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Scoutmob puts local deals on your mobile device

Scoutmob is a location-aware coupon service that finds local restaurant and retail deals and pushes them to your mobile device.

Scoutmob is a location-aware coupon service that pushes local restaurant and retail deals directly to your mobile device. No need to print or purchase anything, just scroll through the local 50 percent off (and more) coupons available, click "USE THE DEAL," and flash your screen at the location. It's like Groupon, only simpler and better.

What gives Scoutmob its edge over its other deal-serving competitors is that there's no need to purchase anything ahead of time. If your GPS-enabled mobile device detects that you are at the deal location, you get the deal. And most deals are valid for several weeks, if not months, which is a huge step up from other must-buy-today apps that feature flashing countdown timers. There are even Return Perks, offering further discounts to give you an incentive for repeat business.

Scoutmob claims its mobile app encourages and facilitates local exploration, and from our experience it does just that. Because it automatically serves up a menu of nearby deals, without the pressure of a countdown timer or the commitment of a prepurchase, Scoutmob indeed presents a compelling case to try something new, and possibly discover a hidden gem. And for those feeling particularly inquisitive, click the Curiosities button for obscure facts about your locale.

Scoutmob is an incredibly convenient and beautifully designed app, with its primary limitation being the number of cities it fails to cover. But if you're lucky enough to be in one of Scoutmob's markets, the app is an absolute must-download.

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