Apps and services that reward us with free gift cards and the like are hardly new, in fact they've been around for a long time. Even Microsoft has a rewards program to get you to use their search engine. Well, Mobile Performance Meter is a new kind of rewards app for Android, and it rewards you for simply using your smartphone. All you need to do is be connected to your respective wireless carrier for the app to do what it needs to do. Which is essentially collect data about how good your signal and coverage is. Unlike other apps, you don't have to do too much interaction with other apps or games and there's very little having to interact with ads.
The developer of Mobile Performance Meter, Embee Mobile, is collecting data for Nielsen, who's interested in learning more about network coverage across the US. The app has recently undergone an update which brings the service to more and more cities within the US, so if it wasn't compatible with you before, you can now try again. As for new users, you're given 100 free meter points when you sign up and you can earn as much as 20 per day. Now, that isn't actually a huge amount of points, as a number of reviewers have pointed out, you couldn't reach the top tier gift card of $100 in a year, but others have gained $25 or so in a matter of months. These reward programs are mostly the same however, as they don't all give out a huge amount of points. Which is a shame, but then again it is free.
Unlike other apps like this however, Mobile Performance Meter seems legitimate and a decent way of getting hold of some free Amazon gift cards, and apparently the app isn't even all that intrusive. Nevertheless, whether or not this works for you is up to the developer, who is rolling out the Mobile Performance Meter to more and more cities, so keep on checking back after a little while. As for the app itself, you can grab that at the source link.