Text GOOGL

By | October 28, 2006

I recently noticed that all my mobile phone text messages have gone to the same recipient lately – Google.

Instead of dialing 411 for information and paying a $1 charge, now I always text GOOGL.

A recent example: I needed the number for Ginza Restaurant in Bloomfield to make a reservation. But I was traveling in my car and didn’t have the phone number.

So I sent Google a text message. I do this pretty often, apparently.

To: 46645 (the equivalent of GOOGL on the keypad)
Message text: “ginza, bloomfield ct” (You can also put in the zip code if you know it – “ginza, 06002”)

Google responded with another text message in about 15-20 seconds. And the information Google provided was on the money (and free!)

It’s such an improvement over Verizon Wireless information at 411. Every time I used that service, the Verizon operator was either unable to find a listing for my request or would give me the WRONG number and then charge me (!) for useless information.

Does anybody else use GOOGL on their cell phone?


7 Comments

icm501 on October 28, 2006 at 10:08 pm.

What a fabulous idea! Thanks, we will use googl next time. Is it case sensitive though?

mariekshan on November 20, 2006 at 10:39 am.

Nope, no uppercase necessary.

Amy on June 8, 2008 at 10:56 am.

can it do other stuff
(weather, or where you are now)???

anon on June 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm.

I always use it for weather! Just type “weather” + zip code. So like “weather 10307” and it’ll respond with the weather for your area for today and the next couple of days!

anon on June 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm.

Oh, and you can use it for directions too if you know where you are. Just type “address (or just city/state) TO address (or just city/state)”. Not case sensitive either!

Nan on December 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm.

Yes. I love it, ot help when your lost and need the address.

latisha on April 14, 2009 at 12:45 am.

everytime i text to get info from googl, the return message says access denied, why is that



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