Google India has launched SMS search at 9773300000. Unlike other SMS services this is not a premium shortcode number(ex: 8668) and you will be paying only the normal SMS charges. The list of queries supportedis quite extensive and in my limited testing most of them worked and most of the time the replies were instantaneous.
|Local||pizza andheri east mumbai|
|Cricket||cri, cricket score|
|Railways PNR Status||pnr number|
|Train schedule||trains delhi to mumbai|
|Business Search||restaurants indira nagar banglore,taxi vasant kunj|
|Stock Quotes||reliance stock|
PNR search, Horoscopes, Stock Quotes and local search (ex: pizza alwarpet chennai) worked well while "news" did not work at all.I received a gibberish reply which the phone couldn't make any sense out of .The nice touch is that if you do a local search Google associates that locale with your phone number. So you need not type it again for further queries. Google returns 3 results for the local search queries and if you can reply "next" for more results.
Though it is a little buggy, the service is a step in the right direction. For commodity information like stock quotes and news paying a premium to shortcode services just doesn't make sense. This can also become a competitor to justdial.com if the service is supported and enhanced by Google. Since Google has a history of abandoning projects, the possibility that this might languish can never be discounted.