App pays you to use a phone

A lot of apps like my new one for Apple and Android are free to download, but what about an app that pays you to have it?

Several members of my staff and myself are testing a free app called Slidejoy that was launched earlier this month. Slidejoy serves ads up on your phone’s lock screen, and you get paid to view them.

With Slidejoy, when you download the app and ads appear on your lock screen, you just slide them off to get to your home screen. Sliding to the right dismisses the ad immediately. Sliding to the left takes you to the advertiser’s website, video or download page for more information.

I told you last year about a similar app called Locket. Locket is still out there, but it doesn’t pay you anymore, so I don’t really see the value in it.

So what do you get paid to have Slidejoy on your phone? The company officially says it will be between $5 and $15 a month, according to a CNET article. In about two weeks, one of my staffers has earned $1 so far. (The money can be remitted via check, PayPal transfer or donated to a partner charity.)

Slidejoy is only available for Android at this point, but an iOS app is due by fall.

As for me playing around with Slidejoy, so far I’ve viewed ads for the Adidas Spring Blade Razor shoe and a Groupon offer for Puma men’s boxer briefs that cost $16.99. $16.99? Really? Boy, they got the wrong guy for that offer!

Other advertisers Slidejoy is working with include Sephora,, Best Buy, Target, J. Crew and Macy’s, according to the CNET article.

You won’t get paid to use my app, but it is free. Check out to download it. You’ll get access to my advice, guides and free podcasts.

Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Find more answers to your consumer questions at Clark's website.

-- Clark Howard -- Save More, Spend Less, Avoid Rip-offs -- for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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