Tengi is a messaging application that gives back to its users in the form of cash prizes

Tengi is an instant messaging app much like Kik or WhatsApp, but with a twist: chatting gets you tickets for a weekly free prize draw, with a top prize of £1,000 in cash and hundreds of smaller cash prizes.

It’s a neat way of giving back to the users in ways that go beyond what other messaging apps have done. It pays to get your friends on the application as well; the more friends you have on Tengi, and the more you chat, the more tickets you get, so it can improve your chances of winning greatly.

Tengi offers the same features as other chat apps, such as sending text, emoticons, photos, videos and audio messages for free via one-to-one and group chats with friends and family. The difference with Tengi lies with its commitment to “always giving back at least 50% of our weekly revenue (from ads) as prizes to users.”

Tengi can be downloaded free of charge and is available now via the iTunes App Store and Google Play for users in the UK. Tengi also has plans for a Windows Phone version on the roadmap, though no official release date is available yet.