PhoneMates Review - A Cheap Live Amateur Webcams Paradise
Is PhoneMates Good?
Want to watch live amateur webcams? Looking for a cheap sex chat site to do so? Then you’ll be hard pressed to find one more suited to your needs than PhoneMates. It is inarguably one of cheapest adult sex chats you can find, and has a plethora of steaming-hot cam girls, live 24/7 from across the globe.
While PhoneMates doesn’t offer HD streaming like LiveJasmin and many others, its stream quality is consistent, and its prices and loyalty program more than make up for the lack of high resolution.
In this PhoneMates review, we will give you tips on how to best navigate the site, save money on its paid features and elevate your user status to get cheaper deals. So read on, and we'll help you hit the ground running.
PhoneMates, as its name suggests, was originally developed as a cam site that specializes in mobile sex chat. Since then, most cam sites have become mobile friendly, so PhoneMates adapted. It has amassed tons of hot cam girls willing to work for competitive prices. Subsequently, it is now of the cheapest adult cam sites in the industry.
That is not to say that PhoneMates entirely redirected focus away from quality. It's accessible, fast-loading and boasts several great features, such as cam2cam with implemented two-way audio and live cam shows starring actual porn stars.
There aren't many options to interact with the models, though, other than the aforementioned cam2cam feature. There are a handful of emoticons you can use to express yourself, but that's pretty much it.
But the most glaring drawback of the site is — as previously mentioned in PhoneMates review — is its total lack of HD streaming. Thankfully though, it isn't that much of an issue, as the general video quality of most of the cam shows on PhoneMates is reliably great.
It also helps to know that every penny that you spend on PhoneMates will go towards garnering you to higher membership levels. These will unlock more of the site's features and award you bonus credits that can end up saving you a considerable amount of money.
Also, if you're looking for live amateur webcams that are actually worth your time, you're in luck, because PhoneMates has that in spades. They will also be welcomed by anyone looking to spend less, as amateur cam girls tend to cost less than veteran models.
Overall, PhoneMates aims to be a quality-driven cheap cam site, and it seems to be working.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Competitively cheap cam chat
- Lots of live amateur webcams
- Generous loyalty program
- Intuitive site design
- Good features
- No HD at all
- No variety in credit packages
- Few chat options other than two-way audio
- Customer support is lacking and hard to reach
The Webcam Models
This is it — PhoneMates' bread and butter. With some 80,000 cam models registered on the PhoneMates platform and about 600 cam girls live on average, the site mainly focuses on its female talent. And it shows: many of the cam models on PhoneMates are enticing and experienced, and know how to treat a man with some cash to spare.
There is also a good selection of live amateur webcams on PhoneMates at all times, which keeps the site looking fresh.
All in all, the quantity of cam girls live alone ensures you'll find something on PhoneMates that both meets your standards and suits your specific needs. All you need to do is search for them. Use the button at the top-right part of the page, just under your credits, to look for anything specific. You can then choose from one of the offered categories or use the search bar.
If men are what you're looking for, PhoneMates is going to disappoint you twice: once when you see the very limited selection of guys on the site, and then when you realize that most of them are less "men," and more like boys. The vast majority of the few guys that use PhoneMates' platform are twinks, and while there are a few studs here and there, you better look elsewhere if this is something you are specifically looking for.
If you are interested in PhoneMates' selection of men, or in its selection of transgenders, take a look at them by changing your preference at the top-left part of the page.
While PhoneMates does specialize in girls, most of the couples on here are of men, and even then the selection is lacking, to put it mildly.
There are some lesbian couples here that are worth keeping an eye out for, but generally speaking this is not PhoneMates' forte, so don't expect a wide selection.
Transgenders on PhoneMates are more of an afterthought. They are even fewer in number than the male models here, and that says something. Most of the ones that are on PhoneMates, are pre-op and pretty sexy on average, but the selection will probably be a a deal-breaker for those looking for this genre in particular.
PhoneMates' models all have profile pages you can access by clicking their name. As simple as that is, finding your way around their profiles is even simpler: they are all unified in design and user-friendly, making it easy to find anything you might want to know about the girl or any pictures or videos there might be of her.
You can also use a models' profile on PhoneMates to scout her ahead of time, using the "Reviews" and "Awards" sections to see what others thought of her shows. Seeing that you're reading this, you're probably smart enough to do your research, so this is perfect for you.
