Overview from xDating
Normally I quote something from the dating site I am reviewing here, but in this case I couldn't find any promotional information about xDating on their site, either through their home page, About Us page or after signing up.
From what I can tell, xDating focuses on real-time interactions with people wanting adult, casual or primarily sexual relationships. Users under the age of majority in their geographic region are not welcome, and sexually explicit images are found all over the site should a user set their preferences to view them.
What an xDating Membership Includes
After an incredibly quick signup that takes less than 10 seconds, with no requirements with regards to uploading photos or writing a blurb about yourself, you can start searching xDating for a partner, date or casual fling. Everything of note happens in the 'Dating Center', with a long list of updated information along the left similar to a Twitter feed, and a several boxes along the right to show you who else is online, has made contact or viewed you shows up along the right. 'Matches' show up in the left side column, although I couldn't figure out what criteria was used to match me with other members, since I didn't fill out my profile, add a photo, or otherwise state what I was looking for other than a gender preference upon signing up. I was told there were no matches, so I'd have to start 'liking other people' if I wanted a match, and if they 'liked' me too we'd get matched up.
Most of the profiles I visited weren't fully filled out, although the gross majority have at least one picture posted. About 30% of the men I viewed posted sexually explicit images of themselves from all age ranges, races, shapes and sizes. I was somewhat surprised at the number of older (60+) men on the site.
After a few minutes of perusing, I noticed that I couldn't search people by what they were looking for, or vice versa. I also discovered there wasn't much I couldn't do on the site, other than contact people directly. A quick check found that paid members (scroll down for payment information and costs) can create and reply to email messages, share contact information, get higher search result placement, and can see everyone's pictures without limitations plus "lots of other benefits" that I couldn't find spelled out anywhere.
Unique Features of xDating
xDating offers a 'Safe Mode' that you can flip to either on or off at will. It automatically starts you off with safe mode on, and any adult-oriented pictures show up as a grey box. With safe mode off, all pictures and videos, regardless of their content, are fully visible.
Bare bones might describe the format well, although it is high tech. A search nets you people in your area with just gender, age, picture (if available), number of photos they have posted to their profile, town, country and user name for 20 people per results page. The focus is definitely on the photos, which works for an adult-oriented site.
- Non-members cannot see how much the service costs without signing up first. While this is common procedure for many of the largest dating sites today, I still don't agree with it and cannot support its practice;
- xDating uses recurring billing, which means they will charge your credit card for the same time frame as when you signed up until you cancel it. Or in other words, if you purchased a 6 month membership, you'll get charged for another 6 month membership again at the end of it automatically should you not cancel in advance. Again, many dating sites use this practice today, but I'm still not a fan and don't support its use.
xDating Membership Fees
xDating costs either $19.98 a month for three months (billed all at once for $59.95) or $29.95 a month, billed monthly. Users can pay by Visa or Mastercard only.
The Bottom Line
xDating offers unusually quick and easy signup with lots of members in most regions looking for some sort of sexual relationship. The site is quick to load and offers a unique layout and some neat features to connect quickly with other members. The costs are on par with other pay-per-use dating sites, although I only encountered one paying member when I joined and looked around for over an hour. Where xDating concerns me is their lack of refund policy as well as the other details outlined above in the "Warnings" section. If these issues were rectified, I'd happily increase the rating. As it stands, I give it a tepid recommendation and only to singles who are tech-savvy and don't mind the Terms of Service restrictions.
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