|Tue Nov 11, 2008 - 10:15 AM EST - By Jennifer Chappell|
We've all heard of online dating services like Match.com and eHarmony. I see the eHarmony commercials on television quite often. Some of you out there might have used an online dating service. Heck, some of you might have even found your mate via one of those dating services.
Well, yesterday I heard about a new way to make connections for dating and more with your cell phone. BluePont are the makers of one of the coolest mobile social networking applications - BluePont. BluePont is a groundbreaking software makeover for your phone that makes it automatically discover other Blue-Pont-enhanced phones in the vicinity.Users can sign up via www.bluepont.com and fill out background info about themselves and what they are looking for in a match. Then they download the software to their phones. At that point, the software is continuously searching for matches close by. Location information is supplied by your phone's GPS or LBS (location service based on cell towers) unit. When a match is discovered, the user's phone will vibrate or play music to alert them and they are introduced by first names, photos and some basic information including age and gender. Users typically don't see the other person right away, so they can text message to meet right then, make plans to later or simply "wave" goodbye.
I was glad to read the following: It is important to note that all text messages are exchanged through the BluePont server and users' phone numbers are never seen. Hey, you might be texting some creep, and you sure wouldn't want that person to have your phone number. Ugh.
"While online dating services have been quite popular among these tech-savvy professionals in the past, we wanted to find a way for the technology to work behind the scenes to stage a meeting when the two people simply happen to be nearby, which preserves the sense of spontaneity, romance and lightheartedness that you would experience by bumping into someone interesting in the street. This means meeting people off-line, in real life, but with vastly improved odds," explained Bluepont CEO, Alex Bloom.
According to BluePont, users can receive an unlimited number of Mobile Meeting alerts absolutely free. Once an alert is received, if the BluePont user chooses to initiate the message exchange (i.e. send the first message) and receives a reply, they're asked for a small one-time fee, payable by credit card, which will enable unlimited Mobile Meeting messaging for 1,2, or 3 month plans. It's $5.99 for 1 month, $9.99 for two months, or $12.99 for three months. The fees are one-time, non-recurring, and enable unlimited Mobile Meeting messaging for the time period of the user's choice.
If you want to check out BluePont, head over to their website. Maybe you'll end up meeting someone interesting and fun. Mr or Miss Right might be just around the corner.
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