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Google Finds its Way Onto Cellphones

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 16 Nov 2004 17:44:34 -0500

Search engine company quietly launches service
By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff | November 15, 2004

Google has come to cellphones -- the cheap ones, not just the fancy
color-screen models with Web access.

Over the last month, the popular search engine company has quietly
turned on a new service that lets people use most newer cellphone
models to get snippets of information by sending short text messages
to a special five-digit number, 46645, which spells GOOGL on a phone

People looking for a list of pizza or Chinese restaurants in Back Bay,
for example, just have to send the message "pizza 02116" or "Chinese
02116." Within 10 seconds or so, Google shoots back one or more text
messages listing restaurants with addresses and phone numbers from its
Google Local page. Related services from Google let users get a phone
number by sending a message containing the desired person's first and
last names and city, area code, or ZIP code; they can also use
Google's Froogle shopping site to get a price quote by sending a text
message with "price" followed by the item's name or Universal Product
Code number.

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