To reiterate, there are few options for you to interact with the model other than a few emojis and PhoneMates the cam2cam feature available in private chat, which includes 2-way audio. A feature that is understandably not for everyone.
Whether you're willing and eager to shell out some coin or not, these are the options available to you on PhoneMates:
Open Video Chat
While PhoneMates' is not a free cam site, it is far from unusual to see some skin while browsing through the site's multitudes of eager cuties. A lot of adult models on the site like to entice their viewers by stripping, sometimes completely, and at times by even playing with themselves. Still, they usually save the climax of their show (often quite literally) until someone takes them to a private show, or a candy show starts.
Don't expect to get any more than that, though.
This is where the magic happens, and what most of you will spend your money on. The cheapest private chat you'll find on PhoneMates will go for $0.98 a minute, while the average cost for a cam show on the site is $1.98 a minute. Overall, it's pretty cheap compared to the competition.
Do you have a very particular taste? At the top left of PhoneMates front page, under the site's logo, you'll find a drop-down menu where "WebCam Girls" is selected by default. You can select to view other type of shows, like fetish and couple/group shows.
Some cam girls even give you the option of a discount should you pay in advance for a show of predetermined length, usually half an hour to an hour. The discount can be as high as 30 percent off, so keep it in mind if you're in the mood for a more laid back and in-depth adventure.
There are also two lively sections for those looking for a more intimate experience: "Shy," where the babes want to be courted and treated right before doing anything sexually explicit, and "Friends and Romance," for viewers looking for an companionship and an experience closer to dating.
The experience can be rewarding, but it depends on your tastes and preferences. So a word of caution: don't venture into those parts if you're not looking to spend time talking to the cam girl, because they will sooner kick you out of the show than strip to the order of "SHOW BOOBS PLEASE."
Group (Candy) Show
Candy Shows are PhoneMates' group shows, where you can "buy a seat" to watch special shows catered to those looking for a more communal experience.
If you prefer to just sit back and watch, and not micromanage the cam girl getting her rocks off for your enjoyment, than this could be for you. They're also great for anyone looking for a "quick fix," as they tend to cost half a credit per minute on average.
You can search specifically for Candy Shows by selecting it on the top bar of PhoneMates' front page.
Many cam shows on PhoneMates are also vibe shows, where models use Lovense and OhMiBod viewer-controlled vibrators you can activate by tipping to watch the cutie squirm in ecstasy. A good way to look for those specifically is by clicking on "Toys" at the top bar of the site's main page. Vibe shows are marked with a vibrator icon on the top right of their preview picture.
There are also the Celeb Events, which you gain free access to once you're a Gold tier member (more on that later). These are basically live webcams featuring the porn industry's most prominent actresses.
As we've previously mentioned, no cam girl on PhoneMates streams in full HD. It is admittedly hard to overlook, but this is helped by PhoneMates' solid frame rate and general lack of stream stutter.
If you're looking for a show with high video resolution, switch to the "Top Cam Models" section on the top bar of PhoneMates' front page. Many of the cam site's top adult models are so named due to the quality of their show, and video quality is part of that. It also has the benefit of presenting you with the babes who are the "kinkiest" or who have the "hottest ass," so it's a welcome feature.
PhoneMates' Mobile Site
As we've said earlier in this review, PhoneMates was tailored to be mobile-friendly, and it shows. It's easy to navigate and use, and the show video resolution fits the smaller screen perfectly.
It is frankly one of PhoneMates' best features, and will satisfy anyone looking for some mobile entertainment.
PhoneMates tends to stick to the basics and focus on doing them well, so anything beyond quality sex shows is not its main priority. The only thing you'll find in this regard is pictures and (sometimes) videos taken by the models, usually either handpicked from an amazing cam show they had or from some sexy after hours activity, that can be found for purchase on their profiles.
Unfortunately, the models that do put video clips of themselves up for sale on PhoneMates are in the minority. Even worse, the videos themselves are pricey (about 7 credits for a 3 minute clip on average) and are usually "rented" for a few days, like from some Blockbuster store. Let's just say that there is a reason that those stores barely exist anymore.
Registration on PhoneMates
Registering to PhoneMates is free and lets you talk with some of the cam models in open chat, so you are recommended to do that, even if just for checking out the site.
Click the "SignUp" button on the top right and enter your username, password and email (needs to be a valid one). Verify you email address with the link they send to it and voila, you're done. Go forth and explore.
