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Mobile dating apps put to the test!

There are two approaches to mobile dating, that is flirting via mobile sites and via smart phone apps:

  • Your mobile phone serves as extension to your favorite dating platform which enables you to use this platform wherever you are.
  • Independent mobile dating apps that have particularly been created for mobile phones (e.g. iPhone Apps).
The former gives you access to millions of singles just like at your PC at home. Independent mobile dating apps, on the other hand, provide cooler features but don’t have as many users yet. But the ones that are using them might be just as trendy as you are!

 

Tips for Mobile Dating

1. No SMS!
If a model-like single can only be contacted via over-priced premium sms, take your hands off! Many sms flirts are pure fakes.

2. Play Safe!
Don’t provide sensitive information like your home address too soon.

3. Check Your Grammar!
Properly written messages make a smart impression on your dating partner.

4. Be Flexible!
You should respond quickly to inquiries so that s/he doesn’t lose interest.

Mobile Dating Apps

The best mobile dating apps in Australia

EliteSingles App

EliteSingles: Dating for sophisticated singles

Link: www.elitesingles.com.au

Rating: 5

Over 16,000,000 users have already signed up to Elite Singles and this number is increasing all the time. Roughly 18,000 new users are here every week… and that’s just in Australia! With an aim to finding a serious partner and/or marriage, a lot of the singles here are really serious about what they’re looking for. Another great thing: over 70% of members are uni grads.

The EliteSingles.com.au app is therefore the same matchmaking site… just in your pocket!

Costs:
  • Download, login and sign up is all for free at EliteSingles. You can also receive matches free of charge.
  • In order to communicate, you will have to pay a subscription starting at $29.95/month.

Short review EliteSingles App

Zoosk.com Mobile

More singles who are more your style.

Link: www.zoosk.com

Rating: 5

Zoosk, after Badoo, is the second-largest social dating site in the world. Already claiming around 30 million current members, Zoosk’s popularity has literally exploded in the last few years.

Ever since the relaunch, the Zoosk App is something that we found to be more than just successful.

The Zoosk App of course allows you to search your local area and surrounding environment. There are also great member profiles to be found, as well as plenty of opportunities to strike up a conversation. Another interesting aspect of the App is the ZSZM Matching System. Based off scientific principles, it aims to take your data and find the best match for you.

Available in multiple languages, the Zoosk App is really a great thing to have on the go. Now you can flirt and date wherever you are!

Costs:
  • Browsing around is free.
  • Sending and reading mails and other premium features start at $12.49/month.

Short review Zoosk.com Mobile

RedHotPie.com.au Mobile

Everybody's doing it

Link: www.redhotpie.com.au

Rating: 4,5

One of Australia's best adult and sex dating sites, RedHotPie.com.au proudly claims 1,500,000 registered users in Australia. RedHotPie is also more than just a sex contact site: there are features like adult chat rooms, singles events, meetups for swingers and more. RedHotPie doesn|t stop there: members can get an e-zine filled with advice on things like both normal and casual dating. So, there is a lot more waiting for you beyond the login page!

As well as RedHotPie’s rather full list of features, webcam chat rooms and sex parties are also organised in Australia on a regular basis. For those who want some side action or indeed want to get more into the lifestyle, this is not a bad place to start off.

You are not restricted to the laptop or computer with RedHotPie.com.au: a mobile app exists as well. So, what are you waiting for?

Costs:
  • Browsing around is free.
  • Sending and reading mails and other premium features start at $23.25/month.

Short review RedHotPie.com.au Mobile

Match.com App

#LoveYourImperfections

Link: www.match.com

Rating: 4,5

Some might argue that Match.com is one of the oldest dating sites in the world... They have certainly been around for a very long time and have a membership base of over 60,000,000 members. They are still somewhat new in Australia, but are available both online and in the form of an app.

Costs:
  • Download the app and sign up for free.
  • Full communication and other features begin at $22.60/month.

Short review Match.com App

Badoo App

Meet new people right now

Link: www.badoo.com

Rating: 4

The Badoo dating app works in a similar manner to the online dating site version, with a databank of well over 250,000,000 users from all over the world. The main aim of this service, however, is a little different to many other dating apps: there is not just a focus on flirting and online dating, but also a social aspect. Many people here are also looking for friends and activity partners.

Costs:
  • There's no cost for downloading, creating a profile and using Badoo's basic functions.
  • Full-service subscriptions begin at US$2.99/month.

