Google has discontinued its SMS-based search product. SMS Search was a way to perform a Google Search from any cell phone by sending the query to a Google shortcode. Google would then return the results via SMS. In a short message posted to the Google Search forum, Google said the product was dropped in order to streamline its offerings and help it focus on other, more important products.
This was the single greatest tool ever produced by Google. It was available before most browsers were capable of displaying web content. It was, until the moment they shut it down, faster than any web browser for finding information. It was available to anyone with a cell phone and text plan.
I am sad and disappointed that this incredible feature is gone.
It seems like Google and other companies are trying to force adoption of data enabled smart phones. Java based mobile apps for feature phones are being phased out also. SMS based queries are not as useful for data-mining.