In the short time that FreeCamStars.com has been online it has been through quite a lot of changes. When the site’s final version was fully launched worldwide in 2011, it boasted a lot of unique models and attracted a lot of customers who were looking to discover new performers from all over the world. Because it was well marketed, the site carried on growing – but unfortunately this was a period where the competition was fierce.
They remained as a small independent website until earlier this year, when the website was bought by the company that owns Streamate.com [review], a huge adult live show company. The few thousand performers they had before have all been replaced by the immense number of models registered on the Streamate network. And now, although the site is under new management it still retains a little individuality in terms of design and features, which allowed it to survive up to now. The future of the site looks promising with the new management; but as of now, it is simply in a transitional state.
The site layout and features
Although freecamstars has managed to retain some of its individual layout from the days when it was independent, it has recently been redesigned to include it’s the features and options of the network it now belongs to.
After arriving at the freecamstars.com homepage you will see there is a rather large but unobtrusive quick login box and signup button at the very top of the page, just besides the site’s fresh new logo; just to make sure you notice them. Below them you will find a main navigation bar, which includes links to the homepage, the new models page, show schedule page, support page, and members log-in page. There is also a quick search bar that allows you to search for anything onsite.
Usually one starts exploring the homepage before anything else, as it is almost always the most comprehensive page from where you can access everything. On this page, just below the navigation bar you will see a black box which acts as a quick filter for each category the site has to offer; each category also shows the number of available, online models for said category. A very handy feature for sure, also because it can be expanded to display the categories they offer for guy cams, gay cams, transsexual cams, and even speciality/fetish cams.
This category box is followed by another quick-filter bar where its possible to drastically filter your selection by the performers’ gender (female, male, couples, transgender), languages spoken, region of residence, features, and site ratings.
The rest of the site is occupied for a list of the models’ thumbnail images, which lead you to the various live chat rooms once clicked. Each thumbnail has a variety of information one should pay attention to when choosing a chat mate; the performer’s name is written at the very top, sided by her HD and audio capabilities; the thumbnail displays an image of her and the category of chat she is currently in; and right below it you can find the age, location, and rating of each model.
The other main pages of the site you can access from here are:
- New models – An extensive list dedicated to the newest addition to the site. Because of they are new, they do not have a rating yet, and would be placed at the very last pages of the online models on the home page. This page helps them get coverage.
- Show schedule – As the Streamate networks has various renowned porn stars performing occasionally, this calendar of activities allow members to take note of when they are performing. Hovering your mouse over a show will give you a preview of what it is about.
- Support – Very useful page in case you have questions on how the site works or problems with your account. There are links to the FAQ’s and the contact information for the customer support team.
- Member’s Login – A separate page from where members can log in.
The models and the chat experience
Because of the new management, freecamstars.com now boasts the whole network of models available on Streamate, which amount to just over 63,000. This is a huge number of registered chathosts, and because the models are streaming live from their homes from all over the world, you can expect a minimum of 600 models to choose from at any time of the day. On busy periods of time, the number of models can easily surpass the 2000 mark.
Because of the huge amount of choice, finding a model that you like is not hard. You can use the quick filters or search for one manually. Whatever the method, you will always end up with a thumbnail gallery. All you have to do is click on an image to be taken to the model’s chat room.
While choosing, make sure you look into the specifications like HD and audio capabilities. Like in all sites belonging in the Streamate network, there are three kinds of chat, which can be found on the lower part of each models’ thumbnail:
- Online now – This means the model is online and chatting with anyone. You will be able to chat with her and she will reply. You will only see the conversation between you and the model. The model alone will see what everyone is saying.
- Party chat – The model is online and chatting, but both you and the model (just as everybody else in the chatroom) can see what everyone is saying.
- Gold show – A gold show happens when a model decides to set a time limit to reach a certain monetary goal. If the goal is reached within the time limit, the model will start a private show viewable only for those who contributed in making the goal a reality. The screenshots below are an example.
Memberships and costs
While guests are free to roam and view whichever chat room they want without any time limits, signing up is free and it grants you a unique username. This makes models reply to you more, as you will no longer be listed as one of the numerous “guests”.
To unlock the whole site and earn benefits such as being able to take models into private chat session, being able to rate and email models, and being able to add specific models to your favorites and receiving alerts when they are online, you will have to purchase gold (the online currency). Buying any particular package will automatically transform you into a premium member.
Considering there are a lot of free shows, gold is usually used only to tip models to pamper them into getting more explicit in the current chat you are in. There is also the possibility of taking a model into private chat; but because of the high rates, only a few do this – most stick to gold shows and tipping during other free types of shows.
For private shows, models are free to set their own rates. They can go as for as low as $1/minute for new performers to $10 or more per minute for the world-famous porn stars.
Freecamstars is an excellent site from whichever angle I look at it. The performers are friendly and disposed to do and show a lot for both visitors and members. Premium members receive priority in chat obviously, but it is perfectly acceptable seeing as they are potential private customers.
The site is very easy to navigate and easy on the eyes. Everything loads fast, including the HD streams (and the vast majority of performers stream in HD). The sound seems to be perfectly synchronized in super busy rooms – which rarely happens elsewhere.
Not much additional content or flashy features. But who needs them when you have 60 thousand models at your disposal, who are more than willing to fulfill whatever rocks your boat?
Probably the only negative aspect is that there are so many people on the site, and during party chat or gold shows keeping track of the conversation gets impossible. Getting a reply from the models is also near-impossible when it gets that crowded. But then again, if you want personal interaction you can always take your favorite into a private one-on-one chat – where she will be only yours.
If you had doubts about visiting this site, discard them, this site is highly recommended.