From surfing free to getting paid

In a week where free ISPs have hit the headlines, a scheme that pays people to surf the Web has announced its extension to New Zealand.

In a week where free ISPs have hit the headlines, a scheme that pays people to surf the Web has announced its extension to New Zealand.

Like the new local ISP i4free, the California-based AllAdvantage Affiliate Programme derives its income from advertising - using a "Viewbar" window that delivers "personalised instant adverts" to members, who earn money by using the Internet or by signing up others through a referral scheme.

The scheme pays people who download and install the Viewbar software at an hourly rate for up to 25 hours a month. The hourly rate in New Zealand is $1. Payment is triggered when a minimum $40 is earned.

But New Zealander Brian Garbutt, who became a member in April last year and has been earning since January has not had a payment from the scheme. He says by the start of February he had earned $NZ50. He received an email from the company recently saying it was having trouble with the payment and that it would be delayed.

AllAdvantage, which describes itself as an "infomediary" says it has a roster of around four million members in 25 countries. It was founded in February last year and is privately held. It is financed by Walden Media and the Information Technology Fund, among others.

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