Hotline, which launched Monday in New York, wants to bring authenticity and discernment back to online dating. " until after you've spoken on the phone at least once.
The first required interaction if you connect with someone on Hotline? In interviewing tech founders, many say they've built an app or service that's designed to be as effortless as possible for the user.
In order to even exchange a text message, you have to first have a five-minute phone conversation with your match (but don’t worry — your phone number won’t show up on their caller ID or anything).
Hotline attempts to help its users quickly discern whether a prospective partner is actually interesting enough or interested enough in you to really pursue.
"At our core, we care about giving people the space to have authentic connections, and that starts with building an inclusive community.
If it succeeds, though, it could be a viable option for singles who'd rather not waste time with virtual pen pals.
Once connected, daters must engage in at least a 5-minute phone conversation if they want to text within the app.
Its developers say their main goal is to get people off Hotline and into meaningful relationships as soon as possible.
It's what you get if that back-and-forth messaging actually leads somewhere.
In Hotline's newly launched service, however, it's not just prominent... The mobile app requires that you have a 5-minute voice call with your prospective partner (thankfully, without using your phone number) before you can message them.