On My Way App is a rewards app that rests on an entirely different assumption than your average get-paid-to site. Instead of paying you to do this thing or another, it pays you not to.
There are sites that pay you for various activities – watching videos and ads, reading emails, taking surveys, playing games, listening to music… All of them, however, restrict you to very particular content that you probably wouldn’t have chosen in your leisure time.
This app presumes to be different. It rewards you for not texting or using your phone while you drive. And that’s it – there’s nothing else you need to do.
Sounds good? I couldn’t agree more! In theory, this should be a very convenient way to rack in some passive cash. But we need to be very careful when adding new apps on our mobile devices. If using the internet is a bit like opening up your front door for all kinds of malware or abuse, installing new apps is like inviting them in.
So, before you go ahead and install it, let’s take a thorough look into this app, as well as the company that runs it. Even if there’s nothing wrong with them, it still doesn’t mean the app is a good enough moneymaker!
Is On My Way App Legit or Scam?
This is basically the most important question for every single app or site out there. Once you assert that something is legit, the rest is up to you and your personal preferences.
The first sign that it is trustworthy is the fact that it’s free to use. Another proof of legitimacy is that they have an established social media presence, and have been featured in many news outlets. For some reason, their Facebook page doesn’t work. But there are Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages. At the very least, it means they are open to criticism.
But let’s dive in a bit deeper. The company behind this app is called OMW Mobile Security, Inc. The website doesn’t list their physical address or any phone numbers, but there’s an email address, so that you can contact support in case you need anything.
According to the OpenCorporates database, they are based in Woodland Hills, California.
What About Your Sensitive Info?
Unlike most other rewards apps, this one requires you to scan your driver’s licence. It’s a prerequisite because without it, anyone could just install the app and enjoy making money while, say, commuting by a bus. (That’s if you can actually resist not looking at your phone for the duration of a commute!)
So, what do they do with this sensitive piece of info? According to this article, the co-founder has disclosed that their “advertisers may access some of it if they purchase space to place a deal in the app”.
Well, you may think, sharing your address, driver’s licence and location can’t hurt anything. But I think that in the era of large-scale data abuse, you can’t be too cautious as to whom you are trusting with any of your info. While there’s no reason to doubt the company’s good intentions, you can’t exactly vouch for the third parties that may get access to some of that info.
How Does It Work?
All you need to do is turn the app on before starting your ride. There are basically three ways of earning via On My Way App:
- Driving without using your phone. You’ll get $0.05 per mile of driving without texting, calling, or peeking at social media. While you’re driving, the app will block your incoming call and text alerts and send an automated reply that you’re busy. (The reply will also contain your referral link with an invitation to sign up.) However, you are allowed to use your phone via Bluetooth connection.
- Referring friends. You’ll get $0.02 per every mile that your referees spend driving without using their phone. And these are lifelong earnings that you’ll be getting for as long as they use the app.
- You’ll be earning even as a passenger.
To make the app even more appealing, there are even signup bonuses. You’ll get $10 upfront, as well as $2 flat per every friend who signs up via your link. Sounds like a really good bargain so far!
Note, however, that there’s a catch here. You will only get paid for the miles you spent driving over 10 MPH. Sorry, bad drivers – the countless hours you spend wriggling in and out of your parking spot won’t count!
- The signup bonus is above par. Most rewards apps either offer nothing or anything up to $5. With $10 when you sign up and $2 per every friend of yours, this app offers a really nice incentive.
- The referral program also sounds okay, considering that there’s literally nothing you need to do to earn it.
- Their mission is praiseworthy. Incentivizing people to drive safely really is a great thing, nevermind the rewards themselves.
- What you see isn’t what you’ll get. In other words, the dollars that you’ll see in your balance aren’t actual dollars, but the app’s currency. Is this similarity purely coincidental? I think not! Especially because the conversion of these points to actual cash isn’t straightforward.
- You can only cash out via PayPal if you accrue 250 referrals. I won’t say that it’s downright impossible. Who am I to judge? But I’ll wager it’s a pretty unattainable threshold for most people.
- You get to exchange your “dollars” for various obscure (and often unavailable) deals. This is the single most off-putting fact primarily because it differs from what they promise you upfront. There’s nothing wrong with obscure gift cards, especially when they’re paired with a nice mission. But it’s only fair to say it loudly and not promise things you won’t deliver.
- Is your personal info safe with them? You may or may not take their word for it.
Final Verdict – Is On My Way App a Good Deal or a Waste of Time?
I won’t go so far as to say that this app is a waste of time – especially if you regularly commute hundreds of miles behind the wheel. However, it’s hardly profitable, especially when you take into account the lousy rewards they offer. And when you factor in the potential exposure of your sensitive info, the case is more than clear.
However, being launched only in 2019, the app is still a young player. There is certainly much room for improvement, so I suggest you to follow its further development. We’ll update this article as soon as there’s new info, so stay tuned!