Just Ask Your Cell Phone!

Yesterday, as I was browsing the Web, I stumbled across a really neat little service called 4Info.net. It allows you to send a brief text message via your cell phone and receive an immediate answer back.

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For example, you can send “AA 92” (or any other flight number) and get an immediate status report back on a specific flight. Or send “m 37214” and get a listing of all the movies showing near that zip code, along with their show times. Or “w 76710” and get the weather forecast for that specific zip code.

This is only the beginning. You can check stock prices, sports scores, wifi hotspots, package tracking, drink recipes, and more. And, it’s free.

You can try it now, without even signing up for the service. Here’s how. Send a text message to “44636” (“4info”). To make it easier, I set up an address book entry on my cell phone. Type in “w” a space and your zip code. Press “send.” You should get a weather report back almost instantaneously with the current conditions and a five-day forecast.

If you register, you can customize the shortcuts. So that, for example, “w1” gives you the weather for your zip code. Or “m1” gives you the movie show times for your zip code.

You can also sign-up for text message alerts, which can be sent to you at scheduled times. Some of these are free, but you have to pay a monthly subscription fee for others. Regardless, it’s worth checking out.

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  • http://www.rachelhauck.com Rachel Hauck

    Wow, I can’t imagine what all is coming our way technologically. Mind boggling. And I hear Japan is already way ahead of us.

    Rachel :)

  • mary godwin

    Michael, Google offers similar services as well. Search “google mobile” or “google sms” and you’ll find instructions for dialing “google” (466453) to receive text responses for weather, movies, phone numbers, and now even maps. …very cool! I’ll be giving 4info a try today. Thanks for the tip. -mg

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com michael Hyatt

    Mary,

    Thanks for the lead on the similar service from Google. I should have known they would have something like this. Here’s the link if anyone wants to compare it to 4Info.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • http://www.4info.net Zaw Thet

    Mike, thanks for the post about us. I just wanted to point out one of the biggest differences between us (4INFO) and Google. 4INFO gives users the ability to sign up for text alerts (weather updates, sports scores, celebrity alerts, and more).

    Thanks,
    Zaw

  • http://spencesmith.com Spence Smith

    Wow!!! I’m at dfw right now and checked the status of my flight with it…very cool! I’ve used the google one but i’m not sure if it has flight info or not. thanks for this Michael!

  • Jennifer

    Here’s another interesting text message use, I just read about it in PW Daily: The Manhattan company ShopText, founded in 2005, lets people buy products instantly using SMS (i.e., Short Message Service, or cellphone text message), and has just started selling books.

  • me

    Thanks Mike… this is very cool! I also just read your blog about free conference calling and wanted to mention 1-800-FREE411 to anyone that doesn’t know about it. Instead of getting the outrageous $1.50 charge every time you call information from your home or cell phone you can call 1-800-FREE411 and get the same information. You’ll only use minutes on your cell and there is no add’l charge and no charge from home. They make their money by offering you something from another company they have a deal with, that you can politely hang up on after you get your info! I’m way out of date technologically, but for those of us that still use ‘information’ it’s kind of cool!

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