It’s common practice for dating websites to charge people subscription fees.Luckily, there are a few dating websites out there that tackled this problem and found other monetization methods so that users don’t have to pay to speak to each other.
Having no less than 3 million active daily users, POF (an acronym for “plenty of fish”) claims to have the highest number of dates, relationships and visits and the best thing is that you don’t have to pay anything to communicate with other users.
You will find here people of all ethnicities: Caucasians, black people, Hispanics, Asians, Indians, you name it. After filling in a simple signup form, you will take their so called “Chemistry Test” to obtain suggestions of people who match your emotional needs.
POF is suitable for those who are looking for fun but also those who are past this point and want to settle down. You can check out their success stories written by people who actually found their better half on POF.com.
If you prefer browsing from your phone, you can download an app for iOS, Android or Windows, depending on your device.
Having a signup form that takes less than 30 seconds to complete, this free online dating site has one of the biggest database of users in the world. This is why we listed it second for people living in Calgary. The first concern that comes to mind is that most of the profiles might be fake, but this is not the case of Mingle2.com.
Due to strict monitoring, the number of fake profiles is kept to a minimum. We’re not saying there aren’t any, but chances are you don’t have problems with that. Moreover, you can block anyone you don’t want to talk to.
There are no restrictions regarding age or sexual orientation and it’s absolutely free to communicate. You might think “ok, then how do they make money?”. Probably through paid ads, but don’t worry, ads are placed discreetly on the website so they don’t bother visitors.
Don’t hesitate to download their iPhone and Android App, depending on your device. This will keep you connected to your matches at all times.
MetroDate targets a wide range of singles: straight, gay, bisexuals, black, Hispanic, Indian, Jewish, Christian, Muslims, old, young, middle aged, you name it. An awesome thing about this website is that it’s translated in many different languages, including French, Arabic, and Spanish.
The site thrives on ads so it doesn’t charge users anything for communication. Still, ads are placed in a way that doesn’t mess up user experience. Some people complained about pop-ups that prompt you to give your location and about the dating pool not being big enough (50k members).
A disadvantage is that you won’t find users from sparsely populated areas, but this should not be a problem for you considering that Calgary has over 1 million inhabitants. Other than that, the lack of subscriptions and charges makes this website suitable for those who don’t want to pay for finding dates.
The online website is not available yet, but it seems they are working on it. Anyway, Tinder is available on mobile devices that run on Android or iOS. There were more than 10 billion matches created through this app, so that’s why we ranked it fourth.
The Android version was downloaded by more than 2.1 million people and there is an option to upgrade to Tinder Plus for enhanced features like free profile boosts, second chances and the ability to meet people from all over the world. The subscription starts at $10 per month.
The app is very easy to use. You log in and then you see profile pictures of others on your screen. If you like someone, you swipe right and if you don’t, you swipe left to have the next profile appear on the screen. If they like you back, it’s a match. We can’t think of a simpler system than that.
When you see someone you really like and want to chat with, swipe up to send a Super Like or tap the blue star.
This community has more than 30 million members and it’s easy to sign up. You can do it with your Facebook account or with a valid email. If you don’t like the web version, you are free to download their app, available in Google Play and App Store.
According to AskMen.com, the website has an overall rating of 7.4/10. The strong points revolve around the quality of members (few fake profiles) and the ease of use, so that even older people who are not accustomed with technology can use it freely.
The website has a couple of weaknesses though. The value for price was rated at about 7/10 and so was customer satisfaction. Another disadvantage is the lack of a dating compatibility system and integrated video features.
You get standard icebreaker questions that make conversations easier. The whole website resembles a social network and it’s a low pressure environment where you can meet new people, not necessarily dates.