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New Match.com Mobile Dating App on the Palm Pre

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Match.com is definitely serious about the mobile market. Yesterday Match.com announced the availability of a application for the new Palm Pre which can be found now on the Palm Pre App Catalog (U.S. only). Now Match.com members with this cell phone can online date on the go by communicating and searching for other members. They can even edit their profile and receive wink and email notifications. Palm Pre's location-based capabilities can also be used that allows a unique search feature. You can find other Match.com member's in your area (this is not enabled by default).

Match.com has been in the general mobile phone dating market for a few years now with a product called MatchMobile. It was recently revamped with a new updated interface and features. Last March, Match also announced their iPhone Application (see Story) which has near identical features as their application for the Palm Pre.

For more information on this dating site, read our Match.com review.

Match.com comes to the iPhone

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Match.com has done a number of smart moves lately to keep members using their dating site. On Tuesday, Match.com launched a free application on the Apple App Store for the iPhone and the iTouch. Members now can use most of the features available on the website, on their iPhone. This includes, viewing and editing of your profile (including taking a picture), viewing other members profiles and, sending and receiving messages. New to Match.com as well is the built-in location-based technology available through the iPhone and iTouch. This is an opt-in feature that gives members the ability to see other members near their current location on a graphic map. This feature uses the iPhone's built in GPS and the iTouch's wireless internet connection IP address location.

Match.com has another service which is similar to the iPhone App called MatchMobile. It was launched in 2007 and is designed to allow members to access Match.com with most cell phones. This product uses a mobile web interface and has similar features as the Match iPhone Application, except without the location based technology. Match.com also charges $4.99 for 6 months use of MatchMobile. Since the iPhone App is free, I wonder if MatchMobile will soon be offered for free as well?

Over the last year a few dating sites have created location based dating and they must be cringing now with the news that Match.com has stepped up to the plate relatively early to offer this type of service.

Check out the press release for more information and read our Match.com review for an overview of this dating site.

Huge Growth Predicted for Mobile Dating Services

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There is a promising future for mobile dating as predicted by Juniper Research. They claim the value of the chatroom market and mobile dating will grow to almost $1.4 billion by 2013. For the most part revenue will be generated by subscriptions but event-based charging (like paying a fee to contact someone or virtual gifts) and advertising will continue to become a larger part of the revenue stream.

... many companies which have migrated to this approach are seeing conversion rates amongst customers buying premium rate goods and services which generate revenues significantly in excess of those achieved under flat rate subscriptions.

By 2011 it is predicted less than 30 percent of mobile dating customers will be on a flat rate subscription model. China and Japan currently have the largest number of mobile dating customers.

There is no mention what the 2008 revenue is for this market. Currently from our reviewed online dating services, Match.com (called matchMobile), Date.com, Lavalife, DatingDirect and Shaadi.com all offer a mobile phone service along with their dating website. Other sites like MeetMoi also offer location based mobile dating based on the GPS in your phone (with lots of privacy options of course). With the rise of 3G and the large bandwidth it provides I expect to see the rise of video mobile dating as well.

For reviews on dating services that offer a mobile/cell phone dating service check out our new Mobile Dating Category.

Shaadi.com Now Available on Your Mobile Phone

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It seems that Shaadi is branching out into a lot of different types of media tools this year. First it was Satellite TV (see Story) and now it is mobile phones. Shaadi Matrimonial has teamed up with Vodafone Essar to launch Shaadi.com on Vodafone. This new service will allow Vodafone cell phone customers to search and view Shaadi profiles without needing the internet. Mobile phone users may also express interest and send and receive messages from their matches.

View the full story at Business Standard.

iPhone Online Dating

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A press release from Dating DNA just announced an online dating system for the iPhone and iPod Touch. For now it only seems you can browse profiles, categorize them and add them to your favorites section. There is no communication yet. The iPhone uses the very capable Safari web browser, so the interface is clean, and well organized, very much in tune with Dating DNAs main website. The web pages of the iPhone web app have been reorganized from the main dating site, to fit on the smaller screen of the iPhone. I would think this should work on other Smart Phones but, I was unable to test this (do to not owning one!).

Dating DNA has other applications that allows access to their dating members through MySpace, Facebook and craigslist. I haven't tried any of them as of yet but, I did check on Facebook and there are currently only 56 daily active users for this application.

Dating DNA is a free online dating service with the goal of connecting members of the popular social networking sites together. Since their service is free they rely on advertising to pay the bills. Having multiple platforms (the main website, the facebook app, etc..) to develop cannot be cheap. Online dating is such a competitive market and the social networking sites are flooded with dating applications right now. Most of them having very little users. It will be hard for Dating DNA to find the marketing dollars to promote to singles of these networks what they can offer.

Mobile PhoneDating Predicted to Explode in Popularity

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A new report by Juniper Research says that by 2012 mobile dating and chatroom services will have over a quarter of a billion people using them and revenues will pass $1 billion by 2010. Large dating services like Match.com and Date.com already have invested heavily in mobile services with Match.com recently upgrading their Match Mobile service with new features and a better interface (see previous story). Match Mobile members now have access to search all members available to regular Match subscribers.

For more information on this report head on over to PC Advisor.