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New App Pays You to Put Ads On Your Lockscreen

By - Source: Via Engadget | B 14 comments

Locket is going to pay you to use your phone.

Having a lock screen on your phone is a no-brainer but we do a lot of swiping to unlock every day. Thanks to a new app, you can get paid for all the numerous times you lock and unlock your phone throughout the day.

Dubbed Locket, the application places ads on your lock screen and gives you a penny for each swipe (maximum three pennies per hour). The app's description in the Google Play Store says users will have the option of opening the ad or unlocking their phone with one swipe but will get paid either way.

The application is only open to those in the United States for now, and users who refer friends will get $1 added to their account (though it's not clear if this will be a permanent offer). According to Engadget, earnings can be either cashed out, or put on a gift card. The philanthropists out there can even give theirs to charity.

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    mman74 , July 22, 2013 5:22 PM
    Hmmm, 3 cents an hour. Even if I never sleep (which I do) that's 72 cents a day, or just over $20 a month. Yet the ad on this very page tells me that a wrk at home mum can expect to earn $7,397 a month!!!
    3 cents an hour just to slow down my phone, eat into my download plan, and possible infect it with spyware. I think I'll pass. It'll probably cost me more in data and getting the check from them than I'll earn.
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    DelightfulDucklings , July 22, 2013 5:03 PM
    I would do this, sadly don't live in the US.
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    John Bauer , July 22, 2013 5:10 PM
    3 cents an hour?

    Sounds worth it alright.
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    mman74 , July 22, 2013 5:22 PM
    Hmmm, 3 cents an hour. Even if I never sleep (which I do) that's 72 cents a day, or just over $20 a month. Yet the ad on this very page tells me that a wrk at home mum can expect to earn $7,397 a month!!!
    3 cents an hour just to slow down my phone, eat into my download plan, and possible infect it with spyware. I think I'll pass. It'll probably cost me more in data and getting the check from them than I'll earn.
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    waffleinc , July 22, 2013 5:25 PM
    3 cents an hour, times 16 hours (assuming you sleep for 8 hours every day), times 365 days = $0.03 * 16 * 365 = $175.20 per year. If you had two cell phones that's $350.40 per year. That could fund a CPU or GPU upgrade every year.
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    TheCapulet , July 22, 2013 5:43 PM
    @waffleinc
    And you'll need that GPU upgrade too, to compensate for the overwhelming depression brought on by losing your job because you spent all day long swiping and locking your phone instead of working.
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    Ninjamonkeh , July 22, 2013 6:02 PM
    Please let me know when someone releases a app that simulates me swipe unlocking my phone 3 times a hour. You know someone is gonna automate this for free money.
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    Bean007 , July 22, 2013 7:27 PM
    Lol .03 a hour. I think I'll pass.
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    samwelaye , July 22, 2013 8:23 PM
    lol 4 days later than engadget...
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    Afrospinach , July 22, 2013 9:46 PM
    Back in the 90s I recall a wave of these programs and they were a scam. They would reduce the pay rate and up the minimum payout amount like clockwork so you were perpetually chasing an unreachable amount to get your check in the mail.
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    Someone Somewhere , July 23, 2013 12:38 AM
    Bring on the VMs!
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    das_stig , July 23, 2013 7:33 AM
    and when you come to cash in, they go bust or suddenly find a way that you have broken the T&C's, SCAM !
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    gm0n3y , July 23, 2013 10:20 AM
    If this turns out to not be a scam, then it might be worth it to donate to charity. Does it support the swipe pattern unlock or just the horizontal swipe to unlock?
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    fracture , July 23, 2013 2:11 PM
    My mother in-law's sister's brother in-law's mother used to make $93 an hour. She got fired like maybe 63 years ago. Now she makes 72 cents a day! Well she sleeps most of the day so she sometimes make like 5 cents.
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    theclouds , July 28, 2013 10:59 PM
    3 cents an hour isn't going to help me much, but I'm interested in donating to charity. Hopefully there is a choice to select which charity. If there are enough donors it might actually make a financial difference. I'm going to cautiously check this out.
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