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Irish app offers payment each time your phone rings

You must download ringtone from brands but creators hope phone users will be enticed by monetary rewards.

Updated 7.44pm

AN IRISH COMPANY has created a new app which can bring monetary rewards to phone users.

Fonesense - available only on Android at the moment – asks users to download the app and then select a ringtone from their library of branded ringtones. Every time the phone rings or a text comes through (on loud, not in silent mode), the owner gets credit.

There is also the option of diverting the credits earned to a charity or club. Clubs have to be registered with Fonesense to get added to their list of donation destinations.

“We’re aiming at around €20-odd a month for using your ringtone,” said Dermot Byrne from Fonesense here.

Though the company has said that during beta testing of the app users are currently receiving €5 per month in the form of relevant phone credit.

There is also an iOS app in the works. The Android app is free and users can opt out at any time.

The concept has attracted a few awards already, taking silver in the Social Enterprise category of Vodafone’s Start-Up awards; earning mentorship from the Wayra Ireland incubator programme and getting down to the final 30 in the ESB Spark of Genius.

Is Fonesense something you would use?

Poll Results:

Yes (301)
No, but I think it's a good idea (150)
No (86)

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