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Cell Phone Dating: The Newest Way to Search For a Date

Aug 18, 2007
For those of you who are still coming to grips with online dating, it's too late. Mobile dating is the newest wave in online socializing.

Millions of singles have begun searching for a date using their cell phone thanks to new location-based mobile dating services that lets users connect on-the-spot with people they pick out. These are like instant versions of Internet dating, but with even more features. They have additional capabilities that online dating services can't offer, like enabling you to search for a date based on your location and allow you to update that location as you move around.

People who use the service like the immediacy of location-based mobile dating. Instead of a stream of back and forth e-mail messages, potential dates can chat via text messaging in "real-time" making the experience even more satisfying for some. For those who still like to flirt from afar, Internet dating may remain their preferred method to online socializing and dating.

With location-based mobile dating, potential dates could be at a club, at a coffee house, at work in the building next to yours- wherever you want to search. You can find who is in the area and view their profile. The information is sent to your mobile phone, without revealing your identity, exact location or mobile phone number. That is up to the individual to reveal when the time is right.

"When we first stated the service two years ago, almost all of our users were 18-24 years old," said Bob Bentz, Director of Marketing at Advanced Telecom Services which provides the cell phone dating product MatchlinkMobile. "Now we are seeing the median age moving closer to 30 years old as more adults become regular text message users."

While each of the mobile dating services operates a little differently, they are all quite simple to use. Usually, all you need to subscribe is an email address and a picture of yourself. Once you have successfully subscribed, you create a profile that tells others about who you are and what you are looking for in a partner (as you would if you were involved with online dating). You then sit back and wait for the mobile dating service to find suitable matches. As matches are found, you are notified via a text message.

From there, you begin correspondence using all of the mobile device's text messaging features. Once you send a text message, replies to your messages appear in your Inbox. Sending photos or live videos of yourself is a simple matter of using the capabilities that are built right into your device such as digital cameras.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of mobile phone dating over online dating is the convenience. You can date anytime that you feel like. All you have to do is grab your mobile phone, login and start flirting with your matches until your fingers get tired! It does not matter where you are as long as you are connected to your mobile service.
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Anthony wayne is married and is not looking for a date on his mobile phone, but he thinks it sounds really cool.
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