Over the past month, the worlds of location-based apps and daily deals have really begun to collide. Foursquare has partnered with five of the major daily deal providers, Groupon has a mobile app that lets users find Groupon Now deals nearby (which is likely coming to foursquare very soon), and GuideMe alerts you when a daily deal is found for a place you’ve visited before.
Our friends at BetaBeat spotted one more collision between those worlds today: DealBurner. It’s a simple service that sends you a text message alert when you check in at a place where a ScoutMob (or other daily deal services â€” see update below) deal is available.
ScoutMob typically features the same 50% off deals found on other deal services, but you don’t have to purchase the deal in advance. You simply use their app to redeem the deal when you arrive at a participating vendor. Rather than taking a 50% cut of the deal price like Groupon, ScoutMob collects just $2 from the business when a customer uses the deal. ScoutMob is currently available in 13 cities, with more coming soon.
DealBurner was built by Jason Fertel, who was formerly one of the engineers behind group texting app Freespeech. According to BetaBeat, the idea for DealBurner came about when a coworker was complaining about getting a free margarita as a foursquare checkin special without realizing the same venue was offering a half-off deal on ScoutMob.
If you’re in one of the ScoutMob cities, it’s worth giving DealBurner a shot. Maybe you’ll find a deal that beats the foursquare checkin special.
UPDATE: Apparently I misread the BetaBeat article. DealBurner covers a lot more than just ScoutMob deals. Fertel let us know it also covers “livingsocial instant, groupon now, tenka, and many others.” That’s a huge difference and definitely makes DealBurner worth the simple signup.