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Geek Tip: Use Google To Convert Currencies

Have you ever found yourself shopping on a British website and realized you have no idea how much $10,000 euros is in American dollars, or if staying in a Japanese hotel for 800 yen a night is a great deal or savings wrecker?

If you ever find yourself in a currency converting pinch and you don't have a special widget, heed this advice: Open up Google, type in the word "convert" followed by whatever confusing currency amount you need translated and the type of currency you would like it converted into. For example, my search "convert ¥99,750 to US dollars" brought back the result ¥ 99750 = 819.84525 U.S. dollars. I know now that the idea of buying a Titanium iPod Nano Case is out of my price range and preposterous.

If you are away from your computer, you may be able to text message Google for quick info. You should be able to send a text message to 466453 (which spells out 'GOOGLE' on most devices) and they'll text message you back with the results. Unfortunately, Google Mobile SMS is only supported with certain carriers in different countries. Check to see if your carrier supports Google Mobile SMS.

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woodycakes woodycakes 8 years
helpful! i suck at currencies and everything is in dollars :))
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i don't know how to type in different currencies like the Euro etc. anyone know how to do that? i think there's a character palette but other than that?! any other shortcuts?
SweetMagicFairy SweetMagicFairy 8 years
very intersting and helpfullll =)
doubleuendy doubleuendy 8 years
really? that helps especially when i travel. thanks for tip.
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