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cell phone barcode scanIf you’ve been following the recent articles I’ve written here, you should be used to checking into places with your phone by now. In fact, you should already be familiar with services like Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Read More and Gowalla 5 Best Location-Based Alternatives to Foursquare 5 Best Location-Based Alternatives to Foursquare Read More – and up-and-comers like Glympse Glympse - A Safe & Simple Way to Share Your Location With Your Mobile Device Glympse - A Safe & Simple Way to Share Your Location With Your Mobile Device Read More . You should also be an expert at finding bars and drink specials by now. You might even know how to check into your favorite movies and TV shows with GetGlue Discover New Favorites in Entertainment With GetGlue Discover New Favorites in Entertainment With GetGlue Read More , if you’ve been paying attention.

Next up on my list is a service called CheckPoints. The premise is very simple, you check in whenever you visit a store and scan the items you purchase to build up points and gain rewards. It takes very minimal effort and can actually be quite fun.

Checking In Is So 2011

I’m a big believer that 2011 is the year that mobile tech is going to blow up. With all the tablet PCs being unveiled at CES, news of Verizon getting the iPhone, and all the Android devices Google has planned for this year, people are going to be more mobile than ever.

What does this mean for you? Apps. Developers will be coming out with a lot of great apps this year and, I believe, a good majority of them are going to utilize GPS capabilities. As more and more people become accustomed to checking in at places, more and more businesses will start cutting deals and utilizing these features.

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CheckPoints is a perfect example of this. It offers a fun and easy way to collect rewards at places. Whether you’re at the grocery store, bookstore, or pharmacy you can check in and win cool stuff.

What Is CheckPoints?

To get started using CheckPoints, just download the app for your iPhone or Android mobile device. Then, open up the app whenever you’re shopping and just tap on the item you want to scan, aim your phone’s camera at the barcode, and you’re done. Each time you scan a featured product you’ll earn points and coins to use in the bonus play area.

CheckPoints can be used in literally over a million stores to scan featured products with your phone. Rewards you can win include gift cards, airline miles, gadgets, and even donations to charity.

Every time you scan an item you can also collect bonus points by playing games and instantly winning. This is also a way for users to take advantage of CheckPoints opportunities if you are using, say, an iPod or iPad rather than a phone.

Also, you can use the Change Aisle button if you just want to see which items are nearest you in the store that you’re in.

Here’s a very informative YouTube video of exactly how CheckPoints works:

Where can I get CheckPoints?

CheckPoints is currently available for the iPhone and Android devices. For iPhone (or iTouch/iPad), just head over to the App Store and download the app. For Android, you can scan the QR Code below using the cell phone barcode scan scanning app (which you’ll use for CheckPoints too) on your phone.

I think having the ability to scan any item you come across in a store is a big benefit to users with smart phones, and we’re going to start seeing a lot more creative uses for these types of technologies.

What do you think of CheckPoints?

  1. Sarai
    December 22, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Can I scan barcodes living in venezuela ?

  2. Lbonventib
    March 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    To Win extra points when creating a new account, use The code: lbonventi

    • Erin
      March 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Why would we randomly use yours???

  3. Lovetohhok
    March 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    As far as I am concerned, don't waste your time with this app. I have still yet to see my amazon cards and now when I try to sign in it tells me invalid user/password but yet if I uninstall and reinstall and start over, it tells me I already have an account. I have repeatedly contacted support and received a verification they received my request but yet to hear anything. It's too bad because I think it's a great concept but unfortunately doesn't work.

    • Erin
      March 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Actually, it does work... I've redeemed 3 gamestop giftcards for $50 each and used them already

    • Aibek
      March 6, 2011 at 6:59 am

      thanks for the feedback

  4. Romansx58
    February 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    if you have a swagbucks account get this app! link it in loyalty programs to your swagbucks account and you get an extra 100 points which means simply by signing up you have enough for a $1 amazon gift card. use my referral bonus code for an extra 150 points: romansx58

    i know its just a dollar but i got it this morning. also if you dont have a swagbucks account use my same username (romansx58) as your referral code and you will get an extra chunk of swagbucks for making the account. i cant remember how much you get though, sorry. but its real. i got $1 this morning in my email and put the code in on amazon's site and it credited my account.

    good luck all!

