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The overlords of the Internet at Google have upgraded the search engine's flight tracking powers. Before the new search feature debuted, you'd only get a list of links to track your flight, some of which didn't always work. Now Google's integrating FlightStats' data directly into a search results page. (This has the added benefit of making the service more BlackBerry friendly.)
You can also get the same info by texting GOOGLE (466453) your airline and flight number. If we're near a computer, though, we like digging up all sorts of flight info from these more propeller-head oriented sites:
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Google just added free flight status and airline info to their SMS Service.
We tried it out on the beta site, checking an infamously not-so-on-time flight--JFK to BOS on JetBlue.
According to Google, which gets it data from Flightstats.com, JetBlue flight 1006 from JFK to BOS, is on time.
Departure is scheduled for 12:05 out of gate T6. Cool feature.
To use it text the airline name and flight number to shortcode 466453 ('GOOGLE' on most phones), and the status information will be sent to their mobile device. They can also text a specific airline name, and Google will send back the main number for that airline. Nice. Certainly should save us from spending way too much money dialing 411.
This is available for flights departing or arriving in the United States, and it is free from Google, though standard carrier rates for sending and receiving text messages still apply.
If this turns out to be half as addicting as texting NBC during reality shows, in hopes of winning $10,000 in one of five hidden cases, our phone bill is going to be Twitter sized very quickly.
· SMS Flight Status Check [Google]