Text messaging isn't just for 'LOLZ' anymore

ByABC News
September 5, 2009, 9:29 AM

— -- Text messaging is popular with teens and adults alike. It's an easy way to send quick notes to others. But you can do so much more.

Many websites offer tools for text messaging. You can also control gadgets via text messaging. You can even shop by texting. Here are some of the cooler uses.

Home automation

Security cameras from Linksys and D-Link can send text alerts. When motion is detected, you're notified.

There's also the Proliphix thermostat. It can report to you via text messaging. For example, receive an alert when a high temperature is reached.

Lock maker Schlage brings this and more to its LiNK system. A smart phone is recommended to control it. Laptops can also be used.

Adjust the thermostat or the lights from afar. Or, control security cameras. It also ties in with door keypads. Be alerted every time the lock is used.

The LiNK system works with a wired or wireless network. The service is $13 per month. Components are sold individually. You can expand your system as you see fit.


Sometimes you need to find information on the go. In that case, text Google (466453).

Request definitions, movie times, stock quotes, flight information and more. Convert currencies and translate words. Or, check an item's price.

Before you begin, visit Google (Google.com/sms). It provides example queries.

You can also access Google Calendar via text message. First, visit Google Calendar and click Settings. Then, click Mobile Setup.

Enter your phone number. A code is sent to your phone. Enter it on the site to activate alerts via text.

Send a text to 48368 to add appointments. Text "next" for your next appointment or "day" for your daily agenda.

Sports stadiums

Unruly fans are common at sporting events. Sometimes things go too far. In some cases, you can complain via text.

Many NFL stadiums have text messaging lines. The numbers are on scoreboards and elsewhere. Text the number to complain about bothersome fans. You don't have to worry about a nasty confrontation.