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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Free SMS Services

It's difficult to find sources of free SMS services, other than what I already found. I pretty much keep on running into the big three (or the big two plus the little one):

Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., as well as the smaller 4Info Inc., are now offering text-messaging search features that allow users to send a query to the search engines via text message and receive a reply within seconds.

The three work in a similar fashion: To use the service, a user sends a text message with the search request to the five-digit number for YAHOO (92466) or GOOGL (46645) or 4INFO (44636).

4INFO tries to be unique in some ways. For example, if you text "pickup" or "pu," you can receive all sorts of pickup lines:

If I received a nickel for everytime I saw someone as beautiful as you, I'd have five cents.

I wonder what our children will look like.

Excuse me, do you have any raisins? How about a date?

Trust me, this list was edited extremely.

Among the more useful services is the hotspot service. Here are the results for "hotspot 91761":

201 S Plum Ave.
Ontario,CA 91761

Soft Touch Car Wash
5246 Riverside Dr
Chino,CA 91710
Car Wash

(2/2)Ontario Chamber of Commerce
421B North Euclid Avenue
Ontario,CA 91762

1107 East 4th Street
Ontario,CA 91764

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Blogger bigBADbobby said...

One of 4INFO's main selling points is the ability to query for sports scores:

Text any team name to 44636.
"lakers" "colts"
Text any league name to 44636.
"nhl" "nba"
Text player first and last name for stats in NFL & NBA.
"randy moss" "kobe bryant"
Can also query positions in NFL.
"broncos rb"

Blogger Ontario Emperor said...

I had tried a "redskins" search recently, which worked fine, but then I got a little more ambitious. We just got Dish Network, and I've been hooked on the Fox Soccer Channel. No luck in THOSE searches.


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