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FilDate.com is a fun little online dating site where you can meet, date and chat with ladies from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Whilst FilDate.com offers a decent amount of features to free members, you won't find as many active profiles as on other sites in this category, putting a dent in your chances of finding a date. In addition, profiles could be a little more detailed and photos aren't the best quality you'll find. That said, there are plenty of fun features, but the lack of activity makes for a decidedly hollow online dating experience.
FilDate.com is a polished, professional looking online dating that's reasonably simple to navigate and use, even for new members. It's free to join and all you'll need is a valid email address to validate your registration. Once you've signed up (which takes just a couple of minutes), you're free to take a look around. At the time of this review there were thousands of members registered, though we couldn't find exactly how many members had signed up. What we did notice was that there were just 24 members online, which, despite it being late evening in the Philippines was nonetheless disappointing. If you browse profiles you'll notice that many profiles are incomplete and lack photos, which indicates that quite a lot are fake or inactive. This obviously affects your chances of finding genuine members to date and is a real concern. Clearly, the staff at FilDate.com are fairly ineffectual when it comes to rooting out time-wasters and scammers. There is a guide on the site advising how to avoid being taken for a ride, but some kind of membership verification process would be useful.
Member profiles aren't especially detailed, but you'll find members from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, not to mention other parts of the world. So, if you're looking exclusively to get in touch with women from the Philippines, you might be better off checking out one of the other sites in this category dealing exclusively with Filipino women. As mentioned above, photo quality is often poor, with plenty of webcam photos taken in internet cafes. A few premium profiles have voice and video intros, but you'll need to upgrade to view these (see below).
A number of search options are available to help you find suitable members. The basic search allows you to quickly locate members by specifying a limited range of basic criteria. You can also filter your results to return only profiles with photos. Meanwhile, the advanced search (premium members only) offers an array of diverse criteria (including physical, personality and demographic information) for those who have a more fixed idea about what they're looking for. There's also a username search and a couple of one-click tab searches that quickly list who's online and who's new.
It's possible to contact other members by sending a 'flirt' (an automated message sent to break the ice), exchange email, join the public chat room, or invite a member to chat privately using the Instant Messenger. It's also possible to create a friends list and compile a list of your favorite profiles. You might also be interested in reading member blogs (or writing your own), or listening to FilDate.com radio and watching uploaded video content.
Free members get access to most features, including webcam chat room access, with the exception of sending and reading emails and accessing your mailbox, as well as inviting people to chat privately using the Instant Messenger feature. Upgrading can cost as little as $6.33 per month if you sign up for 12 months (see above for prices), but you'd be wise to think twice before paying to use this site.
In summary, FilDate.com offers a range of features and a good deal for free members. Ultimately however, it doesn't quite make the grade when it comes to a quality membership base and online buzz. As this is bound to affect your chances of finding a date, make sure you check out some of the other sites in this category before you plump for this one.
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