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by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
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Get Google Search results by SMS, talking to iPhone

Update (2013-05-16) - Google SMS Search has been shutdown. The txtWeb platform has some useful SMS-based apps to check a rail ticket's PNR status, spot current location of a train, know weather forecast for a specified city etc.

Update (11/Aug/2014): txtWeb will now work only with the number 51115 and according to info on their home page the number is valid on Idea, Tata Docomo, Airtel, Vodafone (upto Rs 1/SMS)

Google has a cool new feature for India - Google SMS. You can send a search query by SMS & get back results by SMS without paying any premium charges. Considering that a majority of Indian mobile users don't have handsets that support Internet browsing, this should go well with tech savvy folks who need answers on the go. Let's say you wanted the dollar-rupee conversion rate, type 1$=?INR & send to 9-77-33-00000. The results will be delivered by a return SMS.




I just hope the app doesn't learn to talk back. Imagine, if it say's - What? You don't know that?

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