Dating with phone numbers
Ona, which launched this month, matches users to experts (matchmakers, therapists, dating coaches, online profile editors) to help navigate online dating.
"She wouldn't message me [again] until I called her," Ballantyne told CNNTech.
It can be tough for two busy humans to find time to talk, but Ballantyne said forcing people to play phone tag keeps things spontaneous.
Calls take place in-app so the company can keep track of how long they last.
Now, some dating app creators say there has to be a better way to help people forge connections IRL.
Hotline, which launched Monday in New York, wants to bring authenticity and discernment back to online dating. " until after you've spoken on the phone at least once.
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Hotline will charge users $9 per month, so they have some skin in the dating game.