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Streamate

Rabbit score: 91%
    • $2.99/1 minute

Streamate

Mobile Friendly

There's a reason why Streamate is a top-rated cam site. The number of live performers at any moment is around 2,000 and you get a variety of looks and personalities, from amateurs to pornstars. It has an easy-to-use responsive interface and billing is seamless - you won't be kicked out of a chat for lack of funds. The site also has solid filter capabilities.

Rabbit score: 91%
50 Customer Reviews
2.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars 16
  • 4 stars 3
  • 3 stars 7
  • 2 stars 9
  • 1 stars 15
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A.K. Anderson

Update done by A.K. Anderson

Published Jul 11, 2010, updated on Feb 02, 2017

Pros and Cons

  • many high-quality HD cams
  • lots of performers online at all times
  • slick and easy-to-use interface
  • some expensive cams
  • no online community
  • pre-checked cross sale

There are many reasons why we consider Streamate to be the best live cam site. With their easy-to-use interface (that's mobile-responsive), seamless billing, large number of hot cam performers online at all times, innovative features, niche cams, pornstars and more, this site is a leader among all the live chat sites. And my recent visit has once again confirmed this.

All the babes I checked out were rocking excellent HD streams. Fluid motion and an almost crystal-clear image were the norm. They switched most cams to display in widescreen format in 2013 and the streams take up plenty of screen real estate, so that the babe and her show are truly the focus.

The site's tagline used to be "live amateurs 24/7," but it still seems like a very accurate way to describe Streamate. I checked it out at different times of the day and at one point there were over 2,000 performers online. One reason for such a large number is that the performers are located all over the world, so there are always people awake and looking to put on a show. However, unlike many of its competitors, there's a huge English-speaking performer base, be it from the U.S., Canada or the U.K.

While many appear to perform from a studio, the majority look to be broadcasting live from their bedroom or living room. And while pornstars like Jill Kelly, Devon Michaels and Tara Lynn Foxx are regular performers, most of the men and women available do fall into the amateur category. It's not uncommon to see a performer take a phone call or talk to a friend between shows.

Also, the variety is fabulous, from chubby chicks to huge tits to grannies to teens and coeds. A variety of ethnicities are available, too, as well as couples (lesbian and straight), a mix of sexual orientations (there's gay and transsexual sections) and you will probably even find a few pregnant chicks. The search and filtering options are varied and well designed.

Like pretty much every other live cam site, it's free to browse and chat publicly with the performers. This is a good way to check out the quality of the babe's cam and ask her any questions, like what she does and doesn't do in private chat. When you go private is when you pay (although the first 30 seconds of each private chat session is free).

There are three pay/chat options. There's private chat where others can potentially join in. There's the exclusive chat where it's only you and the performer and it's always the most expensive choice (obviously). Then there are the gold shows, which is an interesting take on the popular My Free Cams idea.

Basically, a cam girl will initiate a gold show by saying that she wants to collect, say, $200 in the next 20 minutes. Once she hits that target, anyone who contributed toward this show will be able to view it, so it's just another name for a group cam show. The cost varies from show to show, so it can be anywhere from $1 to $10 and they can last from 3 to over 10 minutes. Sometimes the girls will also provide incentive for bigger tips by handing out photos and videos for certain tip amounts and some girls give control of the show over to the highest tipper.

The girl states in her room what her show will be about, so this is a welcome addition for users who want to spend less money while watching their favorite girls perform. However, given that in a group show you're competing with a bunch of other users (sometimes more than 50), you'll barely get any attention from her. In fact, in most cases, she does what she said she'd do and has very little interaction with the people in the room.

One word of warning, though. There have been reports in the past of several performers just playing pre-recorded feeds. It seems Streamate was aware of the issue, but at the time was not doing anything to stop it. However, this time around, at least one of the pre-recorded girls we were aware of is no longer on the site. I can't say the problem doesn't exist anymore, but maybe they've started to clean it up.

Some tips for spotting these fakes: They're almost always online and don't interact with anyone, or if they do chat it has nothing to do with the ongoing conversation. Luckily, there are not too many of these performers and given how many there are overall, they're a very small percentage.

As far as pricing goes it's pretty varied and it seems like each girl makes up her own price per minute. Based on my research, the average private show is $2.99/minute and an exclusive chat is $3.99 per minute, but remember that there's a lot of variation and you'll find plenty above and below those averages. You can find many girls charging only $0.99 per minute, while some of the popular pornstars charge anywhere from $4.99 to $9.99 per minute.

Personally, I find the interface to be one of the easiest to use out of all the cam sites out there. It's efficient, clean, clear and has pretty much all the features you would want on a cam site. It would be nice to have more price transparency, but only a few other sites offer that.

Our users have been mentioning some issues with customer support. We can't really comment on that, though, because in our several years of use, we have not had any billing issues and never needed to contact their support. The great thing about their billing system is that once your credit card is on file, you don't need to reload or buy any credits to use the site. It charges the card with multiple amounts based on your usage. To prevent overspending, you can limit your account to a maximum daily amount.

Over the years they've improved their support for iPhones and iPads. There used to be these workarounds needed for the iPhone, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. As for the iPad, the site streams excellent-quality cam feeds and the interface is very user-friendly and fits the device perfectly. I also browsed the site on an Android phone and have pretty much only good things to say about the experience. They've worked on improving things and it shows. The streams are now HD and fast and they really do look great, with fluid motion. Also, the chat page is much cleaner and everything aligns better.

