War against robocalls wages on; swap your smartphone for a flip phone and earn $1,000
Morning Business Outlook: Federal Communications Commission passes a ruling that will allow phone companies to block spam calls by default; one company wants to pay you $1,000 to swap your smartphone for a flip phone.
A company was offering one person the chance to put their smartphone aside for a week and trade it for a flip phone.
Frontier Communications introduced the “flip phone challenge” to those brave enough to apply. The company said in a press release Opens a New Window. that it would choose one person and pay them $1,000 to use the throwback gadget. The company will also give the recipient a “boredom buster swag bag” which includes a map, pocket phonebook, notepad, pen and a few CDs from the 1990’s.
The company asked the winning person to log their experience and track “how long it takes you to do basic tasks” such as emails, texting and looking up something on the internet. The company also asks the person to document how many hours of sleep they got a night and if their productivity changed.
The Utah-based company said bonus points will go to applicants who are active on social media or “willing to vlog their experience.” Applicants must be 18 years or older to be considered.
A Frontier spokesperson told MarketWatch Opens a New Window. that the winning person will sign a contract saying they will not use a smartphone device for seven days but can use a laptop or a computer for work.
The winner can channel their inner Warren Buffett – who famously uses a flip phone.