Make money from your smartphone's lock screen
If you've ever shopped for a Kindle tablet or e-reader, you know that Amazon offers a discounted price if you opt for the "Special Offers" version, which displays ads on the lock screen.
Personally, I have no problem with that. A lock screen isn't a place I typically linger; it's the only thing standing between me and Candy Crush Saga (uh, I mean, books
--the only thing standing between me and books). Power button, swipe, done. A quick glance at an ad during those 1.5 seconds? In exchange for money? Fine by me.
brings that same concept to your smartphone, except that instead of a one-time discount, it enables you to earn money every month. Just by allowing ads onto your lock screen. To which I say: yes, please!
It works like this: After you install the app and create an account (via Facebook or e-mail, the former promising slightly higher earnings), your lock screen will display an ad every time you turn on your phone. Don't worry, the date and time are still there, but now they're atop a little splash-screen for Bloomingdale's, Urban Outfitters, or the like.
Thankfully, you don't have to jump through a bunch of hoops (or even one hoop) to bypass it. As with the aforementioned Kindles, you simply swipe to unlock. Correction: you swipe right to unlock. If the ad is something of interest, you can swipe left to learn more, buy stuff, install an app, or whatever.
So, what's all this ad placement worth? Don't expect big bucks overnight. Rather, think long-term: Slidejoy estimates that most users will earn anywhere from $5-15 per month, money you can receive via PayPal or Square Cash. (Other payment methods are in the works.) Just be prepared to wait a bit: There's a three-month delay between the end of a month and when you actually get paid.
Again, this isn't a get-rich-quick scheme. It's a make-a-few-bucks-monthly-starting-eventually scheme. But think of it this way: By making a tiny tweak to the way your phone works, you can defray your monthly phone bill by as much as $15. I'm game.
By the way, if you're philanthropic type, you can opt for "hero" mode and donate your proceeds to charity.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC