Number of Web Cam hosts
There are more than 10,000 registered hosts on My Free Cams and an average of 400 can be found online at any given time.
Cost:Average cost for a private cam chat is as following:
- Public Shows – Free, except for optional tipping
- Group Shows - 10 tokens per minute, or 1 token every 6 seconds
- Private chats - 1 token per second, or 60 tokens per minute
- True private chat - 80 tokens per minute
- Spy chat costs - 20 tokens per minute (1 token every 3 seconds)
The first time you buy credit on MyFreeCams.com you'll only one option – being 200 tokens for $19.99, which comes up to 0.10 per token and really is a pretty great deal in all accounts. You will also receive an instant upgrade to premium member and can then continue to purchase other token packages as following:
- 200 Tokens for $19.99 (about $0.10 per token)
- 550 Tokens for $49.99 (about $0.09 per token)
- 900 Tokens for $74.99 (about $0.08 per token)
Or you can click on the Smaller Token Packages link at the bottom and thereafter choose between numerous token packages ranging from $1.49 for 10 token to $9.99 for 95 tokens in $0.50 intervals. This means you can purchase 15 tokens for $1.99, 20 tokens for $2.49, 25 tokens for $2.99, etc. You get the picture I hope. If you are still having difficulties, look at the nice screenshot that I made for you, all by myself.
After being a Premium Member for awhile you can purchase even bigger token packages, if you want, and for even better prices.
Another nifty option offered on MyFreeCams is the Bank Wire Transfer. This is a very convenient way of transferring cash without using your credit card, but it has some disadvantages. First of all, in most cases you will need to actually go to the bank, physically, in order to transfer the money. Second, the minimum purchase is 3750 tokens for $300.00, which is a lot of tokens, albeit for a very reasonable price. Finally keep in mind that such services usually entail a pretty stiff commission of around $20, so if you do use it, purchase a lot of tokens at once, to save on future commissions.
My Free Cams states that if you purchase additional tokens above the stated amount they will cost you only $0.08 per token. Notice that no money refunds are available for this specific service and you can only be offered refunds in tokens.Payment Methods:
- Credit/Debit Cards
- Visa/Carte Bleue/Electron/Debit
- Bank wire transfer.
- - Unlimited Free Webcam Shows
Types of Memberships and Benefits:
On MyFreeCams all memberships are free of charge, but there are certain advantages to upgrading. Plus, since this videochat site is a real community, you will be wise to create a free account so that you can convert with other members and take part in the active cyber community life. Note that you can look around the webcams without even signing up, but for an actual use of the site’s best features, you will need to pay.
Again, as stated above, all of the video cam memberships on My Free Cams are free of charge, but you do have two basic types of memberships that are important to note.Basic members
Upon choosing a nickname and password you immediately become a member. All you need to do is choose your username and password, and you’ll get a verification link to use on the site.Cost to Join: Free
Info Needed: Valid email, password, nickname of your choice
- Watch live webcam shows
- You can build your personal profile and customize it
- Add pictures to your profile
- Allow other users to view your private webcam
- Interact with other users through Private Messages and emails
- Join free video chats for as long as you want
- Watch several live shows at the same time
A Premium Member is any free member who purchases tokens on My Free Cams. You don’t even need to have tokens in your account to be counted as a Premium Member, only to have had some in your account once. Once you’ve spent money on the site once, you are given a lifetime Premium Membership.Cost to Join: Free, just purchase tokens.
All those given to free members PLUS:
- Private Show Archives - All your previous live private shows are saved for you free of charge and you can watch them again anytime.
- Private Gallery – premium members receive access to a picture gallery that constantly features random photos of random webcam hosts from various private shows. The longer you are a member, the more photos you get.
- Receive SMS or Email notifications when your favorite hosts go online.
- Upload pictures to your profile page
- Discuss interests and favorite webcam models
- Post on other profiles
- Receive MFC mailbox
- Access the Lounge.
- Free Text Chat Archives – Browse old text chats from video chat rooms and PMs.
Create Your Profile
Creating a webcam profile on MyFreeCams is as simple as it gets. The site highly encourages members to create a profile for themselves and you receive access to special exclusive features once you do.
