Dating on phone

If the idea of having to speak to a stranger causes you to settle into a perma-cringe, you’re not alone — but that friction is exactly the point of Hotline, which launched on Monday.

A subscription will run you a month, and right now it's only for i OS in New York, but the hope is that they'll expand nationwide soon.

This strangely old-fashioned idea is the brainchild of 27-year-old Sam Ballantyne, who was a classical musician before he turned his attention to developing apps.

It came to him after someone he’d matched with on another app insisted on a call instead of messaging.

He found it an oddly effective way of starting things off since you can tell pretty much right away if you’re interested in learning more about someone or not.

You identify in any way you like, and add in images and even video — a feature that many of the big apps don’t yet have.Ballantyne hopes all of this will allow people to showcase their realest selves.You can swipe through profiles and like as many as you want.You’ll then be served up three matches, and until you discard one that’s what you’ve got to work with.You can still browse around but you can’t like anyone else until one of your three spots is open.you two have a call that lasts for longer than five minutes.The calls are placed (and timed) by the app, so your phone number isn’t revealed to the other person.Five minutes sounds like an eternity, especially if you hate to talk on the phone.But connecting voice-to-voice can actually tell you a lot about a person that you can’t get just from messaging.Ballantyne admits that a lot of the calls won’t work, but when they do work you’ll know you’re not wasting your time by making plans to meet up with someone.You might still be curled up in a little ball at the thought of it all, but Ballantyne says that during their beta testing (which involved 500 users), the average call length was 25 minutes.

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