Plenty of fish
Plenty of fish.com claims to be a 100 percent free service and allows you to browse through members' profiles, view photos, check out how long a member has been registered and how many others have marked him or her down as a favourite - all without registering. Once you register you can upload your own photos, create a detailed profile, rate other people's photos, and contact other members. You can also check out who is live online and chat with them. The service has thousands of members across North America and Europe.
American Singles isn't really a free online dating service if you want to have access to its full facilities. However, it has millions of members in the United States and Canada and is one of the leading online dating services. Although you can search and post profiles for free you have to pay to be able to communicate with other members and use the online chat room or instant messaging service. Typical costs for full service facilities are about $25 per month.
Date.com is similar to American Singles in that it charges $25 a month for full service access. Although you can upload a photo and profile for free and search its database, contact with other members will cost you. Date.com is extremely popular though, with approximately two million members worldwide and 250,000 new members signing up each week. The site also offers a comprehensive webzine with dating tips and advice.
Loveaccess.com gives free full-access special offers for limited time periods if you sign up at particular times. To avail of the offer you need to watch the site and wait for the right time. Otherwise expect to pay for anything other than uploading photos or creating a profile. The site has advanced search features, instant messaging and an alert service to tell you when mates who match your profile register or are online.
When choosing a free online dating site check their terms in detail, any service that isn't advertised as being free is likely to have a cost attached to it - even if it's incredibly difficult to find out what the cost is. Register, find a mate and they'll tell you just as soon as you want to make that connection.