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Can You Use Match.com for Free?

These days, it seems a lot of people expect things for free. This is in part because of the Internet, where a great many things do not cost anything. Examples of free things you get online are some TV shows, news, videos, and consumer information.


Online dating is no different. There are several major dating sites, such as POF and OkCupid that are free to use. But a question I often get is, “Can I use Match.com for Free?” The answer is yes, but don’t expect to be able to do much. You can browse profiles and send winks, but to make any sort of meaningful communication, you will need to buy a subscription to the site. That said, the cost is manageable if you buy a multi-month subscription, and can be as low as $24 a month.

In addition to the fact that you can join the site for free, Match.com also offers free trials, which typically last for 3 days (72 hours). During this period of time, you can use all the features of the site, just as paid members do. This is a good time to test-drive the site and determine if it’s a service you would like to subscribe to. The current Match.com free trial is available here.

In short, if you want to date online and not pay any money, you should stick with the free dating sites. If you don’t mind paying a bit to get a better service like Match.com, however, then you should get started with the free trial and decide after that whether or not a subscription would be worth it for you.