Internet Tip - SMS Search Services. Get Valuable information sent to your cellular phone.

Created: November 10, 2006
Last Modified: June 18, 2013
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SMS stands for Short Message System. It is the system used for text messages on cell phones. It allows 160 characters to be sent to a cell phone.

I have been looking for good SMS Search Services available for mobile phone users and here is a list of what I have come up with. There are many great text alert services out there. But I was looking for something different. I was looking for services that let you send a text and then you get valuable information sent back to you.

Yahoo SMS (92466)

Editor Note: As of 6/1/2013 Yahoo SMS does not seem to work. Whatever I ask for the return text is: "Unfortunately we were unable to understand your request. Please try again"

Yahoo SMS lets you send a text message to Yahoo at 92466 (Yahoo). Then Yahoo sends a text message back to your cellular phone providing valuable information such as local listings, weather, wifi hotspot locator, area code finder, zip code finder and dictionary.

For a demo go to: http://mobile.yahoo.com/search/smsdemo

Google SMS (46645)

Note: As of 5/10/2013 Google SMS has been shut down.

Google SMS lets you send a text message to Google at 46645 (GOOGL). Then Google sends a text message back giving you valuable information such as local listings, weather, movie times, translation, area code finder, price finder, dictionary and more.

For a demo go to: http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/sms/

CONS:
  • Sometimes I send a text message to Google SMS and I never get a reply.
  • One time I was looking for the phone number to a resturaunt in Monterey. I texted Google with "Rosines 93940". Google replied saying it could not find the listing. So I texted Google about 5 more times with different spellings even though I spelled it correctly the first time. I gave up and tried Yahoo. Yahoo correctly gave me the address and phone number.

4INFO (44636)

4INFO lets you send a text message to 44636 (4INFO) and then they send a text message back to your phone with valuable information such as local listings, sports scores, wifi hotspot locations, package tracking, weather, flight status, tv listings, drink recipes, price finder, jokes and more.

For a demo go to: http://alerts.4info.com/

ChaCha (242242) or 1-800-2ChaCha

Simply ask your question like you are talking to a smart friend and ChaCha's advanced technology instantly routes it to the most knowledgeable person on that topic in our Guide community. Your answer is then returned to your phone as a text message within a few minutes. Go to http://www.chacha.com/ for info.

Send SMS from Computer

The best program to send SMS text messages from your computer in my opinion is AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) or AOL (America Online). Many websites offer the ability to send messages to cell phones but generally there is no way for the recipient to reply to your text message. But AIM lets you chat back and forth through SMS. Other services such as Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger also offer SMS to cell phones, however, both of those don't seem to work with every cell phone. But AIM seems to work with every cell phone. Go to: http://www.aim.com/

Find Free CO-OP ATM Machines

Before you take your next road trip, be sure that you know exactly where to get your cash for free. Text your location - city, state or zip code - to 692667 (MYCOOP) from any mobile phone. It will text you back with nearby CO-OP surcharge free ATM machine locations. More info here.

Yellow Pages SMS

Text a message to YP411 (97411) and get locations or directions. Just text "pizza" along with the city and state or ZIP code to YP411 (97411). To get driving directions back from the business to your starting point using your city, state and ZIP code: FROM 99 to Glendale, CA 91203. For more info see: http://www.yellowpages.com/products

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1. Posted By: francis - - April 10, 2007, 4:10 am
hey here is the best offer just click on the link and send sms where ever in india........
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2. Posted By: Baby dee - - November 8, 2007, 11:23 pm


3. Posted By: cdsol - - November 27, 2007, 9:58 am
Be careful! I am now getting unsolicited junk text messages from Limbo.com (41414) which followed my sending a price querry to Google (46636) and another site (46645)whose name I don't remember. Apparently one of them puts your phone on a junk list!

What a pain!

4. Posted By: Robert D - - March 20, 2012, 11:23 am
Ummm Google is 46656 not 46636 so that's probably why you are getting junk texts now, you misdialed. Just FYI :)

5. Posted By: pramod kumar - - June 14, 2013, 1:30 am
It is very nice posting,
if need info/
mnatives.com/sms-solutions.aspx

6. Posted By: Eric - - June 15, 2013, 10:26 am
4INFO has a terrific news search. Google SMS has been shut down. Yahoo SMS now requires you to sign in and have a Yahoo ID. CooCoo has a terrific Wikipedia search.

I want to add one more new SVC to the list: SMIR.CH. this one aims to basically be a one-stop, get call your answers in one place, service. Visit sign up.SMIR.CH to check it out.