My Free Cams is BIG on special features and you have many of them, almost anywhere you look. Here are just a few of the most popular ones (because listing all of them will most likely take all day).Special User Features
- True private chat – A regular private chat, only other members are not allowed to spy on your chat session
- Group show – View shows with other members.
- Spy chat - Spy on another member's private chats.
- Hide Your Tool Bar – Clicking on the Hide Link button will make your tool bar go away. This means bigger picture of course.
- Hide Model List – Clicking on the Hide Link button at the top-right corner of the list of webcam models will remove it from your screen, with the same result of enlarging the video chat space.
- Share Your Video Cam – Members can share their live webcams at homes with other specific, redefined users.
- CamScore – This is an exclusive MyFreeCams feature which allows users to score the webcam performers and to consequently help determine who will appear on the first page. Members who watch 1 on 1 shows rate the hosts. New models begin with a CamScore of 1000 which will change depending on the Tokens they receive and their ratings.
- Preview Display – Among standard display modes, MyFreeCams also has a webcam preview display feature which allows users to see snapshots of the current occurrences in the models’ video chat rooms. You can choose between small and large previews, and the large ones really are quite impressive.
- Hosts You May Like – This new and exclusive webcam feature allows users to write name of a host whose company they enjoyed and get recommendations for hosts that have similar attributes or shows. This is a great tool for folks who are interested in finding new options but don’t want to endure endless time wasting searches and just want the shortlist.
- Member Tags – This is a list of tags written solely by members. Myfreecams does not review these tags and they range from “Funny”, “Sweet”, “Respectful” and “Honest” to more specific characteristics and skills.
The Miss MyFreeCams Contest
Anotehr exclusive feature on this site that deserves a section of its own is the Miss MyFreeCams Contest. This is basically a fun competition between models where the 100 models who win the highest number of tokens each month win prizes. The top ranking model is crowned Miss MyFreeCams. The list is a very useful tool for users who want to find the most popular models on the site. You can see who are the top 100 models of the current month's contest as well as the final top 20 from previous months.Video Chat Features
- Set the picture box to view your live chat at three different sizes, ranging from a quarter of the screen to a full screen.
- Zoom in and out and enjoy close up angle with the easy to use tabs.
- Turn your cam On or Off
- Turn the chat sound on or off
- Use Emoticons
- Change the font size
- Move on to the next video chat room, an especially useful feature when you don’t know what it is you’re looking for
The information found on the hosts' profiles on this site is plentiful but a bit of a mess. Users can leave their own remarks and it’s sometimes hard to figure out where is what, but you can still figure out the most important things. Here is a quick list of the info offered on each profile:
- A bit about the host – what she thinks about life, etc.
- Webcam specialties
- Number of Fans
- Physical features
- Ethnic background
- Average Rating
- Info wall – Where users can write things and express themselves
- Hobbies and interests
- Favorite Models
- Show schedule
- Talents – What are her live cam skills and what she does best on webcams
- Pictures – the models upload many free pictures to their profiles and they are worth checking out
- Videos – Many performers uploads videos, and in some cases there will be dozens of them on her page
Private Webcam Communication
MyFreeCams puts a lot of emphasis on communication between members and hosts. This goes with the website’s image of being a friendly cyber community. There are a few interactive features that allow you to chat with other users or hosts.
- Standard Private Messages (PM's). This system is similar to Yahoo or AOL and any member or model can use them to chat instantly and with complete privacy. You can see which one of your friends and favorite webcam models is online by clicking on the list of Online Buddies.
- PM's with Webcam Video. On the PM window itself you will see many options including View Webcam, which will allow you to cam chat with the person of your choice – right on the PM window.
- MFC Mail – This method of private communication is similar to a regular email. It can be accessed through the personal menu and you’ll be notified when your messages will be read.
Customize Your Chatting
At MyFreeCams you are invited to customize all your personal areas and communicative tools. Your definitions will be kept and the same font will be used in video chats and Private Messages. Here are a few ways to identify yourself in your own unique style.
- Customized Fonts – Choose color, size and style to your font and change it grows old.
- Emoticons – Express your feelings about a certain idea or event using over 100 different Smileys.
- Add images to your chatting – there are over 500 of these images and you can access them through the More Emoticons page.
- Add Images from the Net - You are free to insert any online image on the any Videochat room. Click on the tiny picture logo (on the right side of the chat room or PM text input) and paste the URL of the image and it will instantly appear.
