Text Engine brings you the richness of the entire Web by text message. With Text Engine you can get weather, news, yellow pages, movies, flight status, and more – just by sending a text message! They believe the Web is for everyone, regardless of the hardware or software they have.Eric Bryant developed the code for Text Engine in response to the shutdown of Google SMS in 2013. Eric is constantly tinkering with code and promoting Text Engine, his passion project. Shari, one of the first users of Eric’s tool, joined the team soon after as a marketer and an ambassador for a product that she was excited about. Since then Eric and Shari have created a symbiotic professional relationship, based on trust, initiative and ingenuity.
Text Engine is unique in that there is no other service that allows dumb phone users to access important Internet information using only their existing text messaging plan. They can access web information, definitions, metric and currency conversions, flight information and so much more. Using their current text messaging plan. With 76.4 Million dumb phones in the United States and even more worldwide, Text Engine can supply a service to those who cannot afford or who don’t have access to data.They foresee Text Engine becoming an invaluable tool to those who are users of dumb phones, specifically the elderly, adolescents, impoverished and hipsters. As humanitarians, their goal is to offer this service to developing countries where Text Messaging is far more affordable and accessible than Internet.
Text Engine makes a great tool for
- Educators and students in low-income / rural school districts.
- People in emerging economies with feature phones or spotty Wi-Fi.
- Travelers and retirees.
- Those with limited data or Wi-Fi plans.
Their mission is to connect the offline world to the Internet via text messages. Text Engine now works in many countries, including the Philippines; Uganda; Kenya; Mongolia; Botswana; United Arab Emirates; Romania; Uruguay; Benin; and Australia. They have developers working to launch Text Engine in Nigeria.Text Engine offers these cell phone users a means to search the Web using their text messaging (SMS) service, which is cheaper and doesn’t require Wi-Fi or lots of data usage.