Wireless Froogle, SMS Google

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Date: Sunday, November 21st, 2004, 23:03
Category: Archive

Did you know that you price compare products from your cell phone? It’s called Wireless Froogle (Froogle is Google’s product search service) and it allows you to search the Web for products with your wml-enabled cell phone. To use Froogle on your cell phone, just point your phone’s browser to http://wml.froogle.com/.
Key Features:

  • If your cell phone supports the WML wireless protocol, you can use Froogle to search for products anywhere your phone can access the web
  • At an electronics store and shopping for a digital camera? Whip out your cell phone and search for lower prices online using Froogle. Never wonder if you paid too much again.

And you can already search Google via SMS.

Google SMS (Short Message Service) enables you to easily get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device. Send your query as a text message and get phone book listings, dictionary definitions, product prices and more. Just text. No links. No web pages. Simply the answers you’re looking to find.
How do I use it?

  1. Enter your query as a text message. See some sample queries.
  2. Send the message to the US shortcode 46645 (GOOGL on most phones).
  3. Receive a text message (or messages) with your results, usually within a minute. Results may be labeled as “1of3”, “2of3”, etc.
  4. To get Google SMS help info sent directly to your phone, send the word ‘help’ as a text message to 46645.

Why should I use Google SMS?

  • Get local business listings when you’re on the road and want to find a place to eat
  • Compare online product prices with ones you find in retail stores
  • Look up dictionary definitions to expand your vocabulary or prove a point
  • Find other specialized types of information, as described in how to use Google SMS

Pretty cool.