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BlackBerry Hacks by Dave Mabe

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Hack #51. Get Fast and Free Mobile Search

This program provides quick and convenient on-the-go searches of the yellow pages, the white pages, the Web, movies, and more.

Calls to 411 on your BlackBerry can add up to big charges on your monthly phone bill, and even after you've gotten the information you want, there's no easy way to save it for later use. On the other hand, using PC web sites like Google Local from the BlackBerry is slow and inconvenient.

Tip

You can also access Google Local using SMS, or the text messaging feature on your mobile phone. Just send your search terms to 46645 (GOOGL on most phones) and you'll get a reply with results from Google. Although this is convenient, most plans charge for each SMS message you sent, so these queries can quickly add up.

Berry 411 provides the best of both worlds: free and convenient mobile search optimized for the BlackBerry. In addition to white and yellow pages with maps and driving directions, Berry 411 provides searches for Google results, movies, and price comparisons. You can dial phone numbers directly from the result screen and add them to your Address Book.

The over-the-air install [Hack #97] is available at http://www.thebogles.com/berry411.jad, and the install for Application Loader is available at http://www.thebogles.com/berry411.zip. The official home page for Berry 411 is http://www.thebogles.com/Berry411.htm.

Berry 411 is charityware: users are encouraged to make contributions to a number of charities; consequently, ...

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