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What Do I Think Of Phone Sex Platform TalkToMe?

I am often solicited to join other phone sex platform sites — if only just to try it out & review them here at Phone Sex Secrets. But why would I create an account, market myself etc., just to get a few callers to review the platform service? That’s a lot of work for a woman who is busy juggling phone sex with callers on other platforms (NF & MPS) and consulting with PSOs too. Usually these platform sites offer nothing new; and a number of them have come and gone already anyway. So what’s the point?

But since I mentioned the unethical TalkToMe (TTM) promo, I was asked a few questions about TTM — most of which I could not answer because I did not join the phone sex platform. That sparked questions about why I didn’t join the site. Seeing as this might just be helpful, both to phone sex operators in terms of evaluating companies and those developing platforms themselves, I thought I would discuss what I found when I went to visit TTM. So here’s my review of TTM as a potential “Talker”.

From the perspective of a prospective phone sex operator, the biggest problem with TTM is that the site does not clearly state their terms. There’s not even a simple page listing the percentage they take. At least there isn’t any info provided before you sign up; and why would I sign up for the unknown?

If you spend some time scouring for the Talker’s FAQ (and it does take some time to find it; you have to use search engines, not find it on the site), you’ll see that there are lots of caps and limits on what you can charge.

Per minute rate is:

The maximum you can charge for a minute is $2.99.

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However, if you search on the site, you have an option for “highest priced” — and that shows you that you can charge more than $2.99.

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So which is it? Is there some sort of preferential treatment? I guess that’s what they meant when they said, “If you have an argument to charge more, please do so via email and we will review and if approved increase your rate.” What is a preferred “argument”? Or maybe TTM just can’t keep up with their own policy changes. In any case, it just does not inspire confidence.

Webchat rates:

All webchats are 25 cents for each message sent by the caller.

Does that mean you don’t get paid if you send a message back?

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Rates For Messages (which seems to cover Pay Per Views aka Pay To Views aka Store Items)

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You can charge a maximum of $2.00 for a message without any attachments. A message with attachments have a maximum of $5.00 per attachment.

Poor grammar aside, I don’t like the limits. Especially when the limits seem to think typed words have less value than recorded voices or images or whatever attachments are allowed. And I have no idea how many attachments are allowed per message. At least not at this point; I suppose I could continue to search and search… But if I have to work this hard, well, no thanks.

How much do you get paid?

Whatever the rates you can charge for TTM services, it’s still murky as to what percentage a PSO gets. As best as I can ascertain it is 50%. That’s based on this bit from the TTM FAQ regarding Direct Connect calls (which is apparently like dispatch calls, and participation is optional). Direct Connect rates are 99 cents per minute, and Talkers get 50 cents of that. But I still wasn’t sure if that “normal commission” rate meant half of the per minute rate, or if you just made 50 cents no matter what the per minute rate was…

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In further reading, I found more about Direct Connect calls.

You will receive your normal commission off of these 99 cent per minute calls ($0.50/min)

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(There too you find out about other programs, such as working for free on Talk-Chat lines. I suppose you can see this as a form of trolling; but I’m not a fan of talking for free. And not to someone calling a free chat line. They rarely cough-up the money to pay per minute.)

A few TTM Talkers have mentioned a 50-50 split before, so I’m guessing that’s true. At least for calls. But… Well, that’s not good enough. And I don’t just mean the split — I mean it’s not good enough for me to have to figure all this out for myself. Why can’t TTM just provide all that information up front?

Other things

The site plasters a 1-800 number for support; but all you’ll find there is a recording promising live help will arrive one day. Meanwhile, leave a message with your phone number and someone will get back to you. If you want anonymity, use the site’s contact form and keep your fingers crossed.

Also, when you are on the main page, category pages, etc., you are not able to right-click and open a profile or listing in a new tab or window — that makes for a lot of back & forth when searching. Not a cool idea of potential callers.

TalkToMe’s Unfair & Unethical Attack On NiteFlirt

Clearly trying to capitalize on NiteFlirt’s latest policy announcement , TalkToMe (TTM) sent an email alert of their own members, or at least to their PSOs (called “Talkers”), entitled Your Voice, Your Choice!

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[Normally, I modify the font — but since they sent their email in comic sans (which is a much mocked and even hated font), I kinda felt like I needed to preserve it!]

Talkers, no one has the right to tell you how to make your money — not your phone company, not your customers and certainly not your billing & marketing service.

Adult Entertainment websites banning their “Flirts” from listing multiple links on their own personal websites and social media is UNFAIR and UNETHICAL. If these companies truly wanted their agents to succeed, they’d recognize every Talent’s right to promote themselves as they wish, and support their freedom to engage fully in social media. Companies who try to prohibit things like this are afraid of competition. We are not.  We believe in our site and our service. 

