Last updated on February 13, 2014 | by Aet Suvari0
Oasis Dating – Free Dating Site Review
Oasis Review Ratings
Summary: A free dating site that's not really free if you want to use most of its features.
However, unfortunately this is no longer the case. You are still free to sign up, search, browse and even send a few messages but in order to enjoy the unlimited freedom of using the site, you still have to pay.
This has, to an extent, reduced the number of advertisements on the site but since the Oasis Dating site membership fees are quite low, the adverts are also still present and quite intrusive. You might barely notice them once you’ve created your profile – or they’ll be a constant distraction – either way they are there as it is with most free or cheap dating sites.
Sign-up, profile and search
Oasis has one of the quickest sign ups we’ve tried. Once you’ve created a username and entered your email address you’re taken to one page where you can enter some information about yourself and select a few drop down answers to the standard questions about wanting kids, height, drinking etc. Then you can upload a photo or more.
Be sure to not leave your introductory text too small though as the profile has to be approved before it goes live and if it’s on the empty side you’ll have to add some more to your description then re-submit it. Once your profile and photos are approved you should be up and running in no time and you’re free to browse the site while they’re being approved too.
A big plus for Oasis is that it’s got a large user base so chances are there should be a decent amount of members near you and a pretty solid base from where to start browsing. You can search by location, distance, age range and the results come back in order of their recent activity, profiles also mention when a member was last online which gives you a realistic idea of how busy the site is. They don’t have any kind of compatibility testing so you won’t get to filter the results in the order of closest matches.
Oasis Dating Profiles
Did we mention the ads? Yes, they’re still here. Even overlooking them won’t make the profile pages appear very appealing though – they’re pretty basic and bare and not a lot of imagination has gone into the design.
We give plus points for the little alert box in the top right that makes a little sound when someone views your profile (although we heard that feature will soon be removed and will be available for paying members only), messages you or comes online – you can change the alert settings so you’re only notified of things you want – it’s a nice feature though that keeps things fun and interesting as you move around the site.
As well as your main profile picture (which is optional but recommended) you can add several more gallery photos which you can make public or private. There’s also a box on the right where you can see a list of all your contacts on the site.
How to get in touch?
Things get a little complicated when it comes to contacting someone. So far Oasis has has a so-called ‘Tokens’ system in place to be used by free members if they want to send messages (or personalised contact requests as they are known on the site) but as we understand from their site they are in the process of removing the token-system as it was overly complicated. Indeed it is!
You have to pay 100 tokens for personalised contact requests (e.g messages) to change your profile team etc, and it is just too messy and a little annoying. Besides, earning those tokens isn’t easy and straightforward.
Flirts – which are essentially the same as ‘winks’ – are still free to send but as far as we understood they too will disappear from new Oasis and will be replaced by Secret Flirt, which means both parties have to send each other the Secret Flirt before they are notified of each other’s interest.
How much does it cost?
Well, right now Oasis has three levels of membership – free (with tokens), silver and gold. Basically anyone can send standard requests which mean choosing a standard ‘pick-up line’ from a drop-down menu. Sending Flirts is also free.
Tokens enter when you want to do anything more personal plus Silver and Gold members also pay some money to use all the other features like priority custom support, offline profile views or advanced matches filter. Also, removing advertising from the site is included in the Gold package, which costs £16.45 a month (if subscribing for a month) or £98.95 for a year (making it out to be £8.25 a month). So not that cheap all in all!
Once the site is revamped, Oasis dating has promised it will only have free and gold membership. Free users can send 5 contact requests a day for free, compared to 20 for Gold members (so not even paid members get an unlimited usage of the site!)
Oasis Dating Review: Conclusion
If you’re looking for a serious relationship then we recommend trying the best paid for dating sites like Match or eHarmony as they just offer better service for the money you pay plus people often invest more time in building their profile when it costs them something. However, if you’re feeling the pinch financially then you might be able to make a site like Oasis Dating work for you for free if you’re prepared to put the work in to find someone you might be compatible with. If you can handle the ads there are plenty of members here to search from.
Oasis Dating Review Review: Pros and Cons
Huge user base, which gives you a good choice when performing the search.
Free site that isn’t actually free – we’re not a big fan of that.
And that’s where our Oasis dating review winds up, good luck if you decide to join or try some alternative dating sites below.