1/28/2005

SMS Yahoo Search Engine

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Web search is cutting the computer cord as the major engines increasingly introduce new ways of retrieving search results through mobile phones and devices.

Yahoo Inc. expanded its mobile search offerings Thursday with a local search feature for sending business-listing information to mobile phones.

Now, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo is letting Web users send information from Yahoo Local results to their mobile devices as text messages.

The SMS (Short Message Service) message includes the business name, phone number, address and cross street from search results. In some cases, the message also provides a link that will initiate a call to the business.

The SMS feature is available across major U.S. wireless carriers such as Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint PCS and T-Mobile, Yahoo announced.

Search leader Google Inc. last year launched an SMS service for sending specialized search queries as text messages and retrieving answers such as phone-book listings, dictionary definitions or product prices.

Source: eWeek

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