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If there are two words that can quickly get people excited, it's "free money." And we just so happened to have some to give away, thanks to Venmo. Haven't heard of Venmo? Here's the skinny: it's a quick, easy, and efficient way to instantly send money to friends. Kind of like Paypal, but without the Paypal-ness of it all – it's all just very simple and straightforward.

The fees are also extremely reasonable: transferring money from your Venmo balance is free, as are payments funded by U.S. bank accounts and most debit cards. Only credit card transfers are subject to the standard 3% convenience fee. And if you're worried about your data being safe and secure, don't be – Venmo only transfers data over a 256-bit SSL, which is certified by VeriSign; to add to the level of protection, you can also disable your device from your Venmo account (in case it's lost or stolen).

For the next week, the first 5000 users who sign up for Venmo with this link will score $7 in their account in celebration of the new Nexus 7. Unfortunately, this incentive isn't available for existing Venmo users. Sadface.

Since Venmo is a US-only service, this promotion is only available to US residents.

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One thing you'll notice is a "share to get $7" Facebook button – regardless of how it looks, this is optional. Once you hit the button and the Facebook page loads up, you can share to spread the word about the deal or simply close the dialog - either way, the funds will still transfer into your newly-created Venmo account.

Otherwise, the sign-up process is as simple as simple can be: use the same phone number to sign up with that you entered into the above-linked form, and you're golden. The entire process takes about two minutes, and you'll be ready to send and receive funds, and your free $7 will show up instantly. Can't really argue with that.

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This incentive is good for one week (or until all 5000 vouchers have been used up), so make sure you grab yours before August 21st at 11:59PM PT. 

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    It's ok i guess...

  • astaub

    I like free money

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I can't believe you like money too

      • Mr E

        Me too! This is truly a small world!

  • Danny365

    Can you transfer your free money to your PP account?

    • firesoul453

      not directly, but indirectly you can. THey compete with paypal so don;t expect this option.

  • douhan

    Signed up with email, linked to Facebook later... No money

    • Sun87

      You need to redeem first and download the app after. I think that's why the blogpost says, "Unfortunately, this incentive isn't available for existing Venmo users. Sadface."

  • douhan

    Google voice number, that's my problem...

    • mgamerz

      Use your real #.

    • chairs&eggs

      Sameeee.
      but then I added my google number onto the account and got my moneeez!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Not a problem, just change your number in your venmo account.

  • Avery

    LOVE Venmo. Wish I wasn't already a user so I could do this. SO much better than PayPal. Sharing this with all my friends who I've wanted to signup.

  • mgamerz

    Note: This has to be the phone that has the number, as I think it reads the number on the phone. I tried it with my google voice and it didn't work so I have to use my actual number.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You can then change the phone number on your venmo account and it'll grant you the credit. Just log in on their site.

  • Omar Thompson

    Not seeing the $7. DO I have to wait a while?

    • mgamerz

      Did you sign up with your actual number?

      • Omar Thompson

        Darn, nope. GV also. What do I need to do now?

        • chairs&eggs

          Add your GV number to your venmo account on the website and you get the money!

          • Omar Thompson

            Cool, just got it. thnx

          • Mike

            Wow, sounds like way to much trouble for $7. I'll pass.

  • mgamerz

    Thanks AP. Just got mine. Since I don't have friends that go out to eat or pay for stuff for me that I pay them back on (like I have the money to do anything on this college funds...) I just cashed out. Puts me 50% towards the plant I am putting in my apartment :)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I haven't used my account yet but some of my friends swear by it and love venmo to death. It's like PayPal, except specializing on splitting bills, paying back, requesting money, and other personal transactions.

    Plus, hey, free $7.

    • Steve Williamson

      does the USA not have mobile banking on your phones where you can transfer each other money easily? (and free)

      • Solust

        It exists, but the customer service at a decent number of large banks can be troubling. For instance I used Bank of America and I would get service charges I wasn't supposed to be getting every couple of months and I'd have to go in and deal with it in person. About 2 years of dealing with that I decided to use smaller banks. My bank will probably get mobile banking here in a few months but it only recently grew to a size that it could offer that.

    • Brian

      Didn't get mine.

      • Tim

        same

      • Happy New Venmo User

        Try emailing promo@venmo.com, they helped me.

      • Samik Parekh

        same here.... i think they might reach 5000 already..

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    This looks really cool, but US-only :(

  • Androidaramaaa

    Free money wahoooooooooooooooooooo!!! My landlord has been pestering me to sign up since he hates having to go to the bank to cash my rent checks. Now my September rent will be $7 less! Thanks Venmo and thanks AP!

