In 2015, most of us do a significant amount of our Internet browsing via mobile phones. Research from the United Kingdom shows that access to the web via mobiles more than doubled between 2010 and 2014, rising from 24 per cent to 58 per cent.
This is a trend that is being reflected globally, and it has had knock-on effects on the ways that people work, how they keep in touch with loved ones, and how they access their favourite films and television programmes.
Until recently, pastimes and activities that give people a chance to win money online were largely undertaken via desktop and laptop computers. But in the last five years, more and more people around the world have been utilising mobile apps to win money.
Here are some of the most popular bits of mobile technology that have unlocked earning power in people’s pockets.
Ever been collared in the street by a market researcher? Or have you received emails offering you a sum of money in exchange for filling in a survey about a particular product, service, or industry?
Surveys and market research are now commonly carried out via mobile apps, with handheld technology making it dramatically more easy for people to complete surveys, and giving the survey creators fast, direct feedback from a potentially huge audience.
Some of the more established survey apps have paid out millions to users, either in the form of retail vouchers, or cash paid directly into accounts via online services.
You can search ‘survey’ in the Google Play store or iTunes to discover a wide range of paid survey apps.
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Unlike poker and casino games, which can require a considerable amount of time and effort to research, learn, and play successfully, online bingo is a wonderfully easy way to win money on your mobile, whilst having a great time too.
The success of online bingo destinations like Cheeky Bingo, Tombola and BGO has led to the development of mobile apps that capture every element of the online bingo experience on the small screen. Functionality like ‘auto-play’ and ‘auto-dab’ make it easy to keep your online bingo account running even if you’re busy with other things – all you need is your mobile and an Internet connection.
Companies that create apps need people to learn about them, and they’re willing to pay to make that happen.
If you are interested in all kinds of apps, you can get paid half a cent for watching video trailers about them from apps like App Trailers, and you can earn as much as nine cents to a dollar for actually trying them out.
Like BGO, most trailer apps are available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices.
If you’ve got opinions about the thing you eat, drink, wear, or see on TV, you can get paid for sharing them.
Apps like Iconzoomer give you assignments to complete regarding your everyday consumer habits, and all you have to do is send comments and feedback about products you use in order to earn money or get free stuff.
Wish you had an extra incentive to go to the gym? Perhaps you should download one of the many apps now available that pay you to work out.
Apps like GymPact pay $0.50 to $0.75 per half hour workout, and dedicated communities of paid gym-goers are now using apps to earn as they burn.
The benefit to the app-maker here is in creating a captive audience with an active interest in health and well being.