Last week we were telling you that Google had silently killed off its SMS Search feature. With the growing number of individuals with a data plan, that seemed to be a good idea for Google, but there are still people out there who would like to use the service.
Gnosis Media Group went ahead and launched its own Google SMS Search service so that those who still want to use the feature can do so.
The service works pretty much the same way Google’s own SMS Search worked. You text any query you’d normally send to Google and a result is soon sent back.
The message contains both a link to the first search result, as well as a brief description of what you looked for.
Currently, the service provides only the first search result, but future updates may include more items.
In order to use the feature, you must provide some personal information, such as the name, email address and mobile phone number.
You can send up to 15 free queries per month. Once this quota is reached, you must pay a $4 fee to be able to text Google queries for the rest of the month.
When it’s time to pay for the service, the company sends you a message containing a link to pay by PayPal or credit/debit card, Eric Bryant, chief marketing officer at Gnosis Media Group said for Softpedia.
He’s also mentioned that, so far, the service is only available for those who are in the United States.
Google SMS Search could come in handy for a wide number of people, as not everyone has upgraded to a smartphone or even want one, for that matter. Thus, their phones don’t come with full browser capabilities and even if they do have a data connection, the devices are too slow.