Yahoo Inc began offering on Thursday a new tool that allows users of its local search service to send restaurant or business information in the form of a text message from a computer to a mobile phone.
Yahoo said its new service is available across all the major wireless carriers at no charge for consumers. However, wireless carriers may charge fees for receiving text messages on a mobile handset.
For example, a user could search for information about San Francisco's Slanted Door restaurant on a PC and then click on a link to send the address and telephone number to a mobile phone. The message goes via SMS -- or short message services, a form of text messaging offered by all major mobile phone carriers in the United States and in most other countries.
The move comes amid intense competition in the Web search market.
Google in October rolled out a test service that allows people to use mobile phones or handheld devices to tap Google's Web search via SMS.
Also, Amazon late on Wednesday announced a local search service that uses voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, to directly connect users to businesses they have located via Amazon's A9 Web search service.
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