By Stephen Schenck | July 19, 2013 7:55 PM
Remember back in early March when we told you about SmartAds? The startup was trying to develop a program that would pay smartphone users up to $25 a month in order to view ads placed on the lock screens of their phones. It sounded pretty ambitious… but then absolutely bombed at its fundraising attempt, pulling in less than $1500 of the $50,000 it was looking for to get SmartAds off the ground. The idea lives on, though, and an app called Locket has recently come to Android, offering a similar deal.
Just like SmartAds was attempting to do, Locket replaces your Android lock screen with its app, displaying an ad each time you wake your phone. You can either engage with the ad to get more info, or dismiss it with a swipe, just like a normal lock screen interaction.
So, what’s the catch? You can forget that $25 a month jazz – Locket pays one cent per ad you view, and right now caps that at three an hour. If you wholly forgo sleep and hit that three-an-hour target day in, day out, for a whole month, you’ll make a little over $22. Real life users might hope to take in $5-$10 a month, depending on use.
There have also been performance issues reported, Locket’s only available in the US, and there’s no current way to actually lock your phone with it (with a PIN or somesuch). Still, if you could use a little extra pocket change, it might be worth taking a look at.