Short review Badoo App

RSVP App

Australia's No.1 Dating site

Link: www.rsvp.com.au

Rating: 4

RSVP is many things… and they also claim to be Australia’s no. 1 dating site. There are around 1,200 new singles who join every day. What’s quite unique, though, is that it is a specifically Australian site so there is little chance of overseas scammers as well as a higher chance of you meeting someone nearby.

The RSVP.com.au dating app is also available for those who want to check their matches and messages on the go, as well as what singles events are on in their area.

Costs:
  • Signing up is free, as is creating a profile, searching members and replying to emails.
  • For Priority membership which bestows extra features, membership begins at $6.65/month.

Short review RSVP App

eHarmony App

Beat the odds, Bet on Love with eHarmony

Link: www.eharmony.com

Rating: 3,5

EHarmony seems to be gaining some ground in Australia and there are already over 1.5 million Australia users. This is a matchmaking site that focuses on matching compatible singles together - the vast majority of whom are looking for their soulmate, a serious relationship and marriage. That's why eHarmony names itself a "relationship site" rather than a dating site.

Costs:
  • Downloading, matching and messaging users is free.
  • Subscription to full membership begins at $13.95/month.

Short review eHarmony App

AcademicSingles App

Find educated matches

Link: www.academicsingles.com.au

Rating: 3

What lies behind Academic Singles is a matchmaking site that aims to bring together those who are looking for someone special. While not everyone on here is strictly looking for marriage or a long-term relationship, the majority of members are seeking out someone who is academically minded for dating and more. The pool is a lot smaller than a lot of other dating sites and apps in Australia, at 920,000 members, though this is growing.

Costs:
  • Sign up and create a profile at AcademicSingles for free.
  • If you want to view pictures and communicate with matches, subscription starts from $24.90/month.

Short review AcademicSingles App

FirstMet

Happiness Meets Here

Link: www.firstmet.com

Rating: 3

FirstMet, formerly AYI, has been revamped… and it's not half bad!

Beginning as a humble Facebook dating app in 2007, FirstMet.com has now grown into a mobile app with more than 30,000,000 users. Don’t worry if you have an old AYI account, you can still use it!

There is an "Are You Interested?" feature where "matches" will be proposed to you, based on your location, mutual friends and interests. Users can register and login to FirtMet via Facebook. This of course means that you don't have to spend a lot of time creating your profile or thinking of something clever to write.

Costs:
  • Download, registration and sign up are all free, as is instant messaging.
  • Extra features, includingd unlimited messaging, start from $12.50/month.

Short review FirstMet

Blendr App

Meet new people

Link: www.blendr.com

Rating: 3

**ATTENTION**

Blendr has merged with Badoo. To find out more about the service, take a look at our Badoo report.

Blendr.com (powered by Badoo, which claims 250,000,000 registered users) is the new location-based social networking experience for those who want to get to know new people close to them.

You can adjust your settings so that you'll be informed when someone else with the same interests is close to you.

Blendr uses award-winning technology and real-time functionality to unite users looking for ways to discover new people with common pursuits and backgrounds.

You can search and browse users by location, filter by interests, check-in to venues and see who and how many othe Blendr users have checked-in, private conversations...

The downside is that right now it is just for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), but you can connect also via the Facebook app. This means you can access it from your computer or other mobile devices as well.

The good thing is that you can decide how much or how little of your location to reveal via the privacy settings.

Costs:
  • Blendr application is free to download and use.

Short review Blendr App

Grindr App

Find gay, bi, curious guys for free near you

Link: www.grindr.com

Rating: 3

Probably one of the most well-known gay ating apps, Grindr began in 2009 and is still going strong. To this day, it has spread to over 192 countries. 4,500,000 users are currently using the app and many more are joining. The main focus here, however, is hookups and the use of a location-based dating service in order to chat.

You can therefore expect a lot of shirtless selfies and dick pics. Not that this will put everyone off, but for those looking for a long term partner, a gay matchmaking site often holds a better solution.

Costs:
  • You can download Grindr and message users for free.
  • Premium use of Grindr Xtra starts from US$3.00/month.

Short review Grindr App

Tinder

Meet interesting people nearby

Link: www.gotinder.com

Rating: 3

Tinder is the latest in a long range of different mobile dating apps. Having taken the world by storm in 2012, the app is constantly growing. In some ways, it has been described as a mere hookup app, though it does have around 50 million worldwide users. Tinder itself is relatively easy to use, though.

There are no real profiles, apart from your Facebook page which the app uses. This makes Tinder something of a 'hot or not' game.

