What it'll cost you: The basic version is completely free and is pretty extensive. You can totally use the app longterm without paying a cent — you'll just have to sift through matches one-by-one. If you like the freedom to browse, you might want to upgrade. Preferred members also get their profiles seen more, so it could be worth it if you're really looking for a relationship. One month of preferred is $19.99, three months is $39.99, and six months is $59.99.
On the upside, the profiles are brief, which helps you to make decisions quickly. The downside is that a short dating profile makes it harder to figure out what a lot of people are looking for. Knowing very little about a person can also make initial messaging a lot more challenging. You'll need to wade through a sea of profiles, which makes it easy to pass over people you might have given a chance under different circumstances. 

A straight up, middle-America chatline for guys and gals who like their dirty talk, well…clean. This chatline is relatively new but is attracting a middle of the road crowd of straight white Americans. It is certainly a hotline that caters for people looking to date and not ideal for anyone looking to get their rocks off but it does cater well for its target audience.
After signing up, Happn showed me 68 people it said I had crossed paths with in the preceding three hours, though I hadn't left my apartment all day. This might be helpful if you're looking to date your immediate neighbors (or Uber drivers), but I don't see the attraction when competitors like Tinder already show the distance between you and other users. Frankly, if I saw an attractive guy in a coffee shop, I'd just approach him rather than check to see if he's on Happn. The app seems designed for people who don't want to use online dating sites but also don't want to approach people in real life. Pick a lane.

The lack of any real science behind the matches past age and location is a bummer, but unlike Tinder, this doesn't mean you'll be suffocated with a hookup vibe. (Actually, a few users have said there are too many people complaining about being single on the app.) Searching #wemetonHER on Instagram should be all the beautiful, adorable success story proof that you need.
I was on Clover for quite some time, but had since forgotten it existed until I started to compile this list. It strikes me as a less-successful hybrid of OkCupid and Tinder with a relatively small user base, even though I live in an urban area with plenty of people who use a wide variety of dating apps. Clover says it has nearly 6 million users, 85% of whom are between the ages of 18 and 30.

The design is simple and well-organized. Still, it doesn’t meet the expectations of the younger generation. The only extra is your personal story. “Behavioral Matchmaking” algorithm which develops during your usage and can be seen in “Dating Insights” if your preferences are a mystery. There is also a Tinder-like “Carousel.” Young males who significantly outnumber females represent the most significant part of its audience within partly free dating sites.

A small chatline, My Mobile Line doesn’t offer the big extras that some sex lines do and they seem to operate only in the larger cities. However, the quality of the calls is very good when you can get a good local match seeming to suggest that they are either attracting good users somehow or they have some talented operatives working for them. If you are simply interested in a quick but fulfilling naughty chat then this may suit you. If you are looking for a hook-up as a result of ‘connecting’ then your chances are slim unless you are calling from a major city.
However, many dating sites ask about kids — whether you want them or already have them — during the sign-up process (as well as other potentially-awkward questions), and probably won't match you with someone who has different goals than you do. Similarly, some of OkCupid's matching is rooted in political and social justice views. Will you find out if someone keeps guns in the house or opposes vaccinations on the first date? Probably not, but OkCupid sure as hell won't send you to get a beer with someone you'd start a fight with on Facebook. 
Talkee’s chat lines are extensive in their appeal with callers receiving their own personal ‘room’ in which to conduct their private chats. Once you have registered, you can invite other callers to your room and you can set the stage for the level of chat you get in to. There are plenty of extras available with the chat including group and party chat, bulletin boards, voicemail and live personals for dating. Not the most intuitive of sites, the lines are good and offer plenty of ways to interact. For some people, this variety may be what puts you off.
Plus, you can take comfort in the fact that you won’t be dealing with fake or scam accounts, as EliteSingles manually verifies all accounts with an upscale fraud detection system. However, though you can technically filter potential matches by profession (for example, a teacher looking to date another teacher), it’s difficult for any dating site to track down every single person lying about their job or how much money they make.
When Zoosk switched from a social media app to a legit dating site, it was more or less in a league of its own. Incorporating "liking" photos and having a similar look as a Facebook feed was super attractive to young, single people... in the early 2000s. The problem is that Zoosk hasn't changed much since then. It's plain, riddled with dead or fake profiles, and and there certainly aren't any modern tweaks like OkCupid's politics-related ice breakers or Match's overhauled questionnaire. Despite ads being everywhere, people started opting for Match Group's offerings with more premium designs, less messy email notifications, and algorithms that take your personality type into account. 
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