Google Short Message Service
Just stumbled across Google SMS.
Although people like me still using ancient mobile phones which predated the mobile internet (such as my trusty prepaid Nokia nk402) may not miss being able to access the web on the move, sometimes conversation brings something up which make you wish you had a search engine handy.
Whilst down the pub I often vow to look up a little intriguing something or other as soon as I get home, only to have completely forgotten once back at the Powersurge residence.
Well, from now Google SMS will come to the rescue.
Send a simple text message to "64664" ("6GOOG") and you'll get texted the results of your query.
As well as business listings (using Google Local data), directions, film showtimes (including average critics rating!), definitions ("define") and facts and figures, you can get it to return "web snippets" from the Big G's main search engine (by including a "G" in the search terms).
Which is nice. 'Cos now you can read the whole of VSX, in tiny little pieces, by using 'g "viper squad ten"' and the last word or two of the previously-quotes snippet. Which I'm sure you'll all be doing.
4INFO (shortcode 44636) has a similar text message offering, but provides a few services that Google does not: sports scores ("packers" "nfl"), fantasy stats ("joe crede" "priest holmes"), flight times ("swa san jose san diego") and a beta version of mobile download search. All these services can be accessed via sms (44636), wap (http://wap.4INFO.net ), or email to search@4INFO.net.
Why 4INFO instead of Google? ?When asked recently for the address of a trendy downtown Manhattan club called Butter, both 4Info and Yahoo! located it on the first try. But Google sent back results better suited to baking.? - Wendy Widman, Forbes.com. 8/3/2005