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Weekend answer man = Google txt

Start using Google’s SMS service and you’ll use it all the time. It allows you to search the web using text messages. It’s great on the weekends because it helps you to react quickly whenever you or your plans change. Want a pizza? What are the movie times tonight? Answer a quiz question someone throws at you. Need a local tow truck? On and on and on.

What is it?

Google SMS enables you to send queries as text messages and get a reply in a few seconds. It’s incredibly useful for on-the-spot queries. Need to know when the restaurant closes? Txt Google to find the number and call.

  • When you’re mobile and need a phone number for a late night hamburger or a wine shop for a party gift, SMS the name and zip code: Vino Vino, 44444.

  • Find movie theaters, movie times, and the new release playing near you with the word movie followed by your zip code. You might get 2-6 separate replies listing all the theaters in your area, as shown above with the second of three messages for movies in New York, 10011.
  • Set your location for better search results. Text Set Location, followed by a city or zip code, 44444.

How to do it

  • Address a new text message to 466453 (the U.S. shortcode for Google SMS).
  • Type your query and send.
  • You’ll receive a text message (or messages) with your results, usually within a few seconds. Results may be labeled as “1/3,” meaning one of three messages.

For more examples, send the word Help as a text message to 466453. Or, send Tips as a text message to 466453. You can also go to

Sample queries

  • Currency Converter: 10 usd in peso
  • Latest sports scores: wash wizards
  • Question & Answer: who was james joyce
  • Dictionary: define segue
  • Price quote: price 2gb sd card
  • Queries are not case-sensitive, so you don’t have to use upper case letters in your txts.
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