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Bits & Bobs Of More Bad Phone Sex Industry News

Just a few quick points…

1) Phone Sex platform site MPS also runs mainstream sites for everything from business consulting to psychic readings — but not sex. However, I’ve discovered that these operator profiles have also been deleted during the so-called MPS 2257 maintenance purge. Why would mainstream professionals need to provide 2257 documentation or otherwise abide by such rules?

Further proof to me that this drama was not about legal adult content.

Yes, I did email MPS about that.

Of course, I’ve received no word yet.

(I also sent another email about use of logo images; still no word on that either.)

2) After seeing numerous promoted tweets from Ringhop, I was intrigued enough to investigate…

On the surface of things, it looks like Ringhop, err, Ringhop Pro, is counting on you, the “Specialist”, to do all the promotion etc. In the TOS, there’s mention of Specialists being in categories… Not sure if this means there will be a directory, of sorts, or if this is just an internal thing… But if Ringhop Specialists are expected to bring their own audiences to the service, I would consider Ringhop Pro to be like Verified Call or Pay Per Call.

While the 50% take is rather steep, I wanted to address the elephant in the room: Is adult talk & nude photo sharing, sexting, etc. allowed on Ringhop Pro?

ringhop rate limits

After that big issue was clarified, I would then proceed to some of the less than ideal terms such as being paid by check, set rate limits, administrative fees on funds in accounts, and other issues — as well as the ambiguity about categories.

ringhop pro takes 50% of calls

Despite the Ringhop website stating that phone contact was available “M-F, 9am-11pm EST” I was unable to reach anyone during those hours.

ringhop contact

Instead, each of the 10 times (over two days — yes, during the days and times specified), I was greeted by a recording, some Muzak, more recorded operator voice, more Muzak… Sometimes I was on hold like this for a few minutes; other times it was less than a minute. But in all cases, I was eventually told no one was available to take my call.

I was then instructed to contact support via email. Upon seeing a number of ignored tweets regarding the very same subject of adult businesses, I was less inclined to waste more time typing a professional email. Besides, this is a telephone communications business — I wanted to use the phone! But I was unable to reach a human being. I’d call that a huge “Fail.” (I did, actually.) And I am not feeling good about using them as a professional service, phone sex or not. Who needs to deal with another company that, frankly, sucks at communicating?

Why Your MPS Account May Suddently Not Be Active Today

Phone sex platform site My Phone Site (MPS) is at it again. And, whatever you think of their communication skills, this latest action is sure to negatively impact your phone sex &/or cam business.

At 11:18 PM (Central Time), I received a “System Feature Update” email from MPS. It was an announcement regarding performer images as they relate to 2257 compliance — which would result, for those not in compliance, in operator profiles being rest to a pause or pending status, i.e. accounts being inactive, on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Noon PST.

MPS 2257 email notice

Yes, they gave operators roughly 12 hours to comply — and, for many PSOs, eight of those 12 hours are spent sleeping.

But that’s not the worst part.

MPS 2257 emailThe email included, supposedly, additional detailed information — most of it unable to be read. (See screenshot of full email at left.)

I presume this was an issue with cut & pasting text full of characters that were not properly encoded (unicode). Whatever the reason, within a minute of receiving the email I replied to MPS stating the issue with merely reading the email. Two hours passed…

While I waited, I tried to decipher the text I could read.

I certainly believe MPS should comply with the law. And I admit I’m no legal expert. (Legal requirements here.) But some of what MPS is requiring seems unnecessary, especially in terms of profile images.

Many sites consider themselves to be a technology service, exempting them from many 2257 issues. And while the sale of photos and videos would likely need such 2257 documentation, profile images (especially as they are not allowed to be nude or explicit) are free from such things.

But then, there’s this confusing line:

The use of custodian content will not be allowed as these do not include the 2257 required documents and even if the content site you purchased them from has these documents, the company needs to have them on file.

I’m not sure if “custodian content” means purchased content… But legally purchased adult content sold for such use absolutely does come with proper 2257 documentation. But, apparently, MPS does not allow you to use such model content as they offer no place to upload it; they only offer a place to download forms for you to use if you are the person in the photos.

