Would you complete a “special offer” to legally download a paid app for free? The folks at OfferedApp think so, and they’ve created an advertiser-supported service for delivering paid apps for free.

OfferedApp is almost like Woot.com, except only for apps. The service gives you an app originally priced anywhere from $1-$10 and offers to for a free download. The only catch is that you must first complete anything from an online survey to sitting through a video advertisement.

Sound interesting? Let’s take a closer look…

OfferedApp plans on offering a paid app for free each day. Every 24 hours, there will be a new application available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry. Surprisingly, OfferedApp doesn’t require you to create a user account to start downloading apps. You can, however, create an account and subscribe to an e-mail newsletter with the “daily OfferedApp.”

If you want to download the app that’s being showcased, simply enter your email address and prepare to participate in some sort of crowd-sourced advertising offer. These “special offers” could consist of anything from playing a brief online game, installing a toolbar, or watching an ad.

OfferedApp makes its money through its advertisers each time someone downloads an app. OfferedApp pays the app’s developer for the download, so the devs don’t get shorted any revenue.

Although OfferedApp sounds like a good idea in theory, it still seems a little shady. There’s no clear way of seeing what the site’s advertisers will do with your personal information. Unless the app of the day is a major steal and an app you’ve really been wanting for a long time, I’d stay away.

If you’re wanting to find some deals on apps, there are plenty of other services out there that don’t require advertisement engagement like OfferedApp. AppShopper, AppDeals, and FreeAppAlert all offer price tracking and free offers for the App Store. 148Apps and MacStories also have Twitter accounts that send out discounted app deals on a daily basis.

What do you think of OfferedApp? Will you be checking back to see the different apps that are offered each day? How do you find discounted apps?

[CNET]

  • Mike

    Spare Me The Crap And Download From Installous … It’s There For A Reason

    • Philli G

      Installous is piracy you fool, this offers a LEGAL free download of a paid app. Read before posting Einstein

    • alOS

      absolutely agree

    • Philli G

      Installous is piracy you fool, this offers a LEGAL free download of a paid app. Read before posting, Einstein

      • Heard you the first time. And i agree with Mike, Installous first then if you like it maybe buy it.

  • Young Money

    Sounds like a good way to get your ibvox flooded w spam. You can already get free apps from installous. Sure the devs get no money from that but they still make plenty.

    • Zam Zar

      Not if everybody pirates, no.
      Take note: Installous is ILLEGAL. This is legal.
      For devs this is just like people buying apps.
      If you don’t want spam, just use a fake email account. That’s what I do.

  • Johnny24

    I used OfferedApp and have not received a single spam email. If they did that, users would never come back. The other sites mentioned in the article feature free apps that used to be paid. OfferedApp is featuring “paid” apps that can be downloaded without paying. Worked great for me so I’d recommend it.

  • theadobeflash

    don’t want spam go to 10minutemail.com for a temporary email account

    • JoBerlin

      Right. Taking a survey and just klicking random options won’t give them any information about you. Or maybe just one information: that you are smart enough to screw their system.

  • Hey that’s cool I will try to download it but is it working proper in iphone 3G

  • GT

    Good concept, but there are thousands of apps I wouldnt want even if they were free

  • Fojam

    Installous ftw… And maybe appcake

  • Daniel

    You do not always have to fill out a survey. I just had to play a game. Also, when I try to download the app that is offered, my Internet browser pops up and tells me I need iTunes, which I already have. A better way to get free apps is to download “FAAD” or “Free App King” or any other free app finder on the app store. These are very useful for finding previously paid apps free for one day. “FAAD” is my favorite.

    • Johnny24

      Yea, there are a lot of easy offers — surveys, games, etc. They only take 2 minutes and then you get the paid app for free. Sites like FAAD and Free App King are totally different. Those sites feature apps that are already free in the app store. OfferedApp is featuring “paid” apps and giving users a way to download them for free! If you want free apps, just go to the app store. If you want paid apps for free, I’d recommend OfferedApp. I’ve used it a bunch of times and it’s worked great for me each time.