- Custom Cam Model List – This recommended feature enables you to control the host lists. By clicking on the Sort/Filter link you can reorganize the models, search by name and even hide certain performers.
Since MyFreeCams.com is more of an adult webcam community than another livecam website, the separation between so called clients and hosts is not very clear. As I mentioned, users can upload their own web camera feeds and allow other members to stream it online, which really makes them a kind of cam models, and they can also manage their own personal profiles. There are many things that each MyFreeCams user can do on a standard personal profile page, and you can find all the optional settings when you click on your nickname in the right corner of the upper navigation bar.
Sharing Your Live Webcam
On MyFreeCams.com any user is free to share webcam feeds with other users. When you click on the “Start My Webcam” link on the Personal Menu, you private cam will become visible for other users. It is completely free of charge and you can define who is allowed to watch the live cam stream in your Personal Options.
Getting around My Free Cams is relatively simple, but you have to know what you’re looking for. While all the main paths are clearly marked and there are big buttons that clearly explain where they will lead you, there are so many features and so many cyber cam activities that without knowing where you are heading, you will probably miss some fun options. Take a minute to read the FAQ to get a general idea about your possibilities.
I especially like the right side navigation bar on MyFreeCams. It's pretty unique and includes some options that you won't find elsewhere such as a list of most popular video chat rooms, list of model tags and list of member tags.
The best searching tool offered on MyFreeCams.com is the Filter/Sort option which lets you narrow down the full online model list according to fixed preferences. Other than that you won’t find many “popular categories” to choose from or ideas for specific searches. It is a useful tool, but the site could probably do better by offering more suggestions and idea for searches for newcomers. The only category that does get its own attention on this website is the Asian webcams.
I also want to point out the Cam Preview option within the Sort/Filter tool. I already mentioned it briefly on my Feature section, but I know most of you guys don’t bother reading the fine print. Anyway, this is a very helpful display mode which lets you see all the live chat rooms with pictures taken from the last minute. This is a huge time saver as you can tell how the model looks like today and even in what she is currently up to. You can even choose between small webcam previews and large ones, and I’ve got to handed to MyFreeCams.com – the bigger pictures are really amazing. It’s like no other search display mode that I’ve ever seen before.
Another great search tool on MyFreeCams.com is called Model Explorer. It's an exclusive feature that allows users to see the answers models game to specific questions or to see their picture with just one single attribute such as education, hair or day job. This is a fun way of getting a taste of models' characteristics and personalities, but keep in mind that if you choose the more detailed questions such as "5 things I can't live without", you will end up with as many answers as there are hosts.
However, as the screenshot below shows, if you pick a variance like Hair and type in the word Blonde, you will get to all of the light-haired hosts and that is a very useful tools for users with specific preferences.
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MyFreeCams.com has a helpful customer support that can be accessed with any question, inquiry or complaint. It even has “We Already Know” list with problems that the site is already working to fix. You can access the support in two ways:
- Fill in a form on the site’s Contact Us page.
- Email directly to: [email protected]
Before you send a question, be sure to check the FAQs, which cover many topics that you may have concerns about and will save you the need of a correspondence.
MyFreeCams is clearly aware of how the huge number of features can confuse some users and it has an extensive Frequently Asked Questions page, which is designed like a Wiki page. It in informative, helpful and doesn’t hide any important fact and it is superbly organized. Before you send a question, be sure to check the FAQs, which cover many topics that you may have concerns about and will save you the need of a correspondence.
Currently MyFreeCams is operative in English only, but we did see some webcam models who speak different languages. That isn’t much help though, because you won’t be able to find them unless you type a name of a language in the Free Search option.
The best reason to pick My Free Cams is that this is the only site where you can actually view live shows on webcams with no strings attached and FREE of charge. The website is friendly, takes a fresh, frank approach and has so many features that you’ll never get through them all.
Being relatively new and growing exponentially, MyFreeCams looks and organizing skills have not yet matched its growth. The site is a bit of a mess and the graphic is far from being perfect.
It’s not easy for a newcomer to compete in the live web camera arena, but with unbeatable prices and an honest approach, this site deserves some special attention. The atmosphere on MyFreeCams is fun, enthusiastic and you’ll immediately feel as though you are part of this bubbly cyber community.
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