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Google Short Message Service (SMS) UK (BETA)

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TomJ

9:24 am on Mar 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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WOW, looks like Google is reaching further into the local search market in the UK...

[google.co.uk...]

Tried it last night, worked really well.

However I wonder how Multimap, 118 118, Streetmap and others will feel about this?

T

mzanzig

2:25 pm on Mar 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi Tom,

are you in the UK, and did the service provide you with UK results? Just wondering, because all the marketing copy on the .co.uk site is still US-centric... Also, it would be quite useful to see the pricing attached to the 46645 shortcode. Do you know it per chance?

Many thx.

TomJ

3:00 pm on Mar 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi yes I'm in the UK and i got UK local business results back.

Good point, not sure what the charges are....lol

If its free it will really ruffle a few feathers ;-)

mack

3:01 pm on Mar 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have used it a few times, but never received the SMS message on time... or in some cases at all.

Mack.

TomJ

3:01 pm on Mar 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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here it is:

How much does it cost?

Google is not charging users to send a query or receive results. However, the rates that your mobile operator charges for sending and receiving a text message still apply. Also note that your operator may charge you a non-standard rate specifically applied to the use of short code services which may not be covered in your current data services plan, such as free or discounted text bundles. The additional charges from your operator may appear on your bill. Please check the data plan from your operator for more information.

mzanzig

7:50 pm on Mar 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google is not charging users to send a query or receive results. However, the rates that your mobile operator charges for sending and receiving a text message still apply. Also note that your operator may charge you a non-standard rate specifically applied to the use of short code services which may not be covered in your current data services plan

A-Ha. Now, this is technically true - Google is not charging the users (the mobile operator does), BUT the mobile operator typically shares the revenue of "non-standard rates" with the content provider (i.e. Google). That makes it possible to send the SMS back to the users. I smell a new revenue stream for Google here. Tom, would you mind checking the rates for the GOOGL shortcode with your mobile operator? That would be great to know.

 

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