New App Hotline Makes Users Call Each Other Before They Can Message


Launched just before Valentine’s Day this year, Hotline is a new dating app that takes a slightly old school approach to matching singles.

While users of Hotline can still swipe through other people’s profiles, they have to chat with a match on the phone for a minimum of five minutes before they can message each other.

The aim of this is to help give singles a better idea of who they’re talking to, and whether or not the connection is worth pursuing.

Hotline’s website says that it is particularly interested in helping “underserved communities” who struggle to find a product for their needs.

The website says: “We’ve set out to build a diverse and inclusive community that lets every one of its members be themselves. We want your help in getting there.

“We’re looking for people willing to put themselves out there, who treat others with respect and interest. If you’re a standup guy or gal, let us know.

“We’re particularly interested in members of underserved communities. We know that you’ve had the hardest time finding software that meets your needs, and you’ll have direct access to us to make sure that Hotline can do just that. Please reach out.”

With Hotline, users sign up and set up their profile – which can include photos, videos, audio, a bio and a list of their interests – and then begin swiping through other users’ profiles.

Unlike other dating apps, Hotline members can only match with three people at a time – once they have connected with three people, they cannot like anyone else until they un-match with someone.

Once they are connected, singles have to speak to that person on the phone before Hotline’s messaging function is opened up.

Despite the five minute minimum on calls, the beta version of the app revealed that most phone conversations tended to last around 25 minutes, the longest call going on for 40 minutes.

Hotline costs $9 per month and is currently available for iOS users in New York.

To find out more about Hotline please click here.

Emma Woodley

Emma is a reporter at Global Dating Insights. Originally from Surrey, she has studied Communication and Media at Bournemouth University and The University of Central Florida. She enjoys socialising with friends, exploring new places and can often be found with her nose in a book.

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