SpeedDater Online is the online dating arm of SpeedDater, the well known UK Speed dating events organiser founded in 2002. SpeedDater is now owned by Cupid PLC, owners of a large array of dating sites worldwide.
The Good: Very large network • Site offers vast functionality • Members can comment on your profile suggesting improvements
The Bad: DateCast feature is tantamount to spamming little tangible benefit • No mobile applications • Expensive options for paying by mobile and SMS messaging
This is the online dating arm of SpeedDater events. If you've attended one of their dating events or parties then great, you're automatically signed up to the online dating site too. You'll still need to populate your profile with some personal info but that's easy and quick. Not been to an event? You can still sign up quickly and easily to browse profiles for free.
|Login via Facebook||Multiple photos||Video profiles|
|Compatibility testing||Photo via webcam||Sign up ~ 3 mins|
Search options are strong for this site and allow you to be as specific as you wish when searching for dates. You can check who has viewed your profile and search for who is online now if you wish to use the live chat features.
|Free to search||Advanced search||Save searches|
|Find new members||Postcode search||GPS-based search|
|Search last login||Gender search|
On the plus side SpeedDater Online offers a phone support line which is chargeable at local rate. Also, we liked that you are able to change your communication settings to control the amount of email and messages you get via the site. You can stop your subscription online too but you cannot totally delete your profile online.
We view the DateCast feature as a negative. This feature allows you to send a single message to all members that fit a limited criteria. This is essentially spamming on a large scale and we feel that this approach will return very few positive responses.
|Show last login||Online profile removal||Cancel subs online|
|Show who's online||Block / blacklists||ID checks|
SpeedDater Online offers practically every payment option there is including credit and debit cards (not Amex), PayPal or payment via your mobile phone (at extra cost). We like that it's possible to pay by cheque if you are wary of using your cards online.
|Credit / debit cards||Non-recurring fees||Phone support|
|Direct debit / SO's||Cancel subs online|
Expect to see the usual array of communication methods including direct messaging and winking. You can instant message and video chat (including audio) with other members that are online.
There are options to message via the site using your mobile phone SMS messaging function. These attract an extra cost per message.
|Show who's online||Flirts, kisses, winks||Direct messaging|
|Show who's looking||Instant messaging||SMS texting|
|Friends list||Video chat|
This site does not currently offer any mobile applications.
|iPhone app||Android app||GPS-based search|
|Blackberry app||Nokia app|
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overall review score
SpeedDater is part of an impressive network of dating sites. This site displayed lots of member results for various searches we carried out across the UK for several age groups.