Amazon launches ‘Surprise!’ e-card app for sending gift cards

amazon launches surprise e card app for sending gift cards
Amazon, in its eternal quest to shift cash from your bank account to theirs, has just launched a new app it hopes will help it score a few extra sales (or possibly hundreds of thousands) of its gift cards.

Called Surprise!, the iOS and Android app allows you to quickly and easily knock together an e-card to send to a loved one for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, Thanksgiving, or how about Christmas, that time of year when we love to send gifts.

The app’s various e-card designs are fairly basic but do the job; no doubt over time Amazon will broaden its range.

Cards can be customized with a photo, video, audio greeting, or simply a personal typed message, and can be left at that. However, should you wish to add an Amazon gift card, the process is straightforward enough, with the sender able to load it with credit valued at anything from a measly 50 cents all the way to a more generous and possibly bankruptcy-inducing $2,000.

Once completed, it’s just a case of going through the payment process and hitting ‘send.’

The free app also includes an ‘Occasion Timeline’ that enables you to easily build a database of important occasions, so you’ll be reminded each time one comes around.

The app really is a no-brainer for Amazon, offering a straightforward service that should bring in some extra revenue via sales of its gift cards. For Amazon shoppers, it offers a convenient way to quickly get a gift together if you’re the type who tends to leave things till the last minute, as many consumers tend to do in the run up to December 25.

[Amazon Surprise! for iOS and Android]

Mobile

Huawei can make superb phones, but the Y7 Prime isn’t one of them

We've adored some of the recent Huawei smartphones, including the excellent P20 Pro; but the firm also makes some cheaper hardware. We've been using the $220 Huawei Y7 Prime to find out if it's similarly tempting.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Computing

Gaming laptops with Nvidia’s flagship RTX cards could arrive by CES 2019

Rumors suggest that Nvidia will take the wraps off its flagship RTX graphics card for laptops at around CES 2019. If the timeline is accurate, this will mean we'll hear laptops with RTX GPUs announced at the show.
Deals

These 30 Amazon Coupons can help you save on the things you need

Did you know there are thousands of Amazon Coupons and promo codes that you can take advantage of? We found coupons for everything from tech to everyday products. Find out what savings you've been missing out on.
Movies & TV

‘House of Cards’ season 6 trailer has Claire defending her destiny

Season 6 of the award-winning political drama House of Cards premieres in November, and Netflix has released a new trailer previewing the challenges in store for U.S. President Claire Underwood.
Mobile

PayPal will soon let you withdraw cash at Walmart, but there’s a catch

PayPal has teamed up with Walmart to allow its account holders to withdraw and deposit cash at the store. The service launches at all Walmart stores across the U.S. in early November, but there's a catch.
Social Media

Instagram is testing a new way for you to look through your feed

Instagram is constantly tweaking its app to help give its users the best experience possible, so how do you like the sound of tapping — instead of swiping — to look through your feed?
Mobile

Check out our handy step-by-step tips for the awesome new Sony Xperia XZ3

This slick, stylish new Sony smartphone has hidden depths, and we’re here to help you unlock them with our Xperia XZ3 tips roundup. We’ve got advice on how to get the best picture, sound, and more in this easy step-by-step guide.
Mobile

Verizon's newest deals can net you $500 off the LG V40 ThinQ

Looking for a new LG flagship? The LG V40 ThinQ is here, and it's bringing a familiar style, two more camera lenses, and upgraded specs. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the LG V40 ThinQ.
Mobile

The news is stressful, but easier on the eyes with new Google News dark theme

Being blinded at 6 a.m. when you wake up and check the news will soon be a thing of the past, as Google is rolling out an update that adds a much-needed dark theme to Google News.
Mobile

Pocket transforms articles into podcasts with an assist from Amazon

Read-it-later app Pocket is adding an option to turn articles into easily navigable podcasts with its new app redesign for iOS and Android. The feature relies on Amazon's voice-to-text service Polly.
Mobile

Here’s our guide on how to get ‘Fortnite’ on your Android device

'Fortnite: Battle Royale' is one of the biggest games in the world right now, and it's finally on Android, even if getting set up is a bit long-winded. Here's how to play 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' on an Android device.
Deals

Save up to $1,000 with the best smartphone deals for October 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $1,000.
Mobile

Put your iPad Pro to the test with these great games

Did you recently purchase a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, or are you enjoying the 12.9-inch version? If so, we've rounded up a few of the best iPad Pro games currently available on Apple's mobile platform.