Connect with Kiwi YouTube blogger Jamie Curry for $3200

You can connect with Jamie Curry for $3200. Photo / Facebook
You can connect with Jamie Curry for $3200. Photo / Facebook

A new Australian app can connect you with your favourite celebrities - including New Zealand teenage blogger Jamie Curry - and half of the funds will be donated to charity.

The Sociabl app connects fans to their idols for a few hundred or thousand dollars.

Dreamed up by Sydney-based entrepreneurs Brandon Reynolds, 21, and Jarrad Hrotek, 22, Sociabl boasts a solid line-up of sporting stars, entertainers and online luminaries including teen rock band At Sunset and contestants from The Bachelor and Bachelorette.

Fans buy video chats with a celebrity through the app and then wait for them to get in touch.

Calls range from two to five minutes, and costs between $500 and A$100,000 (NZ$106,000).

A chinwag with Richard Branson will cost $100,000 and it's a similar six-figure amount for the other A-listers Sociabl is chasing.

The app officially launches in Australia on Monday and is due to debut in the United States in April. Its makers are hoping to add the Kardashian family, Justin Bieber and even Barack Obama to the call list.

Smaller stars like New Zealand YouTube teen blogger Jamie Curry are also fetching high fees. Calls to the vlogger cost $3000.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to a charity of the celebrity's choice, including White Ribbon Australia, RSPCA and BeyondBlue.

"Now it's about finding out how the sales will go, if it will work," Mr Reynolds told AAP.

"If we're able to sell 100 calls at $500 a pop, then that's a solid amount in the bank."

A trial in May last year using AFL players drew 35 call sales. Two rounds of private equity funding has raised $250,000 for the business and given it a market value of $9 million.


- AAP

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