Prices on PhoneMates
PhoneMates' strongest suit — its cheap prices — are not readily apparent when you look at the credit packages the site offers. Upon a brief inspection, you'll notice all three deals offered are practically the same. There are no "get more, pay less" offers here, and even the credits seem expensive, with each one priced at one dollar.
But don't be mislead; as we've detailed before, with an average of two credits per minute for a private show and half a credit per minute for a candy show, what you end up paying will be less than on most other adult chat sites.
Just pick whatever package that best fits your pocket and enjoy.
PhoneMates offers a very wide range of payment options:
- Mastercard Maestro
- Diners Club
- SEPA, iDEAL
- Diners Club
PhoneMates' customer support is a bit of a pain to find and reach, unless you are familiar with the site. You need to scroll down the page and click "Customer Support Center" faster than the page loads, otherwise more cam rooms will be loaded and you'll have to scroll down again. The page eventually stops loading more chat rooms, but it's still unnecessarily cumbersome.
The Customer Support Center itself gives answers to frequently asked questions regarding PhoneMates' features and prices and a chat box in which you can file a query or complaint via your email. If you wish to, you can instead send PhoneMates' customer service a direct email by pressing the "Contact Us" button, at the same button bar of the page. Just make sure to send it from the email you used for your user on the site, otherwise you'll just get a reply saying you are not a registered member.
It takes PhoneMates' customer service several work days to reply to any message sent to them, and you might not get a reply at all if the information you sought can be found somewhere on the site, so you'll be wise to do a bit of research before contacting them. In any case, PhoneMates' customer service will send its reply to your email address.
There is a separate customer support button for billing issues, which you can access through the credit package pop-up page, but it just redirects you to the Customer Support Center.
As an aside, you can gain access to VIP customer service, but for that you need to reach VIP membership status, which takes a long while. Until then, you'll have to make do with the above.
If you are unsatisfied with the services rendered by PhoneMates, the only option you have is to contact customer support. It's frustratingly limited, but know that should you decide to cancel any payment you made to the site, your account will be terminated and you'll be barred from creating a new one, so save it as a last measure you'll probably never have to use.
Customer Loyalty Program
PhoneMates has an extensive loyalty program. It makes sure that the more you use the site, the more you'll want to keep using it.
The way it works is simple: when you spend credits on PhoneMates you are rewarded with points, the amount of which increases the higher your membership tier is. Reaching certain point thresholds upgrades your account to a higher membership tier, giving you access to more features and a bigger amount of free credits on every purchase of credit packages you make.
Yes, that's free credits, and not any amount you can scoff at.
Here is a breakdown of the benefits you gain from each membership tier and how to reach it:
What is needed to reach it
|Bronze||Purchase any amount of credits||Get up to 5 bonus credits on every purchase|
|Silver||Earn 500 points|
Get up to 8 bonus credits on every purchase
|Gold||Earn 2,500 points|
Get up to 25 bonus credits on every purchase
Free access to Celeb Events
|VIP||Earn 15,000 points|
Get up to 30 Bonus Credits on every purchase
Free access to Celeb Events
50 Bonus Credits on every 10,000 Points collected
VIP customer support
And here are the amounts of points you are awarded for every activity you partake in on PhoneMates, according to your tier:
Free Live Chat: 1 hour
|1 point||2 points||3 points||4 points|
Paid Live Chat: 1 minute
|1 point||2 points||3 points||4 points|
Paid Live Chat: 5 minutes
|20 points||25 points||30 points||35 points|
Spend $20 Credits (Tips + Vibes) during a Candy Show
|30 points||35 points||40 points||45 points|
Add 25 Models to your Favorites List
|10 points||10 points||20 points||20 points|
Send $10 worth of Vibes
|20 points||25 points||30 points||33 points|
Watch $10 worth of Recorded Videos
|0 points||15 points||20 points||25 points|
Using Hands-Free Mode
|0 points||4 points||6 points||8 points|
Overall, from our experience, this program does a great job of making you want to come back for more of PhoneMates' great selection of stunning babes.
The Bottom Line
Despite its shortcoming, PhoneMates is a great place for those looking to watch cam girls live for cheap and an even better place for those looking for top-notch live amateur webcams.
PhoneMates has an amazing amount of models using its platform, and a very large amount of them are energetic and enticing. Its features, such as its cam2cam and mobile site, work well, and it's loyalty program treats the site's frequent visitors well.
PhoneMates offers a lot if you're looking for cheap sex chat with some dressings. If this is what you are looking for, and you've yet to try out PhoneMates, then you're missing out.
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