AnastasiaDate Review

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3/5
AnastasiaDate is an online dating platform for singles all over the world. It’s meant for creating long-lasting companionship and holds the tagline, “Love Knows No Boundaries.” The idea for this site was hatched by David and Elena Besuden back in 1993. The premise centers on connecting North American men with women from Eastern Europe. The name Anastasia is a nod to the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. At first, the Besudens sent dating catalogs to men, but in 1997, they launched the website and quickly accumulated members from across the globe. Besides its online success, the website also made it to the big screen in the 2010 film Love Translated, in which it was referenced. The Besudens sold their company to Social Discovery Ventures in 2011 and the following year, the site grew by 220% and earned $110 million, according to Fortune. According to Chief Strategy Officer Mark Brooks, AnastasiaDate aims to maintain a positive reputation, especially as the online dating niche toes the line between respectability and raunchiness. The website has been recognized as a premium international dating platform, although others call it merely a mail-order bride site.

Membership Statistics

Total members20 million
Members from the U.S.~4.5 million
Daily logins3,775

Gender Disparity

Men39%
Women61%

Age Ranges

18-2422%
25-3432%
35-4422%
45-5416%
55+8%

Membership

Given that the website was founded in Russia, there are many Russian singles on the site. That said, AnastasiaDate has made its way to other continents and now has large user bases in the United States, Canada, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic. The company has also seen success in parts of Asia, and this growth prompted the Besudens to launch three more websites: AmoLatina, AsianBeauties, and AfricanBeauties.

The majority of users are women in Eastern Europe looking for men in the United States and Canada. The most common age range is 25-34, although there’s a decent number of 18-24-year-olds and 35-44-year-olds. There are nearly twice as many women as men.

Creating A Profile

Registering on this platform is super quick and easy. It takes less than five minutes, and the site is open to heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

Email verification is required, so be sure to check your inbox so you can confirm your subscription and start finding matches. You can also sign up via your Facebook or Google account, which speeds up the process. After confirming your email address, you’ll be redirected to the main page.

Unlike other online dating sites, you don’t have to fill out preliminary information to create an account. Simply enter your gender, the gender you want to match with, an email address, and a password. You’ll also need a username.

Even though you don’t have to add any personal information, it’s a good idea to flesh out your profile page to make it more appealing to potential matches. This will help you stand out among those millions of users. Besides, most people on the site have in-depth profiles and include things like their physical traits, educational background, job, birth date, marital status, and their ideal match.

Using the Site

Once on the main page, you’ll see potential matches. There will be several profile pictures showing the person’s name and age, inviting you to scroll through the options. You’ll also notice pop-ups on the bottom-right corner of the screen. This shows messages that you’ve received from other users inviting you to LiveChat. On the left-hand side of the screen, you’ll see an overview of your messages, your contact lists, how many members are currently online, and more. The taskbar at the top of the page is simple and includes links to your account, your profile, and the search filter.

Thes site has plenty of unique features that set it apart from the competition. First is the AnastasiaDate’s Flowers and Presents service that lets users send gifts to their matches on special occasions like birthdays. This is different from virtual gifts, which cost 15 credits each.

LiveChat lets you instant message other users, while CamShare is a two-way webcam communication that makes for easier video chatting across the globe. CallMe works like a telephone conference in which you can call one of your matches in real-time. Company interpreters are available to ease any language barriers.

Non-paying members have limited access to all that the site has to offer. They can instant message for free for the first three minutes, but after that, they’re stuck. All they can do is visit profiles and look at the pictures and videos. They need credits to send gifts, message others, and engage with anybody on the site.

Finding A Match

You can start by looking through the profile recommendations on the homepage. There is also a search filter where you can browse profiles based on age, country, interests, lifestyle habits, and English fluency.

When visiting different profiles, you can see which are confirmed, meaning they verified their email address. You’ll also be able to see if they upload any photos or videos. Anyone can view profile pictures and videos for free.

