Answers on a text please.   the more you know.
Ah, this is one of the best things I've seen in a long while. Text a simple question to Google SMS on 64664 and it sends you an almost instant answer. Works for business listings, driving directions, film times, basic facts, product prices (through Froogle), translations, and currency conversions. Keep it simple though. "broken flowers w1" told me exactly what I needed (ie when the film is showing tonight in the West End), "events tonight barbican" didn't (no results returned). They've got a free online demo and when you use it from your phone the only cost is the cost your mobile provider charges you for sending the text message.
17 Dec, 2005 | technology

4INFO (shortcode 44636) has a similar mobile search text message offering, but provides several additional services that Google does not: sports scores ("lakers" "nfl"), fantasy stats ("kobe bryant" "randy moss"), 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 at , or at

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, 8/3/2005

posted by Bob Roth on December 19, 2005 08:42 PM

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