Google on your cell phone.

Google SMS (Short Message Service) enables you to easily get 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. Just the answers you’re looking to find. Hopefully!

Here’s how:

  1. Enter your query as a text message. See some sample queries.
  2. Send the message to the US shortcode 46645 (GOOGL on most phones).
  3. Receive a text message (or messages) with your results, usually within a minute. Results may be labeled as “1of3”, “2of3”, etc.
  4. To get Google SMS help info sent directly to your phone, send the word ‘help’ as a text message to 46645.

To get business listings try something like:

  • Enter what you want to find. You can search for either a specific business (Pizza Hut) or a general service (pizza).
  • Make sure to include both a city and state, or a zip code with your search terms.
  • If you want to make sure you get Google Local results, put a period between the business name and the location (‘pizza.10013′ or ‘pottery barn.boston ma’)’.

Sample queries:

  • pizza new york ny
  • home depot 10013
  • home depot.10013

To get residential listings from PhoneBook

To see residential listings, use any of the following combinations as your query:

  • first name, last name, city and state
  • first name, last name, state
  • first name, last name, area code
  • first name, last name, zip code
  • phone number, including area code
  • last name, city, state
  • last name, zip code

Sample queries:

  • john smith palo alto ca
  • 650-555-1234
  • B Walsh, 90210

To get defenitions of words
Find definitions for a word or phrase on the Web:

  • Enter ‘define’ followed by the word or phrase
  • Or use the shortcut ‘D’ before the search terms
  • Google SMS is not case sensitive, so ‘D’ and ‘d’ are the same

Sample queries:

  • define prosimian
  • D Gordian knot
  • d crepuscular

There is lots more

  • Search Result snippets (send “g” before search items)
  • Calculator
  • Area Code look up
  • Zip Code look up

Go to sms.google.com to find out more and get on their mailing list.

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