Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Any Question Answered Text Service Launched

Any Question Answered Text Service Launched across New Zealand on all Networks

199QUERY Pty Ltd, the company behind the successful question answer service in Australia, 199QUERY, announces that its question answer service is now available on all major phone networks in New Zealand, reaching a potential audience of 3.8million people, under the name AQA. AQA, which stands for Any Question Answered, is a text message (sms) question and answer service where any question will be answered by texting it to AQA (272).

Since the service started in Australia in April 2006 mobile phone users across Australia have be inundating AQA with practical, impractical and genuinely bizarre questions looking for facts and fun - over 50,000 times. New Zealand can now join Australia to get answers from AQA by texting their questions to 272.

With Cricket in full swing and Rugby just around the corner, the AQA service has been helping people stuck in pubs with all those important questions... "Who's going to be in the final?", "Is England's rubber bat fair game?" or even "Whose round is it next?"

The first question sent to AQA in New Zealand was "How far is it from New Zealand to Australia"; the first Australian question asked was "Where is a good place to eat in Newcastle".

Examples of questions received from New Zealand over the last few days include:

Q. Whats the most common eaten fast food in New Zealand? A. Fish and Chips is the most popular fast food in NZ with 60% of the population eating it at least once a year. Next is McDonalds (35%) and KFC (30%).

Q. How long is it from Te Hana to Hamilton? A. Te Hana to Hamilton is 214 km by road which will take you about 3 hours in good traffic.

Q. When is helen clark going to kark it? A. AQA knows Helen Clark is currently 58 years old and as the average life expectancy in New Zealand for females is 77, she's got another 19 years left!

Q. What is the average foot size of an adult? A. The average shoe size for males has gone up! It's a size 9 For females its 7.5 to 8- Models have even bigger feet with theirs averaging out at a size 9 too!

Anyone with a mobile phone can ask AQA a question - any time of the day or night - by simply texting the question to 272. It costs NZD$2.50 per question sent. The answer will be delivered within minutes in a single text message.

199QUERY and AQA were started by 25 year old entrepreneur Seb Maslin who got the idea after losing a bet on who was the Australian James Bond actor.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Statistics: Consents Remain At Record Levels
There were 47,715 new homes consented in the year ended October 2021, up 26 percent compared with the year ended October 2020, Stats NZ said today. "The year ended October 2021 marks another record for the annual number of new homes consented,” construction statistics manager Michael Heslop said... More>>

Foodstuffs: New World & Four Square Trial NZ’s First Grocery Delivery Offer With Uber Eats

New World & Four Square have partnered with Uber Eats to unlock the first grocery offering available on the platform in Aotearoa. For New World and Four Square it’s yet another way to put New Zealanders first, particularly with those inevitable last-minute grocery needs... More>>

Digitl: Download 2.0 – Vodafone Wi-Fi Calling hits early milestone
Vodafone says it has 10,000 customers using its Wi-Fi Calling service. It took less than three months to reach that milestone; the service began operating in September... More>>

ABC Business Sales: Demand High For Covid-proof Businesses
Despite the continuing challenges facing businesses in this Covid environment, right now there are more buyers looking for a small-medium sized business than there are sellers in the market... More>>

PriceSpy: Producer Prices Increase
New Black Friday and Covid-19 Report* released by PriceSpy says people’s fear of stepping inside physical shops during big sales events like Black Friday has risen since last year; Kiwis are still planning to shop, but more than ever will do it online this year... More>>

NZ Skeptics Society: Announce Their 2021 Awards, And Dr Simon Thornley Wins The Bent Spoon

Every year the New Zealand Skeptics presents its awards to people and organisations who have impressed us or dismayed us, and this year it’s been hard to pick our winners because there have been so many choices!.. More>>

REINZ: Sales Volumes Leveling Out

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows there were 44 fewer lifestyle property sales (-2.6%) for the three months ended October 2021 than for the three months ended September 2021... More>>