And then there’s this:

Each profile MUST have a real person depicted in the photo and show the entire face of the model. No faces cropped, or animated/cartoon pictures or photos with just words

Obviously, this removes me from using MPS. (And don’t think I have not considered this to be their way to rid themselves of me.) But beyond the personal concerns, it is clear that MPS is making huge changes based on more than 2257 concerns. Even if this is all terribly difficult to read, one can read between the (terribly garbled) lines and see that MPS is trying to make all operators use their own photos.

In any case, those of you who are using your own photos — and showing your faces, you now have 10 hours to get MPS your info (even if they don’t state where to send it) and hope they verify the documentation within that window as well — or you account(s) will not be active.

Actually, in rereading the email, it seems that all accounts will be set to pending on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Noon PST. And then the review process will begin. This from a company that admits it is understaffed. So, good luck.

UPDATE: Two and a half hours later, right after I published this (of course!), MPS resent the emailed announcement. This one was legible. Here’s the text:

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This email is regarding the Federal Law 18 U.S.C. Section 2257 which imposes name and age verification, recordkeeping and labeling requirements for all pictures shown on adult oriented websites.

Therefore, we are required by law to have these documents on file. A photo ID and signed model release will need to be uploaded for each character profile you have on any of our systems. If you are using your own photos, please click http://myphonesite.com/2257modelrelease.pdf to download a model release for your use.

The most effective way to ensure all active profiles are 2257 compliant will be to set the entire system of operator profiles to a pause/pending status on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Noon PST.

Our support team will then review each profile that has submitted the required documents and, if we feel these items match the model being used, the profile will then immediately be set to an active status.

Please note the following items below:

The use of custodian content will not be allowed as these do not include the 2257 required documents and even if the content site you purchased them from has these documents, the company needs to have them on file.

Each profile MUST have a real person depicted in the photo and show the entire face of the model. No faces cropped, or animated/cartoon pictures or photos with just words

There is to be NO nudity or explicit acts shown anywhere on the system. We recommend using a headshot of the model and save the nudity for store items.

The documents you upload MUST also match the following and be free of nudity: free photo galleries, paid store items, embedded images in the about me section, blog and news posts, website banners, etc. Please also do not use excessive gaudy cover-ups as they will not be approved.

If we feel the photo ID does not match the above items, the profile will not be set to active.

Each profile has a REAL NAME section at the top that is NOT visible to the public. Please make sure that the REAL legal first and last name of the provider who takes calls for that character is in this box and that they have a verified MPS bank account that matches this name.

MPS Bank – Every person who takes calls on MyPhoneSite MUST have a verified MPS bank account. We do not allow website owners to pay their providers outside of our system. If you are found to be circumventing the system, you will be terminated immediately.

These rules and the 2257 documents will be required for all profiles listed on the following websites:

MyPhoneSite.com
PhoneMoreSex.com
PhoneSexBook.com + Website Owner White Label Sites

We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Support
myphonesite.com

I did reply, asking where we were to send our 2257 documentation.

And then, 20 minute later, I sent another email, asking when we could expect accounts to be made active again, etc.

No, I won’t be holding my breath for any reply.

I hope that those of you who find yourselves suddenly laid-off in this latest MPS move aren’t going to suffer too much.

(Another) UPDATE: An hour after that, Samantha from MPS responded to some of my questions.

  1. You are allowed to use purchased model content, so long as you have the proper 2257 documentation.
  2.  You upload the information in your operator profile page, where you upload your profile image. See image:

screencapture-myphonesite-mps-profile-add-2257-doc

Also, regarding how long this should all take:

Once you upload your documents, we will review the provider accounts that have after the system goes to pause at noon pst. We will be working around the clock to review everything, so it should be less then a few hours for your account to be inactive.

But still no word on what to do if you, as I do, use a logo or non-photo image. (And I specifically mentioned that I do not sell any such images.) I will update if/when I hear anything more.

(Oh, how late I stay up just to help you!)

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An (Unfortunate) Update About Phone Sex Platform MPS (MFT Services)

This is a difficult post to write… Many of you know that I have long been a fan, even a cheerleader, for phone sex platform site MyPhoneSite (MPS); but as I feel obligated to report on realities in the phone sex industry, I must report when things have changed — including, and perhaps especially so, when they change for the worse. Here we go….

Back at the end of January (2015), I was alerted to a rate percentage change at phone sex site MPS. This alert, came not from MPS proper, but rather in the form of a blog comment.