  5. Erin
    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Does anyone know if I can create another Checkpoints account once I get my new iPhone 4? I got banned from my last account for no reason but its a totally legit app because I got two $50 gamestop giftcards before my account was banned for an unknown reason.

  6. Paul
    February 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I've used Checkpoints for about a month, there are times where i'm in the store and would receive an error that i'm not at that location and cannot scan the item in. I was able to trade in points for a $1 amazon gift code, but once I earned enough for a $10 card i received an email saying they would process my request, and within 2 weeks received an email saying my account was banned for violation of their terms of service. So how I was banned for going to the store and scanning the barcodes I have yet to figure out but I am hearing more and more about people being banned now once they go to redeem for prizes...

    • Paul
      February 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Also just to update, I checked my account on their website and showed I had a request in to their support 14 days ago, with still no response and showing no support agent was even assigned to my issue yet, in regards to why I was banned. Hopefully I can find out what's going on and give someone an update...

  7. Steve Campbell
    February 11, 2011 at 1:28 am

    I haven't seen anything that would suggest that. It looks pretty legit to me. I also don't see any harm in trying it out.

    TechCrunch even wrote up an article on Checkpoints when the service hit 1 million check-ins: http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/...

  8. Anony
    February 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I am already seeing comments that say that checkpoints is a scam that does not pay you. Do you have more reasons to believe that we should use this app?

    • Steve Campbell
      February 11, 2011 at 12:28 am

      I haven't seen anything that would suggest that. It looks pretty legit to me. I also don't see any harm in trying it out.

      TechCrunch even wrote up an article on Checkpoints when the service hit 1 million check-ins: http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/06/checkpoints-hits-1-million-check-ins-600k-bar-code-scans/

    • Romansx58
      February 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      if you have a swagbucks account get this app! link it in loyalty programs to your swagbucks account and you get an extra 100 points which means simply by signing up you have enough for a $1 amazon gift card. use my referral bonus code for an extra 150 points: romansx58

      i know its just a dollar but i got it this morning. also if you dont have a swagbucks account use my same username (romansx58) as your referral code and you will get an extra chunk of swagbucks for making the account. i cant remember how much you get though, sorry. but its real. i got $1 this morning in my email and put the code in on amazon's site and it credited my account.

      good luck all!

  9. Snickerslsn1
    February 7, 2011 at 5:16 am

    When registering for a new account on checkpoints put in bonus code: nmkl

  10. mobilni telefoni
    January 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Cool :-)

  11. Lisa
    January 27, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Ok, maybe it's fun, but doesn't this freak you out? TMI to give out...

    From http://www.checkpoints.com/TermsOfUse.html

    (b) Registration. To participate in the Program and redeem points, you must register with the Application. Only one account is permitted per household. To redeem and receive rewards, you may be required to provide your real name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, Social Security number for tax purposes and other information. Other personal information may be needed for certain rewards such as airline mileage account numbers for an airline miles reward. CheckPoints reserves the right to verify this information and suspend any account with fraudulent or multiple registered accounts per household. You are responsible for keeping your personal information current.

  12. Lisa
    January 27, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Ok, maybe it's fun, but doesn't this freak you out? TMI to give out...

    From http://www.checkpoints.com/Ter...

    (b) Registration. To participate in the Program and redeem points, you must register with the Application. Only one account is permitted per household. To redeem and receive rewards, you may be required to provide your real name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, Social Security number for tax purposes and other information. Other personal information may be needed for certain rewards such as airline mileage account numbers for an airline miles reward. CheckPoints reserves the right to verify this information and suspend any account with fraudulent or multiple registered accounts per household. You are responsible for keeping your personal information current.

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