Google SMS is a free search service, from Google search engine, that enables a mobile phone user send search queries via SMS and receive results/answers in one or more text messages.
Google SMS search removes the need for internet connection when searching for information. Google SMS Search is currently supported in Nigeria by MTN at N10 per SMS received. Other Nigerian networks may join soon.
With Google SMS search, you can search for word definitions, news headlines, sports results, exchange rates, stock quotes, horoscope, verses of religious text, weather reports, and time of the day in any city.
Google SMS search can also provide word translations in different languages as well as provide answers to questions with short answers.
Try Google SMS for free, visit Google SMS demo page
How to use Google SMS
All you need to access Google SMS is a mobile phone. You also need to be a subscriber to a network that supports Google SMS. In Nigeria, only MTN currently support Google SMS service, other networks may follow soon.
To search for any information, simply send your search query to 4664. Just open the SMS editor on your mobile phone, type your search query ensuring that you include relevant keywords in your search term, and send to 4664.
You will receive your results/answers via SMS in minutes on your mobile phone. Although this service is free from Google, normal SMS charges from your network will apply for usage.
MTN is the only network that support Google SMS search in Nigeria. Note that each SMS costs 10 Naira from MTN. You must also send one search query per text message.
Try Google SMS for free visit Google SMS demo page
When using Google SMS you must make sure, you use relevant keywords in your search term. It is also a good idea to make searches as short as possible. For example to get word definition you should precede the word with the keyword define like define technology.
To get news precede the subject with keyword news like news Obama. To translate a word from English to another language precede word with keyword translate, do not forget to include the language the word should be translated to.
For example to translate technology to French, send translate technology in French to 4664. Discover what the time is in any city in the world using Google SMS. To receive the time in London, send Time London to 4664.
Make your search query as short as possible. For example instead of sending the search term what was the result of Chelsea match, simply send Score Chelsea.
With Google SMS search, you can receive answers to questions with short answers (Q/A). For example SMS gdp Nigeria and receive the GDP of Nigeria via SMS. You can also convert from one unit or currency to another.
When using Google SMS it is important to request for information that will not require many characters.
Benefits of Google SMS
Google SMS is convenient. Need to know the current conversion for 250 US Dollars in Naira, just SMS 250 USD in NGN to 4664 and in a few minutes, you will receive your result via SMS on your mobile phone, no need for an internet connection or an expensive smartphone. Any mobile phone can send and receive SMS. Therefore, anybody can use Google SMS search.
With Google SMS, you do not need to carry your dictionary everywhere, you can check the meaning of any word, simply SMS the word preceded by define to 4664 and in a few minutes, you will receive the word definition on your mobile phone.
Google SMS extends the features of your mobile phone, turning your mobile phone to a dictionary, bible, online currency converter, word translator, news feed, and more. Even the most basic of mobile phones can use Google SMS search.
Why SMS Search
Short Messaging Service, SMS is one of the most popular means of communication today, more popular than email. In most emerging markets (developing countries) like Nigeria, internet penetration is still low while mobile phone uptake is on the increase, making mobile phones a great platform for information dissemination.
SMS removes the need for internet access when searching for certain type of information. Mobile phone networks are also more widespread than internet networks. Google SMS search does not require any special hardware or expensive mobile phones. Any mobile phone can access Google SMS search making it available to most people.
Google SMS is likely to bridge the information gap further, making information easily available. With Google SMS, you do not need to go online to check latest scores of your favourite team.
Google SMS is a great service; it is not a surprise that this service is coming from Google.
Read about Google SMS Search at the Official Google Blog
Try Google SMS for free visit Google SMS demo page
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