While waiting for Angelica to reply, I searched all my email accounts for such a notice from MPS. I found none. I logged into my MPS accounts to see if there was an alert or notice there. I found none. On February 8, 2016, I sent emails to MPS owner Gary & assistant Samantha, asking about this issue.

Hello again,

Once again I am hearing rumors that MPS is either A) going under or B) changing the operator split. I’ve received no official emails about either of these things, but some girls have stated they have (especially that the split is now or is going to 50/50?!). Please advise.

Lynn

I wasn’t super hopeful (after all, they had not fully responded to several other emails of mine, resulting in unresolved issues), but I had to try.

I received no reply.

In the weeks that followed, I sent additional emails to both of them. I also left multiple voice mail messages — for each of them. I received no reply of any sort. None. Zip. Nada.

In fact, I received no comment at all from anyone from MPS until February 25, 2016, when I had left one last set of voice mails and emails stating that if they did not respond, I would be writing a post without their input.

Gary’s response was this:

Thanks for sending me an email. To answer your questions. A. MPS is not going under. Actually we are quite busy with our new phone system. B. Yes we notified our active website owners that there is a percentage change due to a new charge back policy. We didn’t send this email to you since you are an affiliate on the system.

If there is anything else, let me know.

Within minutes, I sent the following in reply:

Gary, I have a Super User account & numerous profiles, including with this very email address, and I have checked with other PSOs I know who use MPS and NONE OF US received any notice regarding the rate change. Please explain.

His reply:

We try to avoid sending announcements through the system since it sends an email to each email in the system which results in massive duplicates of emails. We sent this email to our active website owners on payroll. We see the commissions you earn as an affiliate, hence we didn’t send you the email. I will have Samantha forward the email to you. Let me know what operators didn’t get the email so I can reach out to them personally.

Thanks,
Gary

Note, there was still no confirmation of the exact percentage split.

I replied with this:

So operators who were not deemed “active” did not receive any notices?? When you log in, there is no notice either. Which means plenty of us have had our rates changed without notice of any sort. Even the rate calculator & percentage split notices are absent. Does this seem ethical to you?

Nearly 30 minutes passed & no response; our conversation had stalled. I sent this:

See, this is the problem. MPS has issues & communication breaks down when things are difficult. Given my recent issues with this pattern, there is little I can do to make those who ask me feel better about how they are treated, what they read online in rip-off reports, etc. This also includes callers who are not comfortable with MPS’s reputation & refuse to make calls with me there. I really wish we could work through an entire conversation about the issues so they could be clarified.

(More on such history here.)

The proverbial crickets chirped in the silence that followed.

But I tried again:

You leave me no choice but to run with the story presenting this situation as it is with little-to-no information from you. It’s really disappointing. To see where things once were, to where they are now… I wish you would reconsider going silent at times like these. It doesn’t help the rumors surrounding MPS, all of MFT Services, and the overall reputation.

Nearly an hour later, Gary responded:

Thank you for bringing up these issues. Due to the issues with the internal mass notification system, we chose to email individual active providers who are actively on payroll. If there are certain operators that need to be contacted, please let me know so I can do so immediately.

We are aware there are issues with support and are looking to resolve those by the end of the 1st quarter. We are looking into setting up a new proactive support system with a support team since Samantha and myself are often swamped with operating issues. If there is any other issues that need to be clarified please let me know.

From my phone, I replied:

This is a continuation of your defense of a poor situation, but is not info requested which is needed to clarify the realities for operators now.

Gary replied:

What info do you feel that is not clarified for the realities for operators? I don’t feel I am in defense when I am just providing our acknowledgement of the communication issues and our plan to resolve issues of lack of support.

I have requested Samantha to forward you the new charge-back information.

You haven’t provided the operators that need to be contacted as well, I am more then willing to reach out and communicate to the providers, but I need to know whom first.

Finally, the information from Samantha arrived. (This would be nearly three hours since Gary had stated he’d requested Samantha to send it to me; nearly 3 weeks since originally requested.) This is supposed to be an (undated) copy of what MPS sent to so-called “active” operators:

Dear Valued MPS Website Owner:

We would like to inform you of a change that will take effect next week.

