I initially thought Phone Mates would feature audio sex stories and phone sex recordings, but that wasn't the case. In actuality it's a live cam site. And if you have ever checked out another live cam site called Sexier, then you would probably notice that they both look very much the same. The site has two formats, including one for PCs and one for mobile phones, so you can have fun wherever you are.
Now, although the general look of both Sexier and PhoneMates is the same, there are still some differences. First off are the color schemes, which are very different (brown vs. blue). Also, while checking out both sites at the same time I noticed that while there was lots of overlap among the performers and who was online, it wasn't 100% the same all the time. So let me just talk about the "mates."
You'll find 800 to 850 babes online most of the time, so variety isn't an issue. They're lumped into general categories, such as MILF, blondes, BBW and 18-20. Pornstars like Anita Dark, Alanna Ackerman and Sunrise Adams are available as well, so be sure to check their schedules. You can further narrow down your choices by age, appearance, language and special features like toys and high-speed internet connections.
The performers choose whether to provide a free chat room or not. Most do, but you'll find many who don't. Most cams look good and it appears that almost all the girls are working from home. About half have audio and roughly one out of every four use a high-quality cam that looks great and runs smoothly. Little icons, like a speaker or an "HQ" symbol, are attached to the preview pic, so you know before entering their room what to expect.
You buy credits and cash them in for private shows. The ratio is generally a dollar a credit, though larger packages provide discounts. The performers set their own prices, but on average I found that I was looking at $1.98/minute. There are many that charge $0.98/minute and I even found one performer charging $0.68/minute. If you're looking for an affordable deal, you can select "low price models" among the categories and do some browsing.
Cam2cam is an option, as is two-way audio, though many performers don't have them. For camera controls, you can adjust the brightness and contrast. Also, you can zoom in and even move the camera slightly up, down, left and right. There is no credit countdown of remaining funds when in private, but there is a link for one-click purchase of more credits.
The mobile experience is slightly different from the PC one. There's a search bar on the mobile version, but no categories, which means you have to browse page by page for performers, unless you put them in your favorites or know their screen name. Cam quality on your mobile is a little more pixilated and the sound isn't as strong, but not enough to affect your enjoyment. If you're comfortable texting, you should have no problem chatting with the models.
Overall, Phone Mates is a good cam site that provides selection and quality. Little things, like the lack of a timer and the fact that many models don't use many of the available features, get in the way. With the selection as large as it is, though, you should find a babe or two (or three or four) who matches what you're looking for.