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Match Review (Match.com)
Average: • 3.1 / 5 (by 42 Users) for Match.com
Welcome to one of the largest dating services on the internet. Match.com has well over 15 million members and over 20,000 singles join every day Almost a quarter of a million people met someone special at Match.com last year. With these statistics you're almost guaranteed to meet your match. In fact, you are guaranteed! If you purchase a six-month membership at Match.com and you don't mean anyone special, Match.com will add an additional six months to your membership at no additional cost.
With the newly redesign matchMobile, it is now easy to surf Match.com on your cell phone. You can enjoy nearly all of the features Match.com offers, but from your mobile phone! You can update your profile, search for matches, or send an email to that one member that caught your eye. Plus, you will get contacted right away, by email or text message, when you receive new mail or instant messaging requests from other members. Match.com dating applications are also available for the iPhone, Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, Blackberry and Android (available in their app stores) and are free to use by Match.com subscribers. Most of these smart phones have the added advantage of allowing you to use location-based capabilities to find other singles in your area.
MatchMyFriends is a feature at Match.com that allows members to play cupid and search for matches for friends and family. Once you find a match for someone, an email will be sent notifying your friend to check out the potential match. MatchMyFriends also allows your friends to offer testimonials for your profile. These testimonials can lend legitimacy to your profile and provide insight into your personality. Both of these features allow members to approve the information before anything is posted online.
UK singles, please read our separate Match.com UK review.
Site is easy to use A first in the dating world: a “Make Love Happen Guarantee”-read below in the costs section for more details Keyword search on members’ profiles (called matchWords) Very large online dating service (perhaps the largest general oriented dating site on the internet) Ability to remove singles from your search results Ability to find out when your match reads the email you sent them with Email Read Notification Online customer care available – members can contact customer care via the online form and receive a response within 24 hours Customer Care available seven days a week from 8:00am to 8:00pm CST - 1 (888) 838-9045
Customer service hours – Match.com customer service is only open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM CST. Although the site is easy to use and has a great online help system, those who are new to the internet and online dating sites may need live support. Since most singles use these dating sites after traditional work hours and on weekends, we are not sure what they were thinking here
At a Glance
Average User Reviews & Ratings
Cost per Month:
From $19.99 / month
Free - Basic
Ease of Use:
Yes (3 or 7 day) Included: Create a profile – the following information is needed for a profile General – user info, gender, birthday, location, sex and age of the person you are seeking Basics – relationship status, who are you looking for, search radius from your postal zip code Appearance Interests – lists of interests to choose from and essay questions covering what you do for fun, favorite type of date, etc. Lifestyle – what you enjoy doing in life Background / values – ethnicities, faith, education, languages About my date – description of who you think your best match would be, including everything from appearance to smoking preferences Introduction – headline and essay question, describe yourself and your perfect match Photos Search for matches View profiles Send winks Post photos General mobile access Receive text alerts for winks and emails Not Included: Communicating with members MSN alerts Ability to see who has viewed your profile Your profile will be reviewed by a member of the Match.com customer service team within 48 hours. Once approved, other members will be able to find you!
Membership costs last updated September 21, 2010. Please check Match.com for most recent pricing The first seven days of a membership are free Standard Plans includes: Send & receive email messages Instant messenger Read & reply to emails on mobile (full mobile access) Remove members from view See who's viewed you One click search type Receive SingledOut matches Costs for a membership: 1 month for $39.99 per month 3 months for $22.99 per month 6 months for $19.99 per month. Includes Make Love Happen Guarantee Best Value Plans includes: All the benefits of a Standard Plan Email Read Notification First Impressions Highlighted Profile Costs for a membership: 3 months for $24.99 per month 6 months for $22.99 per month. Includes Make Love Happen Guarantee Match.com additional paid features: matchTalk - From $4.99 to $6.99 per month (depends on plan length) Talk with other members on your own phone, but keep your number confidential Email Read Notification - From $2.99 to $4.99 per month (depends on plan length) Find out when your matches read the messages you have sent them Highlighted Profile - From $2.20 to $4.99 per month (depends on plan length) Your profile receives a unique color in search results so it stands out from the rest First Impressions - From $2.20 to $4.99 per month (depends on plan length) Newest members see your profile first which gives you a better chance of being contacted Additional paid features are more expensive per month if you pick a shorter membership term "Make Love Happen Guarantee" If you don't find someone special during your six-month subscription, Match.com will give you an additional six months at no additional cost to you to continue your search. Certain rules apply. See Match.com for full details Match.com accepts most major credits and PayPal
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Viewing & Communication Tools
Photos Profiles Mail messages Email Read Notification (you are notified when someone reads the mail you sent them) VIP Email (Very Important Person) A member can send one a week. It is reset every Monday at midnight Central Standard Time The message will be bolded and highlighted in the receivers inbox and their profile highlighted on the receivers Connections page Filtered email Add up to seven filters that allows you to specify the type of members you want to receive emails from You can filter emails based on profile attributes. These attributes include age, height, location, smoking, children, ethnicity and religion Match.com Messenger Used for chatting and storing favorite members
Who's pnline Sex, age and sexual orientation Distance, city and zip code Any part of profile including appearance, interests, lifestyles and values Daily 5 Match.com offers you a new list of matches every day. Members can then let Match know if they sparked your interest. If so, an introduction email is sent out. If not, the match is removed from your list. The Daily 5 learns from your choices MatchWords Search profiles for keywords that members feel define them as a person. These keywords are auto-generated and created by the member. For example, “passionate” or “family” Reverse Matches Discover who is looking for you but you are not necessary looking for Mutual Matches Lists members with whom you share a mutual attraction, essentially allowing you to find members who will also like you based on profile matching preferences Smart Search Find people based on their interests, MatchWords, username or other text in their profiles. You enter some words or a phrase in a text box along with a postal/zip code and your gender DateSpark Help users actually meet people with compatible interests in real life Propose a date that you find interesting and then wait for a response from members who are interested in the same activity Location Based Searching Available for the Match.com iPhone, Palm Pixi, Palm Pre, Blackberry and Android dating applications Allows you to find other singles in your immediate area Match.com members must opt in before their location is given out You are allowed to save any search with a name so it is easy to retrieve later