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Instabang was founded in 2015 and has gained a reputation of a legit service for quick hookups, individual and group sexual dates.
We know that the actual Instagram keeps its feed clean and deletes potentially unethical images. Instabang goes for an exact opposite strategy. The feed is filled with naked pictures and descriptive headlines — this community knows its interests well.
We tested the service out to find an answer to all lingering questions and evaluate the most important aspects of user experience: affordability, audience quality, interface, security and privacy, and hookup chances. Each variable was evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5 points.
The service offers three membership options: a free version, the silver membership for $24.95 per month, and the gold subscription for $34.99 per month.
The free version isn’t entirely useless but pretty damn close to being so. You can create a profile, browse feed, and apply basic features. But to communicate with other members, you have to acquire a silver membership. It’s a basic upgrade that unlocks the full-service experience.
The real upgraded experience comes with the gold subscription. Premium profiles are promoted continuously in the feed, receive customized suggestions and are suggested to other platform’s members.
Instabang is one of the most expensive dating websites out there. The silver membership is not much to look at — it provides access to simple features. The gold subscription is the real deal, but its price is far from being accessible.
Audience quality: 4/5
The legitimacy of the community is a crucial characteristic of a dating service. The interface and functionality can be satisfying, but it’s worth noting if the dating pool is not legit.
There are simple methods that help us to verify the legitimacy of a user pool. Here is how we evaluated Instabang.
We ran an image test, checking whether Google search images can find the members’ pictures. The photos were only available on Instabang’s servers, which means, the content was uploaded only there.
Our accounts did not receive fake messages right after registration. Instabang reviews confirm the results of our experiments. It’s safe to say that other users had the same fake-free experience.
Email verification is mandatory on Instabang. The service sends a letter to the attached email to confirm the legitimacy of a registered profile.
Seems like the platform cares about gathering a real dating community. Instabang doesn’t boost its numbers, though — the stats are impossible to find. So, even though the user pool consists of real people.
The website looks as if it lives in 2005, not 2019. The feed resembles an album of low-quality dirty pictures. No faces or inspiring photos, only nudes — and you might want to unsee some of those, too.
The main menu offers “Search” — here you can select sexual preferences, “Online” to see active users only, “Video Chat” for kinky webcam interactions, “Live Girls — available broadcasts with online models.
The service’s interface isn’t that bad if you compare it to fellow hookup platforms. Instabang shares the everyday problems of casual encounter problems — the lack of thought out design, no clear structure, and the absence of strict moderation.
Security and privacy: 5/5
Instabang is one of the most secure dating platforms in the niche of casual dating — something you’d never guess from the first look.
It protects users anonymity and never gives away contact data or real-life location. You are free to add this information to your profile willingly.
The profile cancellation process is somewhat tedious, but at least there is a system in place. You have to reach out to customer support, and they will delete the account, providing a screenshot as a proof. The chat and attachments are protected by end-to-end encryption.
A dedicated support team and quick moderation system earn this service such a high score for security. Good job!
Hookup chances: 3/5
Joining the website is free, but it’s the only useful free feature on the service. Your chances for getting a quick hookup increase tremendously with the “Gold” upgrade. You get access to the following additional features:
- A profile is marked as featured and promoted in the “Feed”.
- No limitations for messaging — contact as many people as you want;
- View manager shows who’s been visiting your profile and when;
- Premium video, pictures, and profiles come in the package;
- Live cams with flexible search filters allow to choose models of almost any body type;
- The support team prioritizes your requests and answeres immediately.
A fun fact: you can bring back some of that money you’ve invested in the subscription. The service pays for each uploaded photo and video according to the number of views that it receives.
The final verdict
A free version is fine for exploring the functionality and user pool, but it’s useless for scheduling an actual date. The “Silver” upgrade is a necessity, and it doesn’t offer any exclusive perks.
The “Gold” plan users are prioritized over others in search feed, support assistance, and web services.
A new service for casual encounters has already gathered the community of 300.000 users. Pure uses geo-targeting to look for dates and emphasizes on anonymity and privacy protection. The website was recommended by CNeT, Huffpost, and Bustle and hundreds of users reviews.
Similarly to Instabng, Pure doesn’t let free users contact other members. Unlike Instabang, however, it also offers 14-day free trial for the premium version. In two weeks, you can test out the functionality and go on several dates. The critical characteristic of Pure’s prices is their versatility. The service offers the following options:
- Three-day plan — $1.95;
- A weekly subscription — $14.99;
- A monthly membership — $29.99;
- Three-months plan — $59.99;
- A yearly subscription — $89.99.
The functionality of a free version is limited — yon can only register a profile, view profiles on the map, and visit other pages. However, a 14-day trial makes up for these limitations. After all, you don’t have to renew the subscription if you don’t want to. You are also not forced to settle for long-term subscriptions right away.
Audience quality: 5/5
There are no fake or inactive profiles. The match feed is filled with real and enthusiastic people who are ready to meet.
The email verification is a mandatory step that’s also your pass to messaging other users. You won’t be able to match up, view profiles, or contact dates if you don’t validate the email address.
Pure is not interested in assembling the community of fake or disengaged users. The goal is to provide us with a date in an hour. It’s a service for go-getters.
Pure keeps things minimalistic — no naked pictures or advertising. Dating on the service is all about adventures and mystery, so the feed won’t show you precisely what to expect.
People here publish headshots, travel pictures, photos that reflect their interests. The chat is located to the right side of the screen right next to the feed so you can keep browsing while talking to connected matches. This saves time from unnecessary clicks — after all, you have to make the most out 60 minutes.
Pure’s interface is stylish and straightforward. Nothing at its feed hits at sexual nature of the service.
Security and privacy: 5/5
Pure is focused on users’ anonymity. All profile data is entirely confidential. Even your name doesn’t have to be real as long as you have entered the actual location. No social media links or opened email addresses — as Pure states, “your private life stays private”.
Pure requires minimal information to register an account. Users don’t have a right to demand the disclosure of real names or contact date. 60-minute rule along with end-to-end encryption has earned PURE dating the reputation of being one of the safest websites out there — and it hasn’t been compromised once.
The hookup chances: 5/5
With the 60-minute rule, Pure managed to put an end to the biggest evil of online dating — ghosting. Users respond almost immediately. They are also interested in getting to know you as well as possible in a limited timeframe. There is no point in dragging on the conversation when the clock is ticking.
The service lets you browse the matches in your area — you don’t have to commute to get to the date.
We love that Pure offers various dating criteria — Asian, black, Latin, Indian, middle eastern, native American, Pacific Islander, and white dating. You can also filter users by gender, age, and preferences.
The final verdict
You are likely to go on an actual date in 60 minutes. The chances of finding an instant hookup are skyrocketing — as long as you are active in searching for matches, you’ll find a date in no time.
The comparative table
Instabang leaves overall a pleasant impression. The interface requires a lot of work, and free functionality hardly satisfies users’ needs, but paid subscriptions don’t disappoint. However, the analysis is only fair if we compare the website to its competition.
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Instabang is the place for dirty encounters, and the website proudly embraces this purpose. Pure, on the other hand, aims higher and doesn’t focus on sex only.