Developer: Yowza!!
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.0

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I will admit up front that I am somewhat of a couponaholic. I make extensive use of internet coupons, the Sunday paper and even Clipper Magazine! And despite all of the hype surrounding the launch of Yowza!!, owing largely to the fame of one of its developer’s Heroes/Felicity fame (Greg Grunberg), it left me wanting…a lot…more.

The concept of Yowza!! is great—coupons for the digital age. After all, clipping coupons and carrying them around with you is so 2008. Basically, what the developers have purportedly done is negotiate shopping and dining deals, making them available to users via their iPhone application After tapping in some basic demographic information, Yowza!! makes use of your device’s location finder to present you with a list of coupons which can be scanned straight from your device. Other features include the ability to track your favorite deals and merchants as well as your total savings. Yowza!! presents you only with deals from merchants who have negotiated exclusive offers for Yowza!! users. In this aspect it is uniquely different from other services that ‘aggregate’ internet coupons for you.

Sounds great, right? The main issue with Yowza!! is a distinct lack of content. I live in Miami, Florida. Not Miami, OH or some other underpopulated homestead in this vast country of ours. And Yowza!! returned a grand total of five (5) results, two of which seemed to be store ads or ‘news’ items and not coupons at all. Now I realize that this is a new service and some would say I’m being a bit harsh, but the developers put this app out there for public consumption and it doesn’t seem ready for prime time. My hope is that retailers will see the concept’s potential for growth and sign on now that Yowza!! is up and running; there are a lot of iPhone and iPod Touch users out there after all.

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