AMAZON IS GETTING AGGRESSIVE with promotions for its third-party Android Appstore by giving users a way of downloading 10 free apps and ending up with as much as £24 profit on the deal.
For 24 hours users can download nine chargeable Android apps for free. All of the apps have a photography theme, and they include popular titles such as Paper Camera and Perfectly Clear.
In addition, your account will be credited with 100 Coins, Amazon's in-store currency, for each title downloaded. With each Amazon Coin worth a penny, that can add up to £9 in credit.
But it doesn't stop there. In a separate offer, users can download the Android port of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and get 2,000 more coins.
The two offers work together, so by buying Grand Theft Auto with the free coins you gain from the photography apps, you can end up with 2,400 coins - £24 in credit - without spending a penny, and you'll have nine photography apps and a top game for your trouble.
It's not clear what Amazon's motive is here. It could be that the two offers weren't meant to work together. It could be that it believed no one would notice. But more likely is that this is a cunning ploy to get people like us writing about it, in which case, mission accomplished. However, if it means that our readers get free games plus beer money on a Friday afternoon, so be it.
Assuming it was not a mistake, the free app of the day changes at midnight, so that's how long you have to get all of your apps. The promotional Amazon Coins you earn are valid for a year.
We've tried it and we can confirm that it works, and we understand that US users can get the same deal, strengthening our suspicions that this was no accident, but rather some cunning viral marketing. µ