I've got to conclude by saying that Streamate is an excellent cam site. Besides the high-quality cams and variety of performers, the prices are generally decent and the various options (many performers have sound and cam2cam options) provide a complete experience. Serious cam-girl fans need an account here and any beginners should start here in order to appreciate what a great cam experience looks like.

Latest Review Update

(Feb 02, 2017)

Since our last review of the site :

  • Still going strong with tons of performers, HD cams and generally good prices.
  • Improved mobile experience.

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2.9 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 stars 3
  • 3 stars 7
  • 2 stars 9
  • 1 stars 15

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  • xxambu
    By xxambu on Jul 06, 2017

    streamate need take care better of members, now with with some models playing for gold, open space to models as SaraSweeet, BombasticAssxxx, Aliya_, XiomyDivine and others that request gold all time as a beggar and after they receive say that only play in private, if admins not stop with this abuses of profiteers models, they will down reputacion of site, and destroy tips shows, what is a good thing and tendence in all cam sites, also will send members to spend money in others sites where dont have abuses

  • whisky
    By whisky on May 07, 2017

    the site is becoming very stressful now they have a lots of hacks going on, customers started living cause of credit cards being hacks .very low traffic thre are favoritism going on, especialy on the asian section .why are this all rusian and white girls are there in the asian section ? wich soppose to be asian section but you can see all this white skin blue eyes blonde hair ?they realy look asain arent they? so funny when you look at to this section. and they keep them all on the the top so that all the philippines models are evrybody push down on the bottom .and thier customer service are all sucks

  • Model
    By Model on Dec 29, 2016

    CONS TO BEING A MODEL ON STREAMATE: Model support SUCKS. They lie to their models, make stuff up, and mess with their own model profiles, including but NOT limited to discounting or removing valid 5 star ratings, and discounting and removing valid member comments, and removing models from their members' favorites list. Their response when you inquire about such actions is to lie and make up whatever excuse they can to cover up their actions- including giving false information that completely goes against the written rules of the provided Model Handbook & makes no sense to anyone with half a brain & the keen ability to read words. They harass & punish models who inquire about the credibility and validity of the site, & they use any means necessary to crush any model who attempts to stand up for themselves & their profession. Streamates also sells videos of models to the members and they don't give them anything in return, & they cleverly hide this from any model that doesn't know any better by totally omitting the 'videos for sale' section of model profiles so when a model clicks on 'view my profile' from their model page, they don't even see that section. (New Models: Check your cammodels.com link to see what members REALLY see, not what Streamates wants you to see.) They also allow certain models to run pre-recorded shows that aren't even live. They don't back their models up and they treat them like they aren't even real people, while giving them a crappy little 35% cut. What are models paying 65% for??? No traffic, CONSTANT software glitches, little to NO model support, a cheap 'streamate broadcast' encoder that makes your normally flawless video look horrible, & a flawed ranking system that makes little to no sense.With so many awesome camming sites to choose from, why would any model choose this outdated & TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL website? PROS TO BEING A MODEL ON STREAMATE: You can quit and move on to a site that not only pays you more, but treats you FAIRLY.

  • Anonymous
    By Anonymous on Dec 18, 2016

    Comparated with others STREAMATE are bored and tiring, gold shows fully banalized and Is being used by models without motivation and audacity, nothing incentive members send gold or new members join in this site

  • CABuilt1
    By CABuilt1 on Dec 02, 2016

    DISHONEST Company - AVOID! If you find a decent "model" you are likely alright, except for technical issues with the cam2cam & "phone" feature so that you can take your hands off the keyboard to communicate. I had issues with both the cam2cam & "phone" features. The first "chat" rep I got was great, apologized & told me that Streamate is NOT supported by Internet Explorer (I was using Firefox), that Firefox as well as Chrome also have issues with Stremate, that I should download & use Safari, which I did. I still had cam2cam & phone issues with Stremate while using the suggested Safari. I am leery of some of the models that, despite what they have listed in their profiles that they are into, don't want to answer any questions about it BEFORE you enter PAID chat at up to $4.99 a min. I found one who listed things I liked, I asked a few questions, was told the "toys" were in another room and COST EXTRA. I agreed, entered the PAID chat & asked him to get the items, while I PAID & waited. After a long pause, he REFUSED & told me to ask my questions somewhere else. I asked what I had done wrong to "Viking27". He replied that I had done nothing wrong, but ended the session. This time when I contacted "customer service" by chat, the rep., told me he would note it on the models record. HE LIED, after the chat with him, he HAD CANCELED my account and BLOCKED me "for life". Really???? This is what Streamate calls "customer support"??? I googled customer reviews & complaints. I discovered that they have many, many sites & different names, including Flying Crocodiles INC, dba as FCI, Inc. etc. Others report that some models have a pre-taped loop that plays with someone else than the model typing replies as though they are the model. Their "customer service", with one exception I had, are rude, rotten, arrogant & nasty. At $5.00/$4.99 a min, I EXPECT FAR BETTER "customer service". Their behavior to complaints is to CANCEL your account & BLOCK you for life.

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