The Bad News:

Due to ever increasing site-wide operational costs, the numerous customer charge-backs and the extremely high fees that go along with these charge-backs, we will be adjusting all web owner percentage rates to an even 50/50 starting on February 1, 2016.

Operational costs include such things as website hosting fees, website maintenance and upgrades, credit card processing and merchant bank fees, phone system and connection fees, and customer charge-backs and fees.

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The Good News!

When the web owner percentage rates changes on February 1, 2016, ALL calls taken from this point forward, will NOT be subject to charge-backs. This means that NO funds will be removed from ANY provider payouts ever again!

Please note that customers are able to charge-back up to 6 months of transactions. So, if a customer charges backANY calls taken BEFORE February 1, 2016, providers will still be held responsible. But, on August 1, 2016, which is 6 months after the new rate change, no provider will be held responsible for ANY customer charge-backs!

*Exception: Providers will only be held responsible for charge-backs that have resulted from provider/customer fraud*

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Please keep in mind that it does costs a great deal of money to run this entire pay-per-minute phone system and everything that goes on behind the scenes of which you are most likely not aware. Also, remember that you are working on this platform, receiving your MPS websites and own adult business at NO cost to you!

All adult-related businesses are considered high risk and there is no way to prevent customers from doing charge-backs. However, we do the best we can, but unfortunately, this is the cost of doing business in the high risk adult industry.

Warmly,

Samantha

Unhappily noting the rate change had taken effect weeks ago, I took on the task of responding to Gary’s email, collecting the specific questions I had asked (via email and telephone), which neither he nor Samantha had addressed. (Thankfully, I am a very experienced and professional PSO who takes very detailed notes on any and all phone contact I have, including the MPS voicemail messages I’d left.) This is what I sent in response:

Questions which still remain:

You mentioned a “new phone system” – what is it? And is this new system for MPS only, or the other MFT sites?

Related, do the rate percent changes affect the other sites/programs as well?

I *still* do not have proper information on these other sites. After nearly a year of stating you’d get back to me, you referred me to Samantha, who bailed on our appointment; so I have no idea about each of them or their differences. Would anyone care to actually address those? If so, reply with the following (for each site):

URL:
What is special about it, how it differs from MPS:

Are there any plans to notify operators/website owners/super users of these changes, either with an alert when they login, resuming the rate calculators, or anything at all?

I did receive the email from Samantha, thank you. But this is 3 weeks after initial inquiry. For years now you have been mentioning when communication & support issues will be resolved; clearly it is not a priority & it shows. And if I am hearing so much about this, you can bet it is costing MPS business, both on the operator & caller sides. I really, really wish this would be a priority & corrected. It was once what separated MPS from the other platforms in a positive way; now it is being discussed in terms of MPS being, and I quote, “the worst.”

This communication issue when combined with the rate change is very troubling. While the notice mentioned costs of chargebacks, hosting, etc., this is no different than what other platforms offer and they are not changing rates like this. Anything you’d like to state about that?

I have contacted the operators which have contacted me, but so far, none of them have given me permission to send you their contact info. (About half have replied, stating they are more comfortable reading when I post at my site.) If/when I receive permission, I will send you their information.

What do you think the response was?

If you guessed “Nothing,” then you are correct. There was no response.

This despite clearly articulated questions (all which would be within the parameters of either #1 being a registered PSO on their system or, #2 as someone with whom they have done official business with, including interviews, assisting MPS regarding issues with other PSOs & clients, etc.). This silence also in spite of my expressing my own frustration regarding aborted problem solving and other communication issues.

An hour later, I sent an email stating that I was still awaiting word on this.

Still no reply.

The next day, February 26, 2016, I tried one last time. I sent a “Last call” email, noting I would be making my post without any additional information or input from them if they did not respond with the info requested — an outcome they must be more than happy with as I have heard nothing from them whatsoever, and today is February 29, 2016.

To ReCap, Here’s What You Really Need To Know:

* If you are a phone sex operator, “master operator”, website owner, or “super web owner” at MyPhoneSite, your earnings have been cut. As of February 1, 2016, you only receive 50% of calls & store sales. Yes, this is true even if you never received any such email notice, no alert when you logged in, nor other notification of any type.

* If you never received any email notice of the above changes, you are likely not considered to be “active.” (I was not considered “active” in January, 2016, when the notice went out, even though as an operator I had calls at MPS in October, 2015, and had store sales in January of 2016!) This means you are not likely to receive any notices about changes in rate, policy, TOS, etc. going forward.