  • Matthew Fry

    Hey.

    Thanks!

  • Jaymoon

    Umm, because I did things completely bass-ackward (no fault but my own for not seeing the link), I'm concerned about how this site got my phone number...

    After skimming the page, I searched for Venmo in the Play Store, downloaded and installed. Then chose Sign Up and did so manually (not through Facebook). Put in the details it asked for, and my account was created.

    When I noticed a $0 balance, that's when I went back to this page, read a little closer, and realized I need to click the special link for the $7.

    But what concerns me is that when I put in my phone number in the promo page, it says I already have an account. Strange, I never gave them my phone number. So I went to the website and logged in, and sure enough under account details, there's my phone number.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but here's the permissions for the app: http://i.imgur.com/aaMWg1B.png

    What permission there allows them to have my phone number?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

      I did the same as you (installed the app and signed up before clicking the link on this page). Annoyed at myself, and disappointed, I went on the website and canceled my account. Today, I tried the link again, and it let me use it. So I was still able to get the free $7

  • jesuguru

    Worked for me, but when I tried to get a family member in on it (different phone#, Facebook, etc), it said "Sorry, either this person's already registered with Venmo [they're not], or you've already gotten your $7. Refer someone else!"

    I'm guessing they recognized I was using the same computer and figured I was gaming their system. For others: be careful to use a different computer/IP to register multiple people.

  • jrb2137

    Venmo is awesome! I use it all the time to spilt meals, drinks, rent, utilities, travel expenses, etc. with my friends. It makes paying your friends convenient and personal.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    It doesn't seem to work if you don't sign up with Facebook initially, even if you link your Facebook account after you have started...

    • blakegriffinfan2013

      It only works before you create an account. If you already have an account, it won't work.

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        I created one today from the link in the article, but I did not create it with my Facebook login. Then I linked my Facebook and it still did not give me any credit.

        • Falconator

          Go to the venmo website via web browser and add your phone number that you used to get the $7. It'll get added to your account afterwards.

          • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

            Already did... Did not work.

          • Steve Austin

            It didn't work for me either. If you go to your account page, what does it say beside 'identity verification'?

            Mine has a link saying 'identify here'. When I click it it says that I might have another account and that I need to contact Venmo.

            Android Police does not show up as one of my friends either.

          • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

            Mine says "verified". Too bad looks like I will never use Venmo.

  • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

    Cameron: are you sure you want your phone number in the screen cap shown above?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's actually not Cameron's number. It's Venmo's.

      • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

        Er, duh. *smacks forehead* Thanks.

  • Chris

    Done took about 1 minute. Thanks! Gonna use this as an alternative to paypal for donations for my server since so many people refuse to use paypal.

  • firesoul453

    Woot!
    Free $7! Thats awesome!

  • Falconator

    Nice...finally got in on a deal from AP! Thank you!
    Can i use the $7 to buy apps from Google Play???

    • firesoul453

      Its real money so you can do anything with it

      • Falconator

        Trying to figure out how to transfer to google wallet or pay with this account...

  • iamwei

    is it supposed to take this long? registered 25 minutes ago

    • Esther Jang

      The money comes through as long as your phone number associated with your Venmo account matches whatever is linked to your FB or what you entered on the promo site. You can go tovenmo.com, sign in, and change your phone number there. The money should show up once you do that.

    • Kurt Laws

      Wondering the same. Got the link in the text, signed up and still no $7

    • 808Bill

      Double check the website. If there is a "1" preceding your phone number, delete it. The money will instantly hit your account.

  • 808Bill

    No money for me. :( Do you have to sign in with Facebook? (I hate Facebook).

    • Esther Jang

      You don't have to sign in with Facebook. You can link FB so that it shows you which of your friends have Venmo though. The money comes through as long as your phone number associated with your Venmo account matches whatever is linked to your FB or what you entered on the promo site. You can go to venmo.com, sign in, and change your phone number there. The money should show up once you do that.

      • 808Bill

        Well, not in my case. I loaded the app from the text message sent to my phone. I double checked the web site, and my correct phone number was always there. Still nothing. Typical. I can never win an AP give away.

        • 808Bill

          Woot! Solved it. Deleted the "1" That was preceding my phone number on the website. $7 appeared instantly.

  • Kie

    I signed up with the link above. Then installed the application and loaded it up. It has AP set as a friend of mine, but doesn't seem to be giving me the $7. I received a text saying the $7 was received and that I should install the app. I also got four texts saying "we received the same command from you multiple times" even before I got the app downloaded.

