Scott Hanselman

Google SMS launches

October 08, 2004 Comment on this post [3] Posted in Musings
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Wow…on a Blackberry this is WAY faster and more useful than the WAP browser.  I did a Google 97229 and found my local Target. :) 

Google SMSHow cool is this: With the new Google SMS service, you can do basic Google queries from any SMS-capable phone (which is darn near all of them) by sending text messages to 46645 (GOOGL).  Results usually come within a minute, and are text-based only - no links or other craziness that could screw up an SMS.  So far, you can get local business listings, product prices and comparisons, dictionary definitions, and more is planned soon (or already there and they just haven’t told us about it yet).  So, for instance, enter something like “Starbucks 10016” and you’ll get a response with nearest place to get burnt-tasting, overpriced coffee.  Well, near us, anyway, unless you change the “10016.”  Give it a go and let us know how it works for you.  So far our results have been positive.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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October 20, 2004 2:35
That IS cool.

Actually, in the UK if you call information and request a phone number they'll text it to you as well as reading it out/connecting you so you don't have to call 411 everytime you want to order chinese on the way home and have again forgotten to store the damn number in the phone.
February 19, 2005 5:59
I tried to use Google SMS and I got a response "Access Denied".

I have been using Koffee-Break SMS since then and have found it very useful. Much more services and more useful responses. For example: price comparison make sense when I can find out whats the average from 10 different merchants. Apart from this, my friends in Germany and Australia use the local search services from Koffee-Break on their cell phone as well.
March 13, 2005 11:57
Koffee-Break offers services for UK as well. I noticed it today. They offer FREE directory services (yellow pages) and comparison pricing information. They really add a lot of services.

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