* Whatever you think of my communications with MPS, or even my personal communication style, it’s clear that MPS is suffering from some major communication issues — primarily that of not caring about communication with members (at least PSOs, anyway). This is a continuing negative trend as documented here. Regarding these communication issues, Gary states they “will resolve those by the end of the 1st quarter.” That would be by the end of March, 2016.

* Phone sex callers who use MPS, if you see your PSOs raising their rates, this is why. Their earnings for services provided have been cut by 10-20 percent.

* The matter of MFT’s other sites/programs dates back to May, 2014, when Gary promised an interview/update regarding all of MPS and other sites belonging to parent company MFT Services (which also has PhoneSexBook.com, PhoneMoreSex.com, and a premium white label service; there may be more, but… well, you’ll see). Roughly eight months later, Gary passed me along to Samantha. We corresponded briefly before that talk too was abandoned; it was restarted in July of 2015, culminating in scheduling an appointment for a telephone conference/meeting which Samantha simply bailed on. Neither she nor Gary expressed any interest in contacting me “when things settle down and you have a working system, can keep appointments, maintain communications, etc.” Which is likely a sign bunch of signs unto themselves.

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Today’s Phone Safety Sex Tip: Improper Use Of Photos & Files

We’ve discussed images and PSO safety before, purchased content or not, but some recent events have prompted me to mention them again.

Several times in the past few weeks, a specific issue been brought to my attention by several individual phone sex callers who have noted that the file name of the photo a phone sex operator provided was did not have the same name as the phone sex operator. This was noted both in promotional photos used in PSO profiles and listings as well as in photos they purchased from PSOs. This can happen “honestly” when a PSO uses her own photos and forgets to rename the files with her PSO character name, or when she purchases legal content and doesn’t properly rename the files with her PSO character name. It can also happen in a similar fashion when a PSO dishonestly, illegally, takes images from the web. And it can happen with other files, such as word documents, audio and video files etc. used in pay to view items. In all cases, however, such a little thing as a misnamed file can damage the veil of fantasy.

Not taking the time to properly name a file is a little thing, but it can do a lot of damage. Not only to callers’ fantasies, but in terms of your marketing too. Improperly named files present a marketing leak . An image with the wrong name may mean a caller might forget your real name and not be able to find you. Images associated with with the wrong name shared in forums etc., may prevent potential callers from finding you too. But the worst problem is that of your own safety. Folks can try to use the file name to find find out where the file came from and find the real you.

So take the time to review your file names and, if necessary, rename them and replace/re-upload them.

On a related note, I’ve just released my latest pay to view item to help phone sex operators regarding the dangers lurking in digital files. Flirts, you can purchase it on NiteFlirt here; MPS girls, get it here. It would be wise, and most efficient, to know this before you go about editing and/or renaming those photographs.

MPS Chat Update

UPDATE: As of right now, MPS paid chat is back up and working. All you need to do to activate chat is click the yellow “open chat window” link and set the chat status. Remember: You may need to clear cookies in order to see the new chat system. (Info below will be saved in case you find any errors in the future.)

As some of you have reported, there have been some problems with the chat or instant message system at MPS. I spoke with MPS owner Gary about the problem, and he said there were a few glitches they wanted to perfect with the new paid messaging system, so they rolled back to the old version about two weeks ago. That means there still is chat at MPS; it’s just not the new paid chat.

Gary said that the new paid chat or instant message version will be back up this weekend, possibly as early as this evening. (He also discussed — teased! — about a few other great features to arrive at MPS in the next few weeks!) I will update you as more information comes in.

Meanwhile, you can still use MPS chat; you just need to login to chat the “old” way, by first toggling or putting a check in the box for the “Chat Availability” (for each PSO) and then clicking the yellow “Open Chat Window” link.

mps old chat screen help

 

It’s Here! MPS Paid Dirty Chat!

As many of you know, I have been soooo looking forward to My Phone Site aka MPS delivering on their promise of a paid chat or instant messaging feature for phone sex operators. (Chat has always been incredibly popular with many of my regular phone sex clients and I’ve been dying for a phone sex platform site to start this very thing!) Well, the new pay to chat feature debuted at MPS this weekend. The system was checked for bugs and has now officially launched!

