AskMeNow launches their SMS service.
James at MocoNews is reporting that AskMeNow is out of beta
After registering at the site people have three ways to use the service — by calling 1-888-EZASKME (392-7563) and speaking their question through an interactive voice response prompt system, or by sending an SMS with their question to “ASKME” (27563), or by using an application to submit their question. That seems to cover all the bases…
Questions that use a template (weather, sports scores and things like that) are free to the user (AskMeNow generates revenue via “one-to-one advertising and sponsorship”) whereas more complex questions on the “AskMeAnything” service cost 49c.
These complex questions (such as “How was Ned Kelly captured?” or “What French restaurant is closest to the corner of 6th and 49th in New York City?”) are answered by AnswerAgents — which appear to be people with an internet connection and probably some other information sources.
I don't think we need ANOTHER SMS service for quotes, weather etc, but the complex question service is interesting. Do you find yourself needing answers to complex questions in a timely manner on your phone?
Then again, .49 is cheaper that a 411 call.
Here's a question for PP readers.
Which are you more likely to do regarding a "complex question" answer.
1. Pay .49 for a complex question query
2. Calling 1-888-EZASKME for the answer
3. Type the keywords in Google's WAP site
I think the answer is obvious but tell me what you would do.