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Mace & Crown | September 24, 2017

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Tinder Alternatives for the Discerning Dater

Audra Reigle
Assistant Technology Editor

It’s time to swipe left on Tinder. A new dating app has come onto the scene, and it’s more than just swiping left or right to find your match.

Hotline is a new dating app that requires users to speak on the phone for their first interaction, according to CNN. It was started by Sam Ballantyne, who got the idea by using Tinder. One of the women he matched with wouldn’t interact with him further unless he called.

Users call each other using the app. “The average calls have been about 25 minutes, but some have chatted for more than 40 minutes,” Ballantyne told CNN. Once they’ve done that first call with each other, the ability to message each other will be unlocked.

“Hotline will charge users $9 per month,” according to CNN. Users are only allowed to have three matches at a time, compared to Tinder, which doesn’t have a limit.

Other similar apps include Hinge, which charges $7 a month, but allows users to trial it for free. Ona matches users to matchmakers, therapists, dating coaches and online profile editors to help the user find love. It, however, doesn’t allow users to see other dating profiles, as that feature is limited to the dating coaches. A fourth app, Hater, takes a different approach to the dating scene. Instead of matching users on attributes like their appearance, they match users “because they hate all the same things.”

There’s also Glimmer, designed by Geoff Anderson and his mother, to help match those with disabilities, according to the Chicago Tribune. The idea came from Anderson wanting to help his brother after seeing him have bad luck with other dating apps. While it was designed to help those with disabilities, those that aren’t disabled can also use the app. For the most part, it’s similar to other dating apps, except the user has the option to show or hide their disabilities.