Among the awesome features:

Feature: The ability to charge for your time in chat. This is done by setting chat “locks”. Setting a lock involves toggling a lock icon, setting a dollar amount, typing a note regarding what the lock is for (it can be as simple as “Chat Lock Fee” or “Please pay to chat with me”), and clicking the “lock chat” button.

mps chat lock

Once this lock is set, the client cannot chat with you until the lock fee is paid. The MPS system keeps the chat lock request alive for 30 minutes, giving the client plenty of time to make up their mind and make their payment (but that means you must keep your chat window open in order not to miss the locked chat payment and begin messaging.)

Bonus: You are allowed to lock your chats, i.e make clients pay, as often as you’d like. (Financial domination, anyone?)

Feature: The ability to make money by receiving customer “gifts.” Like many social network sites which allow members to send one another little icon gifts, MPS chat allows clients to send you a little digital something — and, if the gift costs the client money, you get it!

Below are screenshots of what the clients see. In the first one, the red arrow points to the send gift button. Next, when the send gift button is clicked, a list of choices pops up. Then, when a gift is selected, clients see what (if anything) it costs to send and has the opportunity to send a note with the gift before committing to sending the gift.

mps chat gifts

gifts for chat

paid chat gift

Feature: The ability to temporarily block users. You have the ability to block MPS users for 30 minutes. This is especially handy if you have the same bozo relentlessly bothering you.

How It Works For Chat Operators:

Turning on chat is easy. Just login into your MPS website owner control panel and click the “open chat window” in the upper right hand corner. (“Open chat window” is in yellow, so you can’t miss it.)

A window will pop up, allowing you to activate chat by clicking “set online”. Shown here are both my Phone Sex Secrets listings; one for consults, the other for sex chat. You can also activate and deactivate all operators using the “action” drop-down option at the very top right.

mps pso chat window

Once you have logged into chat, you must keep that window open in order to receive, accept, lock, chat requests. (You needn’t keep the window visible, on top of all other windows and/or tabs, at all times — there is an audio alert to let you know you have a chat request.)

Your operator’s chat status, “offline” or “click to chat” buttons, will show under your operator’s image just like the “call” or “send message” buttons do — including in the MPS directory.

call phone sex secrets at mps chat message

Complete details are in this MPS video. (Running time approximately 5 minutes.)

MyPhoneSite.com Chat Video from Mps Sevices on Vimeo.

How It Works For Clients:

Simply click the “click to chat” button and your request will be sent. (If you do not have an MPS account, you will need to follow the prompts to set one up.)

This chat feature means more fun for everyone!

This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. *wink*

And MPS notes that more features are still to come:

This is version 1.0 and we will continue to upgrade the system as we move forward. Version 1.1 will include chat button code, a batch chat percentage feature (to change operator’s percentage by bulk), and a chat buddy list.

So stay tuned!

MPS Store Changes

Over the weekend, one of my phone sex operators tried to add an item to her store at MyPhoneSite. The item for sale was her email address, for direct scheduling of appointments and the like. And it was upon creation of this store item that I discovered some changes at MPS.

First, the new store item did not go live on the site. Instead, it was marked “review” — which was news to me! — and only was visible from the operator side of things. Figuring I was, once again, just on the cutting edge of another policy change, I didn’t think much of this new step and just decided to wait it out. But then, just a few days later, I logged in to my MPS account and discovered that the newly created store item was not there at all. As there were no email notices sent during any part of the process, I was a bit concerned. Had the store item not passed review? (And if so, for what reason?) Or had it just become a casualty of site upgrades/changes? So I contacted MPS customer service to help me understand what was going on.

As always, MPS customer service gave me the information I needed.

The item I had tried to list in the store had not just disappeared; it had not met the new MPS store policy guidelines.

This means that we are no longer allowed to sell our email addresses to clients. Which is more than a bit disappointing, as email contact is often faster — both for those of us with multiple phone sex operator accounts and for callers who are using their mobile phones to quickly and privately schedule a call. (Not to mention, the purchasing of an email address quite often is the mark of a good phone sex client, for the purchase usually means they are serious about continuing to pay for your services and are not going to attempt to harass you for free email exchanges, etc.)

