Something I have found quite useful lately is texting messages (SMS) to Google for information.
It is so easy, I prefer it to using the internet on my computer or iPhone for things like movies and showtimes, defining a word, getting directions, or finding a restaurant.
This is useful for people in the US, so keep that in mind. Yes, i know people abroad have been using this, but we haven’t gotten into texting so much because our mobile voice calls are so cheap.
Any phone with texting ability can be used for these free Google services. On my mobile plan I get unlimited texts, so I pay nothing to send or receive texts.
If I want to know what movies are playing in my area, I text “M” to 46645 (which is GOOGL on the number pad). Within five seconds I receive a free text message with three movie choices. If I don’t like these, I reply with “Next” and get more movie choices. Along with the movie choices, I get showtimes and cinema locations.
If I want to define a word, I text “d” and the word. Voila, the answer in five seconds and no bunny trail of search results.
I could even get directions using this thing. Sports scores. Stock prices.
Go check out this simple tool. I know it’s been around for a while, but even my teenagers who RULE when it comes to texting didn’t know about this. It might end up helping them get out of a jam in the future.
Google explains it best right here. You could also just text “help” to 46645 just to find out what you could do with this thing.