Once you find someone you like, you can send them messages and photos. CallMe, LiveChat, and CamShare are paid features, and you’ll need to purchase credits to send photos to other users. Use the CallMe feature to hear another user’s voice over the phone. Likewise, Direct-Call works in the same way but is only on the app version allows you to talk to your match at any time and without web assistance, providing you both speak the same language.

You can also use the Correspondence feature to send letters and photos to your match. This is a way that members can share private photos. The site translators can translate your letter into your match’s native language. Love Note works like an instant messenger and allows you to start communicating with someone right away. It doesn’t cost any credits, but you must have a membership to use it.

Accessibility

AnastasiaDate has a mobile app for Android users only. It has a 3.8 out of 5 stars on the Google Play Store and is rated Mature 17+. You log in through your Facebook profile and from there, you can use the Direct-Call features and more.

Both the mobile and Web versions are easy to navigate. Plus, there are helpful pages like FAQs, updates, and safety tips. While it may be a bit overwhelming at the start, you will quickly get used to moving around the site.

For extra assistance, visit the Help Center page on the site or email support@anastasiadate.com. You can also call 1-800-356-3130. The U.S. office is located at Dating Gateways LLC589 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018.

Safety

The site suffered a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack in 2015 when two Ukrainian hackers got into the site and limited user accessibility. The hackers demanded $10,000 from the company in exchange for relinquishing control. The business promptly hired a data security company to assist with ramping up the site’s safety measures and locating the hackers, which they did.

Many news outlets and publications have investigated AnastasiaDate to deem its dependability. In 2014, The Guardian reported that both men and women have been exploited on the platform. As with most things, some people have had amazing experiences on the website while others have been cheated and scammed.

It’s worth noting that since the sign-up process is so bare-boned, it makes it easy to invalid profiles to slip through the cracks. This greatly increases your chances of coming across a scam on the website. The company doesn’t check profile pictures for validity either. Most of the profiles have what appear to be professional model photographs, so that’s another potential red flag.

Pricing

A membership with AnastasiaDate only costs $9.99 per month, but when you add in the price of buying credits, this site is expensive. That said, when you sign up for a subscription, you’ll get a discount on your first month, after which you’ll pay the original fee each subsequent month. You’ll also receive 10 LiveChat sessions of three minutes, 20 welcome credits, and unlimited Love Notes each month.

As a free member, you’ll be able to use the search filters and view profile pictures and videos. Paid members get access to LiveChat, CamShare, Flowers and Present service, CallMe, and private photos. You can pay by credit card or PayPal, but it’s not clear if the company offers discreet billing.

As for purchasing credits, the price ranges from $15.99 for 20 credits to $1,999 for 5,000 credits. To put that in perspective, LiveChat costs 1 credit per minute, Direct-Call costs 5 credits per minute, and Correspondence costs 10 credits per letter.

Membership Comparison

 Basic MembershipPremium Membership
Price$0/mo$9.99/mo
Profile CreationYesYes
Search FiltersYesYes
LiveChatNoYes
CamShareNoYes
CallMeNoYes
GiftsNoYes

Cost Comparison for Features

ServiceCredits
LiveChat1/min
Direct-Call5/min
CallMe10/min
Correspondence10/letter
Virtual gifts15/each

FAQs

Does AnastasiaDate have discreet billing?

There isn’t any information on the website that suggests discreet billing.

How does CallMe work?

You select the CallMe option and book a reservation to speak with one of your matches. You must give at least 24 hours’ notice. Also, be aware that this feature costs 100 credits every 10 minutes.

Does the Flowers and Presents service use real items or virtual gifts?

It sends real presents, such as tech gadgets, gift certificates, flowers, perfumes, and chocolates to your matches. This service ships all over the world.

How do I delete my profile?

You have to contact Customer Service if you want to delete and remove your profile. Get in touch with them through the Help Center page.

Can I block another user?

There doesn’t appear to be an option to block another user.

What is the company’s refund policy?

Upon canceling your account, if you have any unused credits, the monetary amount will be refunded to you. However, if AnastasiaDate finds any reason to terminate your account, you will not be entitled to a refund.