While this loss in efficiency (and client screening) is, like the recent loss of selling tangible items at MPS, admittedly painful, there is good news. Or at least good news is on the horizon.

As usual, MPS is continuing to work on issues like these. This includes trying to find or create other payment options while maintaining the requirements of merchant accounts (and so those of credit cards and payment processing companies) and the privacy of both the PSOs and the callers. While resolving these issues will take some time, it was clear from this conversation with Gary (as with those in the past), that great things will continue to come at MPS. More details to come as I am allowed to share them.

What’s Coming To Phone Sex? The Exclusive MPS Interview!

Those of you using MPS know there are always things going on at the MyPhoneSite phone sex platform. That’s why I’m so thrilled that Gary, the owner of the site, has finally been able to participate in an interview!

Hi, Gary, and welcome! Will you please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background?

I was born in Florida where I spent much of my life. I graduated there with a Bachelor degree in computer science and started my career as a network analyst in Orlando. The job sucked.. 9 hours stuffed into a tiny cubicle and a 2 hour commute through hellish I-408 traffic. It was 20 miles from my apartment to the job but took an hour. On the side I did some freelance work and business was picking up. Eventually I was able to go into business myself full time and work from home.

When & why did you start MPS?

I put together a small team consisting of myself and 3 other developers. We worked on a lot of projects and became very successful at building social networks. This was during the time that most online commerce was moving from static sites to interactivity (Myspace, Facebook, etc). I had the idea to provide a social network style site that gave people the option of connecting via phone, and MPS slowly became a reality.

It wasn’t an overnight idea. I just wanted to find a way to use social networking style modules to generate income on a pay per minute basis, while at the same time giving people the option to create their own site. There are a lot of very creative people that have an entrepreneur spirit, but lack the resources to get started. So I wanted to tap into that market. Interactivity via phone made sense as everything is moving toward mobile. This can then be enhanced to include text messages and much more.

I’m glad you brought that up. I’m dying to know when the paid chat and SMS texting will start.

The paid chat system needs to be well thought out to provide plenty of room for growth. It is also a joint venture with another company so this collaboration requires a bit of team work. We planned on having this finished a long time ago, but as we added new features on MPS we realized that the paid chat system needs to be designed to work with the new features. So we had to delay it while we finish the basic groundwork.

Here’s an example: We are currently developing an ‘all-in-one’ status management system for MPS. This means that soon you will be able to import every operator account you work based on the phone number the account is linked to, regardless of what site that account is on. You will then be able to set the status of all accounts instantly with one click or automate the status (if you receive a call on one characters all other characters show ‘x’). However as we started to develop this we decided to add additional features; like add notes for each customer and receive incoming call alerts.

Our current chat system is ok, but if you work multiple sites it is very hard to chat as multiple characters (unless you open multiple browsers). So we are integrating the new PPM chat system with the ‘all-in-one’ status management system. This means you will be able to open one browser window and chat as every character regardless of what site they are on. If you are chatting as multiple characters and one becomes a paid chat then all other chats will show ‘in private chat’ and you will only see the paid chat. Once your paid chat is over all chat windows will show the character(s) as available again. PPM chats can also be upgraded to PPM calls. But there’s a lot that goes into this and we have to move slowly to make sure it is done correctly. *We are also changing the pop-up call dial pads into the chat window. This means that from the customer’s perspective they will see a chat icon option under your character’s image. If they click on this it will open the dial pad but it will be for live chat. This way if they upgrade to a live call it’s all right there.

There are many other features we are adding to this and we are on course to have this completed this summer.

What are some of the other features you have planned for MPS?

Our pay per SMS will also be built into the status management system so operators can reply to text messages. They will be able to do this over the phone or online through the status management. We are also changing the current ‘book session’ feature on the call buttons. Soon when your characters are offline the customer will have the option to receive an text message once you sign back on. The operator will also receive a text when the customer(s) request this option. There are tons of features we are working on as we are always trying to improve the platform.

Your dedication to improving the platform — and your great customer service with the PSOs — is why I love MPS. Did NiteFlirt and it’s set backs after AT&T purchased Keen have anything to do with settling in on phone sex for your social network? Have you learned anything from NiteFlirt?

NiteFlirt was not part of the decision at all. In fact I did not set MPS up as an adult platform. I just created the infrastructure and let the market decide where it goes.

