After successfully testing its innovative mobile dating service in multiple Canadian cities, Vancouver-based AppSocial Media has released Tingle, which has already become Canada’s most popular mobile-only iPhone dating app, for all of the US and Canada. Tingle is the first online dating service in the world to combine realtime voice chat, safer location-based discovery, and powerful online matchmaking features in a single, easy-to-use iPhone app.
Tingle is built around the needs of today’s busy urban singles. In particular, Voice Chat lets users connect conveniently and make a quality connection in realtime discretely and without exchanging phone numbers. Since Tingle calls work via the iPhone’s WiFi or 3G data connection, conversations consume no minutes on the user’s phone plan.
Tingle makes use of location in multiple ways to nurture spontaneous discoveries and meetings, without revealing users’ specific location data to strangers. Radar, one of these, passively monitors the network for users who are near one another and, when it makes a match, alerts them via Push Messaging that a match is nearby.
Tingle also puts women in the dating driver’s seat. Designed while studying the behavior of hundreds of different users of online dating sites and apps, the service prevents its more desirable users from being deluged with incoming messages so that they can focus on communicating easily, confidentially, and safely within Tingle.
“Dating sites have business models and social frameworks that disappoint and drive away users, and this is a model made worse with some of the early dating apps,” said Ian Andrew Bell, founder of Tingle. “So in building the next generation of online dating, we designed a completely new revenue and service model that delights users and nurtures frequent and prolonged engagement.”
“The future of social is mobile,” said Mark Brooks, Editor of Online Personals Watch and Social Networking Watch. “Mobile dating apps like Tingle will begin to disrupt and will eventually usurp traditional web-based dating sites.”
Tingle is now available on the iPhone, the most gender balanced smartphone device globally, and may be downloaded free in the iTunes App Store or via the Tingle website. Versions of Tingle for iPad, BlackBerry and Android devices are in development.