What about a churn micropayment idea? Instead of having a long chunk of payment like a desktop would use why not have little micropayments. It’s not that mobiles aren’t used a lot it’s just that there are a lot of interruptions. So to equate churn to money, it’s not that you couldn’t dish out say $100 but instead of paying it in a single $100 bill you’d be paying it in $20s or $10s or $5s or even in lots and lots of coinage. In short think the processing and data equivilant of crowdfunding when it comes to mobiles. Can’t we build an app for that?
I don’t see why it being an actual mobile or not is an issue. I have a desktop which I restart frequently because it’s a dual boot computer. Laptops would be in a similar situation. Mobiles just take it to an extreme.
And couldn’t we rig the app to work in conjunction with the mobile or laptop’s battery so that when it got time to “sleep” there would be event signal to “stop farming and save” and then wait till the device was activated again. Then when the device was activated another event would be triggered to “start farming and continue” or something like that.
Also I think this has a lot to do with expectations of farmers.
Farmer type 1. Desktops and servers that can stay on all the time. Farmer type 2. Desktops and laptops that get restarted frequently. Laptops and mobiles that get restarted and put to sleep often and are turning on and off all the time. Punishment and reward scenarios should be determined according to what kind of device you have. You don’t expect a mobile phone to behave like a 24/7 dedicated server nor vice versa.