This one is not for everyday use.  It’s more of a ‘use on a rainy day’ type tip, or in this case use when you’re not able to hit a WiFi hotspot and your Edge data connection is not good or not happening at all.  If that’s the case, give Google SMS a try.  I […]
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iPhone Quick Tips – Use Google SMS When Data Connections Weak

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This one is not for everyday use.  It’s more of a ‘use on a rainy day’ type tip, or in this case use when you’re not able to hit a WiFi hotspot and your Edge data connection is not good or not happening at all. 

If that’s the case, give Google SMS a try.  I had not realized how handy Google SMS was, or what sort of queries you could send to it.  Thanks GoogSMS3to a nice little tip in Erica Sadun’s book, ‘Taking Your iPhone to the Max’, I do now, and thought I’d share.  Here’s some of what you can do:

You can text to Google SMS at 466-453 (Google) and get just about instant reponses back, like so:

Send pizza yourzipcode = it will return a short list of pizza places at that zip code (as seen in the screencap above), with address details and the phone number

Send lakers scores = it will return a few recent game results for the lakers, and info on their next scheduled game

Send translate roof into spanish = it will message you back, telling you techo is the Spanish word for roof

You can also request weather for a location, get directions, do a general Google web search, and more.  See HERE for more sample queries info.

This one is not a great idea to use too often if you don’t have an unlimited (or generous) text messaging plan.  But for occasional times when Edge isn’t cutting it and you need a bit of info fast – pretty cool I think …

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