. For details, check out the Google SMS how-to guide. Or bookmark this site, SMS 411.net, and come back soon--I'll have lots more handy information on how to use Google SMS and other services like it.

Comments:
Thanks for the tip, Dylan. Googling turns out to be cheaper than calling 411, too.
--mh
 
Good point, Mark -- Cingular charges $1.50 for a 411 call, but if you can get the same information via a few $0.10 SMS messages, you've saved at least a dollar each time you use it!
 
I had no idea! This is so cool!
 
This is great stuff, thanks!
 
This is a great thing man!Why it is not known by many people?
The cell phone companies are just trying to ake money out of people by selling them their internet services!
 
Anyone know why this does not work for the T Mobile provider for someone not too savy like myself?
 
T-Mobile now considers *short codes* to be spam, not only google, but several other short code sms services are blocked.

I'm still attempting to find a way around this.

"GOOGL" used to work great on T-Mobile too!

Needless to say, I'm rather angry at T-Mobile, bad decision.
 
This does NOT work for Sprint. I think they must be converting the google bounce back from a simple SMS message into a phone web browser message (so they can charge more money...)

Anybodyknow of a work around for sprint? I have unlimited SMS messages, but phone web browser is shut off.

thanks in advance
zipzit
 
Turn off your caller id when you send SMS and it seems to work fine with T-Mobile.
 
Turning off your caller ID to use google sms codes does NOT work on my Side Kick 3. :/
 
Worked for me on Sprint. I have a Centro.
 
Working fine on Tmobile for me.
 
I've been using this for months on my iPhone but last week, it stopped giving me the phone number. Now if I type a business name, it only gives me an address. Any suggestions how to get it to work again? Thanks
 
Google has actually changed their SMS number to 466-453 (spells GOOGLE on your phone). I think the old number still works, but this new number will work also.
 
It works fine on sprint, you are an idiot if you can't make it work. Learn to use a phone for crying out loud, this is about as simple and basic as it gets folks...
 
The Google txt msg service does not work on ANY phone, or any carrier through which you have a pre-paid service.
That is Googles policy.

You can find that statement on Googles website.
 
The Google txt msg service DOES work on MY phone, which IS a pre-paid service.
THAT is Googles policy.
 
FOR FREE INFORMATION USE
800 373-3411 (FREE411)ON ANY PHONE.
 
For those who prefer a human to a google there's textamundo.com. It's an SMS service that answers any question and works worldwide.
 
I have t mobile and it works fine for me. i have unlimited msgs would this be included in my plan or do they charge you extra?
 
Any idea how often people use SMS 411 type services on average? 4-5 times per month?
 
Source :
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D. Mahavir
No.4, 4th Cross Bhavananthiar street,
Sembakkam,
Chennai- 600 073
Tamilnadu,
India.
Mobile : 9790831964
E-Mail : d.mahavir@yahoo.co.in

New Technic to send directions to sms
-------------------------------------

Here we describe a new technic to send directions
to sms.

You have to specify how many turning you have to skip...
Then specify what direction you have to turn...

For example, What this means...

12,U,3,L,3,R

Here first skip 12 turnings...
Then make a U turn...
Then skip 3 turnings...
Then turn left...
Then skip 3 turnings ...
Then turn right...

Easy!!!
 
Source :
--------
D. Mahavir
No.4, 4th Cross Bhavananthiar street,
Sembakkam,
Chennai- 600 073
Tamilnadu,
India.
Mobile : 9790831964
E-Mail : d.mahavir@yahoo.co.in

New Technic to send directions to sms
-------------------------------------

Here we describe a new technic to send directions
to sms.

You have to specify how many turning you have to skip...
Then specify what direction you have to turn...

For example, What this means...

12,U,3,L,3,R

Here first skip 12 turnings...
Then make a U turn...
Then skip 3 turnings...
Then turn left...
Then skip 3 turnings ...
Then turn right...

Easy!!!
 
Has anyone else noticed that google has stopped giving out the telephone numbers on their text 411 service? Now it's just the business name & address. That's too bad, because it was really convenient before. :^(
 

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