Rent Your Smartphone’s Lock Screen
This free app puts ads for products, events, and coupons on the phone’s home screen, and allows the user to choose whether to engage with the ad, or ignore it and simply unlock their device as usual. Either way, you get paid.
Each swipe earns one cent with a maximum of three cents per hour. Every friend you recruit to Locket earns $1 extra toward your app piggy bank. Once you’ve accrued a few bucks, the app allows you to cash out, apply the funds to a gift card, or even donate the money to a charity. You can earn $262.80 over the course of a year, without referrals, as long as you unlock your phone screen three times per hour, 24 hours a day.
Advertisements are targeted to individual users based on geo-location data, their purchasing patterns, and mobile app usage. For now, the app is limited to eight brand partners, according to TechCrunch, but Locket will also run house ads to fill space. Locket has rejected advertisers hawking liquor and lingerie.
The beta version is available in the Google Play store. Hopefully, there will be an iOS version.