Today, we’re announcing a major change in how we deliver news on phones to you. We’re rolling out a paywall.
Now, you may have heard some bad things about paywalls in the past… they’re evil, draconian, and yes, there are 500 other web sites that cover exactly the same news… and do it for free. Yes, we’ve heard all that too. So, in designing our paywall, we had to get a little creative.
Ours functions differently from any other pay wall, and is fitting for the PhoneNews.com brand. Instead of having to directly pay to view the site, we’re still free.
Here’s how it will work:
1) When visiting PhoneNews.com, once per day, per browser, per device, and per typist, you will get our pay wall. It will present you with a phone number to call into. To help keep that free, we will also provide a Gmail Google Voice call button, so you can make the call right from your device.
2) You’ll have to listen to some ads. We’re sorry.
3) After listening to some ads, you’ll be given a 14 digit code, which you’ll enter in a box that will appear on the site. This code changes every minute, so you can’t share it with your friends. Fear not, we keep playing it in a loop in case you make a mistake.
4) Using Facebook Connect, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, OpenID, StumbleUpon, Digg, and MySpace bridges, you can share this login between devices, so you just have to connect with all your social networking sites to keep reading PhoneNews.com… until the next day, when you can repeat the process over again.
We’ll be implementing this change over the next week, so you may see the site vanish from the web briefly in a rolling deployment, don’t worry, all those 403 errors are just us implementing new ad spaces to help also make the site even more profitable. For feedback, partner commentaries, and more details, click read more…
April Fools Everyone… paywalls… sheesh.