Google has entered the mobile market with a variety of products, including their free SMS (Short Message Service — "text messaging" to you and me) service.
Most cell phones include text messaging at little or no extra cost; here’s a way to receive useful information on your plain Jane cellphone even if it can’t directly access the Internet. Google charges nothing for the service; your cell carrier may or may not charge you for each message.
I use Google SMS to receive driving directions, estimated drive times, weather forecasts, business addresses and phone numbers. Sports fans can receive the latest scores. It can quote stock prices, and estimated flight arrival times. I find that it replies to my queries within 10 seconds or so.
Here is Google SMS’s response to my query, "33302 to tamarac, fl":(1/4)Directions:
Distance: 16 mi (about 27 mins) 8 steps.
1. Head north on S Andrews Ave toward W Broward Blvd (0.1)
2. Turn left at W Broward Blvd (1.5). . . etc.