TalkToMe.com welcomes all Talkers, from every competing platform. Please try us and compare us! With over 20 solid years of experience in Adult Entertainment, we created our website with YOU in mind. We truly believe it is the best way to earn money talking on the phone — and we continue to customize our features according to Talker needs and preferences.

TalkToMe.com would NEVER ban our Talkers for listing with multiple companies, nor for promoting more than one listing in your personal accounts. To the competition, we say:  Bring it on!

For years now, there’s only been one decent option for independent Talkers — that’s never been good for an industry.  Whether it’s automobiles, airlines, or long distance service, giving consumers a choice has always led to better prices & better product. We’re confident we’ve created the next level in virtual, interactive Adult Entertainment (plus fantastic customer service), and we’re thrilled to welcome you to our adventure!

Don’t worry, we won’t try to tell you what you can & can’t put on your personal social media (we’re too busy integrating over a million high-traffic phone lines to spy on you anyway). Remember:  You deserve to make the most money possible, period. No matter how much traffic a company sends you, they have no right to mess with your ability to fill downtime.

Thank you being a TalkToMe.com Talker, we appreciate your efforts and wish you the best luck and the highest earnings no matter what website you’re on.

May the best platform win!

It’s fair — and often a great idea — to capitalize on a competitor’s weakness or exploit a competitor’s perceived weakness. But if you travel that path, you also expose yourself to risks. In other  words, you’d better do it right. And TTM did it wrong. All wrong.

Aside from reading more like a sales pitch to join TTM rather than an update for members, there are even bigger problems with this message. Let’s deal with the misleading and downright false information first.

False Statements TTM Makes About NF:

1) NiteFlirt is not “banning their ‘Flirts’ from listing multiple links on their own personal websites and social media.” Their policy is about links from NF’s site, phone sex operator profiles and listings, to personal websites and social media accounts. Lots of websites, phone sex platform sites included, have similar policies to prevent traffic leaks (as well as passing along SEO & PR juice) to competing companies.

2) TTM’s claim that NF is prohibiting PSOs from “listing with multiple companies” and “promoting more than one listing” is equally untrue. Even if NF wished for that, they have no control over such things. But they can, and are, taking steps to protect their members from leaving NF and taking their money to other companies.

3) NF is not trying to “tell you what you can & can’t put on your personal social media”; NF is merely stating their terms for what can & cannot be linked from their own site.

But there are even more problems with TTM’s email.

Along with misrepresenting their competitor’s weakness, TTM is also misrepresenting their own policies.

Facts About TTM’s Policies:

1) According to TTM’s own Talker Policy, “You will not use any banner advertisements or “pop up” windows or create or include links to sites which involve e-commerce, marketing, solicitation or sale of any items of any kind, whether related to or outside the scope of your Talker listing.”

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How many PSO websites, social profiles, blogs, etc., refrain from solicitation or marketing? Isn’t that rather the overall point of them? And even if you employ a very soft touch form of marketing, how many of us review and link to sex toys that are for sale — that’s ecommerce. And so are listings for competing sites and services.

Doesn’t it then seem rather appalling for TTM to say that “no one has the right to tell you how to make your money”?.

2) TTM’s policy also states that Talkers “will not place any link or other contact information on our Site to facilitate communication outside of our Site.”

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Any decent website or blog has a means of contact — be it a form or an email address listed. And any social media account has private chats, direct messaging, and the like. That’s the whole point of social media: To. Be. Social. To communicate. So, according to TTM’s own policy, Talkers may not link to their own social media accounts and personal websites.

So much for TTM recognizing “every Talent’s right to promote themselves as they wish, and support their freedom to engage fully in social media,” right?

3) The above rules, and many others, are all placed beneath TTM’s primary policy for their PSOs:

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1. In addition to the Terms and Conditions, you agree to comply with the following requirements in your use of our Site.
Without limiting any other remedies TalkToMe.com may have, TalkToMe.com may, in its sole discretion for any reason or for no reason and without notice, immediately modify or terminate your access to, membership in and use of the Site especially if you have violated any of the following requirements each of which you must agree to as a condition to your use of our Site

That means that breaking any of the other linking rules means you are in danger of being tossed or banned from the TTM platform.

Since TTM opted to not only use the words “unfair” and “unethical” but to type them in all caps too, it seems only fair and ethical to call them on their flagrant misrepresentation of NF’s policies and the denial of their own prohibiting policies.

And I have to ask them, “Just who is prohibiting things out of fear of the competition now?”