Download, start, earn points and get vouchers. This is what Appbounty of the Berlin company Advertile Mobile UG promises. Via Appbounty anyone can download small programs for the smartphone and earn so-called “Credits”. These can be converted from a certain value into vouchers for iTunes, the Play Store, Amazon and a few more things. But is it really so fast and easy? We’ve tried it with an Android smartphone.
Appbounty is available in several countries free of charge in the Play Store for Android devices and iTunes for Apple products, but usually also a visit to the website Appbounty.net. After the user has downloaded and started the app, you are, of course, prompted to sign up with his Facebook account. However, the step can also be skipped confidently. Then you will see about 15 apps that you can download directly.
Under the title of the app is indicated what needs to be done to get the desired points. Most of the time there is only “Download and Start”. To the right of this are the reward points you get for it. This can be only 14, but also 118. “How many points you get for an app depends on how much the app developer pays us for us to market his app,” explains the Managing Director Jens Disselhoff of Advertile Mobile UG.
With Apple there are more points
In the comments of the Play Store and in forums, users complain about the fact that there are more points per app in the iOS app. “Yes that’s right. The developers usually pay more to market their iOS apps. Apple customers have the higher pay-ability, “says Disselhoff.
If you then tap the points, you will be redirected to the app store. There should be again checked whether the app is really free. In the test you were only forwarded to free apps, but it was not always the ones that you selected. According to Disselhoff it can happen that the providers other apps than they promised the Berlin company. If such a case is reported by a user or discovered by employees, the provider is informed about this and, if necessary, the offer is blocked.
If you make sure that the app is free, you can download it. If it is installed, it must be started once and sometimes tap something inside the app. Few apps require a registration. If this is necessary for the points, this is indicated with Appbounty but before the download. If the steps have been completed, the points should already be well written to the account. Sometimes it takes up to ten minutes. If the points are there, you can safely uninstall the app if you do not like it. The points remain the same.
Partially one does not come however only until the download. In the test with the Android version of Appbounty often appeared the message that the offer no longer exists. According to Disselhoff, this is because the app developers either specify a period during which their offer should be available or a certain number of downloads to be generated.
1000 points for 2 dollars
This system gives new offers every two to three days, so you can continue to collect points. For a 2 dollar Amazon voucher you need 1000 points, this corresponds to Android on average 20 apps – a pretty big effort. IOS is a bit faster. Because of the greater rewards, the download of about 14 apps.
There are usually unknown game apps available. But there are also apps in the offer, which one perhaps one or so download as Paypal, “Mobile.de”, the flirt app Lovoo as well as Lieferando and Lieferheld.
Points are also available for invited friends or registration by Facebook. This is worth more than downloading the apps. There are 250 points per friend. Four invited friends thus give a 2 dollar coupon. For 10 euros it needs 20 friends or the download of about 100 apps.
A child with his iPad has actually managed to earn a $ 50 coupon. In the self-test with the Android device, there were not enough points for the individual apps and too many unavailable offers to get a $ 2 voucher on a day or two. Managing Director Disselhoff says that the Android app is not yet fully developed and the focus is on the iOS app. But the Android app is still working.
All in all we can say that the alternative AppNana Hack worked better for us.