I appreciate your compliments on the platform. There are some areas for improvement and you will see these areas being addressed as we move forward.

Among the future features, will we be able to better customize our MPS sites and pages?

The templates are very basic and do not give much room for creativity, I know. But we had to have a simple option that basically allowed people to just click on what style they wanted. An advanced option is coming that will allow the web owner to control the header, layout, footer and even CSS. We are developing this in a way that the template will be saved so if the web owner screws things up she can easily go back to the default. It’s a feature that has been requested for some time now and its way overdue. I will do my best to have this available by the summer as well (around July).

Rumor has it that MPS is considering going into the model content business… Is that true?

It’s amazing how fast this stuff gets around.

Well, we phone sex operators are a chatty bunch. *wink*

The answer is, “No and yes.” MPS is not going into the model content business. However we have several contacts with agencies in Europe and there is an opportunity to work with them to create custom image sets and videos. This idea came about as part of our review because there is a real deficit in original model content. So we are setting up a separate business that will handle model content specifically for MPS providers. This means you will be able to log into the site (it will be on a different domain), and view the available models. But this will be different then any normal model content site.

For example you will see results from recent castings and be able to hire models and provide the modeling script (poses, etc). The work will all be custom and exclusive. The contacts we have are able to find ‘real’ people as models and not over glamorized fake looking models. Also all images will be protected. If someone steals the images from you we will be able to track exactly where they are and issue a DMCA. This is all still being put together but most of the work has already been done. An update will be available in a couple weeks.

I’d like to thank Gary for making the time to finish this interview after such a big project as the site-wide reviews.
And I have to say, it sure is nice to have a phone sex platform company that understands the needs of the business — after all, if we PSOs are making money, so is the platform company!

 

2/29/2016 update here!

A New & Reliable Phone Sex Platform Site For Independents

I’ve spent the last few months playing with the latest phone sex platform, which seems not only trustworthy, but bankable: My Phone Site. In fact, I’ve found the site so nice that I’ve moved a number of my PSO consultation clients and phone sex fantasy callers there.

Like the others, this platform takes the typical 30%. Clients may, connect via the web, and be a member, or just dial using the PSOs extention.

The primary differences to this new phone sex site, are as follows:

* There are no taboos. This means you can talk about what you want, how you want — as long as you keep the laws of your local community in mind.

* There are no limits to what you can sell. This means you can sell your time, via phone, as well as offer digital sales via messages, as per NiteFlirt & TalkSugar — but you can also sell other add-ons the other sites do not allow, such as blocks of time in chat as well as tangible or non-digital items that you physically ship, such as photos, panties, etc. This allows you to greatly expand your independent phone sex business as you wish.

* There is an affiliate program. Which means you can promote your own business and make a little extra money as well as make money off promoting other PSOs, especially during times you are not available.

* More options for promotion. You get a free subdomain (with the option to use your own domain, if you’ve bought one), which means you can retain more of your own clients. Albeit this means more direct promotion on your own, but there aren’t any limits on the links out that you have. (I.E. You can have a links page to a main blog which does not need to be approved for content by the platform site.)  UPDATE Here. Plus, there are other options too. You may join the phone sex top list, post your own blogs, etc. for free. And, should you wish to invest in it, you may opt to pay for additional marketing services.

* The option to hire your own PSOs. As the website owner, you can allow others to join you in your phone sex business — including setting the operator’s per minute rate and percentage rate. (Example: you may decide to allow an operator to work on your website, and set the operator’s per minute rate to $2.00/minute and percentage to 50%. This would mean that the operator keeps 50% of all call transactions, and you would keep the remaining 20%.) Remember, in exchange, you take responsibility for marketing the site, assisting the PSOs, etc.

* There are no limits to the number of sites or personalities you have. In the beginning, there may be a limit — until MyPhoneSite believes you will keep up with your site. But keep up with your business and you won’t be limited to the number of times a telephone number or credit card is used to register. Those of you with multiple phone sex personalities can even have them on the same site and manage them all with one group login.

* More features? There are semi-regular newsletters and updates for MyPhoneSite website owners, which is rather refreshing and inspiring in this industry.

PS All of this is also available for non-adult phone services such as fortune tellers, mainstream consultants, etc. as well.

UPDATE 2/29/2016: Please read this update!