AskMeNow review: AskMeNow

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3.5 stars Very good
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The Good AskMeNow is a quick and user-friendly information service that accurately answers a variety of questions sent by text message.

The Bad AskMeNow is expensive, and its news headline service is ineffective.

The Bottom Line AskMeNow is a great service for asking many types of questions via your service, but its expensive fees warrant infrequent use.

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After a slow start in the United States, text messaging finally has taken off as a popular form of communication. As its use has grown, several companies (besides the carriers) have jumped in to make money from the technology. One such company is AskMeNow, which offers a convenient and surprisingly accurate service that should please trivia nuts and information hogs.

AskMeNow promises to answer a variety of queries through text messages. Simply send the service a text with your question (see below for the range of possibilities) and AskMeNow will respond right away. Each question costs 25 cents each plus your carrier's text messaging fee, and the charges will show up on your normal carrier bill. That's a bit overpriced in our opinion--particular since Google Mobile doesn't charge for its competing service--and because some answers can arrive in multiple messages, your charges can shoot up quickly if you carrier charges for each message received.

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