Smart phones are expensive — often too much so for younger users, or even those suffering through the economic downturn. But there are now apps to help an smart phone pay for itself. As this article outlines, apps such as easyshift and gigwalk (both VC backed) allow users to do simple local tasks: take a photo of a menu, or product placement in a drugstore.
The average gigwalk user apparently makes over $200 a month. Enough to let your kid earn back the cost of a new phone. Or to pay for when he breaks yours.