Now you know that Google SMS can help you get useful information via text messaging. What else can you do with this handy free service? A lot, including currency conversions, calculations, and even translations!
The key to all of these Google SMS searches is to enter a word describing the kind of search you want to do first, followed by the query. Once you've entered your request, just send the text message via SMS to 46645 -- that spells "GOOGL" on your keypad. Remember to enter the digits "46645," not the letters (those letters are just to help you remember the code).
Dictionary definitions: Enter the word "define" followed by a word. Example: define supernumerary
Translations: Enter the word "translate" followed by an English word, then the word "in" and the name of the language you want. Example: translate coffee in French
Price lookups: At the store and want to find out if you're getting a fair price on something? Do a Froogle search on the fly, via SMS, by entering the word "price" followed by a product. Example: price 40GB ipod
Calculator: Sure, your phone probably has a calculator app that can do simple multiplication and division. But Google SMS can do fancy geometric and engineering calculations with figures in many kinds of units. Here's an example: 400 * 500 feet in acres
Currency conversions: Want to know how far your dollar will go in Germany? Enter a number of dollars followed by "usd" (for U.S. Dollars) followed by "in" and the name of a currency. Example: 100 usd in euros
Find out where an area code or ZIP code is: Just enter the code and send it to Google. Example: 650
Sports scores and game times: Just enter the name of a team and Google SMS replies with the most recent game's score and the date and time of the next one. Example: sf giants
Need help using Google SMS? Just send the word "help" in an SMS message to Google, and it will send a helpful mini-guide back to you. Or send the word "tips" for some shortcuts you can use with Google SMS.
I want to hear from you! Use the comments link (below) to give me your comments, questions, or corrections. # posted by Dylan @ 7/24/2006
OMG! This is soooooooooo very thankful. I want a fancy PDA phone (just for looks; call me vain), but don't want to add an internet package to my bill! Knowing these SMS tips will certainly help me out! :-)
I just found out about google SMS a few weeks ago and it is great....i use all the time for sports scores, definitions, information about businesss. I am moving to Indianapolis from a small city and it may be helpful with directions as well. It is great for cheapsters who do not want to pay for the internet on their phone
Does anyone know where you can get good software similar to Google's for a business? I'm looking for something that would allow clients to text a term to our number and then we'd text an automated response back based on what they requested.