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).
Now for a few examples!
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.