Costs:
  • Tinder is free, although you are limited to about 100 swipes every 12 hours. If you wish to take advantage of unlimited swipes, you will have to pay:
  • Users under 30: $12.00/month.
  • Users over 30:$24.99/month.

Short review Tinder

Lovoo App

The fun way to find people like you

Link: www.lovoo.com

Rating: 3

Originating in Dresden, Germany, Lovoo is becoming increasingly popular in English speaking countries like the UK and Australia. This dating app already has well over 10,000,000 downloads and is an interesting way to meet new people - more so if you live in a populated urban area. One of the mobile app's most definitive features is its method of finding singles: the "Flirt Radar" which shows you all of the singles that are available around you.

Costs:
  • Download and login to Lovoo is free.
  • Use of various function is done by purchasing credits.
  • Credits start at $2.99/300 credits.
  • VIP membership starts from $0.94/week

Short review Lovoo App

Happn App

Find the people you’ve crossed paths with

Link: www.happn.com

Rating: 3

Happn is a relatively new mobile dating app for singles on the go. The idea behind it is that you cross paths with potential soulmates every day... So why not use an app in order to find out who they are? If you happen to cross paths with someone who also has the app on their device, you'll both be given a notification and can then strike up a conversation! With 500,000 downloads so far, it seems like a bit of fun.

Costs:
  • Happn is free to download and use.
  • Charms, for women, are also free.
  • Men, however, must pay $1.49/credits.

Short review Happn App

OasisActive App

Looking for a friend or a date?

Link: www.oasisactive.com

Rating: 3

OasisActive.com is a 100% free mobile dating app that originated in Australia. It doesn’t just come in app form either: you can login to the desktop version and use whichever one suits you at the time. It’s something of an all-purpose dating app as it provides people with means to finding a serious partner, casual dating and simply making new friends. So far there have been over 10,000,000 downloads.

Costs:
  • Downloading, matching and messaging users is free.

Short review OasisActive App

POF App

Free Online Dating

Link: www.pof.com

Rating: 3

Known also as Plenty of Fish, POF.com is one of the world's biggest online dating sites. It is also free and has around 3,000,000 singles online daily. For Australia, that is particularly good. While there is a desktop site there is also the POF mobile dating app. So there is also flexibility here, as well as a matching algorithm which you can use via a "Chemistry Test".

Costs:
  • Free all the time.

Short review POF App

The Development of Mobile Dating Apps in Australia

Although mobile dating apps are a relatively new phenomenon both in Australia and abroad, their use has literally exploded in the last year. Tinder is, by far, one of the most well-known dating apps out there but don't let this fool you into thinking that your options are limited! The "swipe left, swipe right" culture of Tinder is on the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mobile dating in Australia:

  • There are often two kinds of mobile dating options for singles: mobile dating websites and apps. Mobile dating sites are often just that: dating sites optimised for mobile devices.
  • Most of the big players like those in our matchmaking sites or online dating personals categories will also provide a mobile version of their sites which are often just like a condensed version.
  • The dating app, however, can only be downloaded onto your mobile device and used as such. Again, many big players such as Zoosk have brought out not only an optimised mobile version of their sites, but an app as well.

These apps often contain and perform all of the features and functions of the dating site in question.

Further Development of Dating Apps

Female safety is often a big concern in online dating, and many mobile apps have seen the issue. As a result, a number of providers have taken the time to design apps that focus on ensuring that women have a pleasant experience and stay safe. This often brings about apps that make it only possible for female users to initiate contact.

Recently, there has also been a trend of "slowing down". Tinder, with its swipe-fanatics, has realised that the game is turning into little more than an ego-boost with few people actually bothering to talk with one another. Certain apps have come around to the idea of limiting the number of matches that you can receive, some even limiting users to one match per day!

Mobile dating in general is not necessarily a category on its own. Rather, it covers a wide spectrum of needs and desires that singles have. If you are looking for something specific, then do not be afraid to take a closer look at the other dating site providers we have reviewed:

  • Online dating personals, the original type of dating site, are still quite popular and are often a great way to meet up with people for dates, whether serious or casual.
  • Matchmaking sites focus a lot more on those who want a serious relationship. Unlike dating personals, matchmaking sites use special algorithms to match you up with people who are deemed compatible.
  • Our adult dating site reviews are for those who are looking for one thing. Here, we have a breakdown of the facts, figures and effectiveness of the best sex dating sites in Australia. We think you will be pleasantly surprised.

If you would like more information and help on dating, don't be afraid to have a look at our online dating tips.

Henning Wiechers
has been observing the Australian Online Dating market since 2010. He is among the top opinion leaders in the industry.

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