    Maybe it is because my identity isn't verified? I give them the last 4 of my ss and it says it cant find me that way and needs the entire number and also my address. A bit hesitant to do that.

    • Falconator

      Add your number into your profile via webpage. The funds will go in after that.

    • Kie

      So, I've received the money and for anyone else who is having trouble I'll write out what I tried.

      First, I went into the app->profile (top left button)->settings->linked accounts->and saw Facebook didn't say connected so I clicked on it and it connected.

      Second, I went to the Venmo website to see if my number was there as the other commenter had suggested. It was but I clicked on it anyway and resubmitted it. (Doubt this step played a part in it, but it was something I did before the money appeared)

      Last, I noticed that on the website it wasn't connected to my Facebook, so I connected there as well. Few minutes after this last step the money was there.

      Hope this helps someone, and thank you AP and Venmo for this promotion.

  • Matthew Fry

    Not working for me. Put my phone number in, got the text, installed the app, went online, verified my number was correct. What am I missing?

    • 808Bill

      Solved It. Go on line, and at your phone number, delete the first digit, a "1".

      • Matthew Fry

        You are a friggin genius! Thanks!

  • jmlares

    I signed up with my number, used Facebook, downloaded the app from the text they sent me. Still nothing. Noticed they take 3% too. :( Gosh, so much hoops for just $7. I hope they know that the $35,000 they are giving away is just money going down the drain. I would not use it after this experience.

    • jmlares

      I hard to go into my account, and push the option to change my number, then save it. Bleh!

      • Esther Jang

        The 3% fee is only for credit cards. I just used Venmo with my debit card and it's all free.

      • Esther Jang

        It's also pretty sick that I just sent my housemate in another state over $1000 for rent. He got it in less than a minute. Was totally worth jumping the few hoops to get $7 off rent and not have to write and mail a check to my housemate. #Lifechanger.

        • jmlares

          Now THAT is cool!

  • jonathan3579

    I didn't get the free money. It sent me the link and once I created an account it says $0.00

    Did I miss something?

    • 808Bill

      Log on to the website. Make sure there isn't a "1" preceding your phone number. If there is one, delete it (the "1").

      • jonathan3579

        Just logged in and my phone number is correct. In fact, I logged in with my phone number just to see if it would and it signed me in still with the $0.00 balance. I'm lost on this one. I can't complain about not getting free money but it would be nice if I had it. Lol

        • 808Bill

          Now go to your profile settings, you'll see your phone number, but it is preceded by a "1". Remove it.

          • jonathan3579

            Bingo! Thank you. Despite the fact that it didn't show the one on my profile, once I hit edit, there was a "1"

  • TheDude

    Thank you AP! As a jobless guy trying to get in shape and the monthly gym fee coming up, I can now afford to pay it. I really appreciate the work you guys do and provide. Gotta love this website.

  • kevin

    is the promotion over? i just went through all the steps, going through the links and using the same phone #/etc. and i got nothing. tried twice and nothing

    • 808Bill

      Go to the website, log on, go to your profile. Edit your phone number. If a "1" precedes your number, delete it. Your $7 should then appear.

      • Jacob Dominic Loera

        I tried this and the 1 was there but when I removed it and checked again it was still there... :/

        • duke69111

          You might click the change phone number in the blue box more than one. I had to do it 2-3 times and then my $7.00 credit appeared.

      • duke69111

        Removing the 1 fixed it for me. Thanks.

  • Brian

    Did not receive my credit. Very disappointed. I followed the link and instructions.

  • Steve Austin

    Don't bother. This is a scam. Myself and others on Slickdeals have not received any credit.

    • Esther Jang

      It seems to work perfectly fine. My friends have been on Venmo for a while now and pretty sure it's not a scam. Maybe they have some way of knowing whether the user came from Slickdeals or from Android Police?

  • Tim

    Im still not getting it and I fixed the number im using bluestacks to run the app since I have a shitty 5$ phone thats not smart

  • MadDogTen

    Worked Greatly, Thanks a Ton!

  • Marcel Jeannin II

    Thanks AP and Venmo

  • Chris T

    Thanks AP got mine a few days ago.

  • Gary

    If anyone has bitcoins or litecoins that they would like to sell via Venmo... Email me. I did this promotion and got my $7! ;) I have about $2k in Venmo to spend on coins. GPoitras954@gmail.com

  • ben

    just recently got mine in the mail. Gonna get myself a sexy case from http://www.caseco.ca since I'm a clumsy fool and don't want any dents on my nexus.

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