If you’re anything like me, you are never far from your smartphone. Everywhere you go it’s in your pocket, in your purse, or perpetually glued to your hand.
Sound familiar? If you are BFF’s with your smartphone, you should consider downloading the Panel app. It’s a rewards app that lets you earn cash and prizes by just walking around with your phone. That’s it. No games to play, no videos to watch, no long involved rules to follow. Okay, there are occasional, super short surveys to take, but those are optional! Of all the money-earning apps I use this one is the easiest!
Here’s my review of the Panel app by Placed, Inc.
Simple To Use
Using Panel is simple – download the free app, and follow the directions for turning on your location services. Then carry on with life! You earn points for every day that you have the app on your phone.
Panel collects data on your location as you move about. Points accumulate daily. Every few days, you may receive a survey. The surveys are very basic, just asking you to choose where you were at a certain date and time, from a list of multiple choices.
These were hilarious to do at first, because I am such a sleep deprived mom. Where was I Tuesday at 10 am? I have NO CLUE! 😉 Eventually I did notice that they include a small map at the top of the survey so I could easily identify my location. Also, some surveys may ask if you made a purchase at a particular location. It took the Panel app about 5 surveys about whether I bought cat food while I was at Walmart to register that I do not currently have a cat. Complete the surveys and you earn bonus points!
Choose Your Reward
Earn points, then redeem them for the reward of your choice, or enter a sweepstakes.
My first reward from the Panel app was a $2 PayPal payment. Yep, THAT $2. 🙂 $2 seems minor, but I literally didn’t do anything other than carry my phone around, which I always do anyway!
Panel recently moved from PayPal payments to VISA giftcard payments, which is still a great option. You can also redeem points for Amazon.com, iTunes, and the Google Playstore.
It’s Not For You If …
There are a few things about the Panel app that might not be for everyone. Since Panel uses GPS and the app needs to run constantly in the background, it will wear down your phone’s battery as the day goes on. If you’re not great about remembering to charge your phone, you might want to skip this one!
Panel tracks your location, for the purposes of analyzing data. For some, this is a little too “big brother.” Opt out at any time by uninstalling the app.