Number of Web Cam Hosts
LiveCamGuru.com is a fairly new site and when I visited it when it was first launched, the number of live chat rooms was a bit disappointing. Things have certainly improved since that day because now you can find at least 200 chat rooms available online, even if you log on at not-so-busy times. Peak hours will feature even 300 or more hosts, which is a nice enough selection in all accounts. The quality of shows here varies quite a lot, but there are enough live webcams to ensure that you will find the right one.
I have always been a fan of free webcam sites. What's not to like? And no, I don't mean those "free to sign up and pay for everything else" sites. On LiveCamGuru.com all public shows are free and you can watch for as long as you like even before you sign up. Tipping is of course advisable. You can sit back and hope that other users will tip, but then you will have no saying whatsoever in what will happen on the show. There are also private chats that obviously cost a bit, but I they start at 6 tokens per minute. The price you pay for each token depends on the package you choose, but 6 tokens can mean less than 0.50 per minute. The site also allows users to earn tokens by broadcasting their own web camera feeds.Credit on LiveCamGuru.com
As mentioned above, LiveCamGuru is totally free, but if you're n the mood for some private chatting, you will need to get some credits which are called here Tokens. The following packages are currently on offer (notice that purchasing the bigger packages is extremely worthwhile on this site):
- 100 tokens for $10.99
- 200 tokens for $20.99
- 500 tokens for $44.99 (notice: This is the best offer)
If the daily spending limit doesn't tickle your belly, you can easily increase it and get 200 tokens as a gift. This requires that you feel an authorization form. Nothing too complicated. Once you are authorized you can purchase the following packages for an even bigger discount:
- 750 tokens for $62.99
- 1000 tokens for $79.99
- 2025 tokens for $159.99
All of the following payment methods are warmly accepted on LiveCamGuru.com:
- Credit Card
- DIRECT ebanking
- Direct Debit
- Wire Transfer
Top PromotionsEarn tokens by broadcasting:
- Get lots of tokens for every friend you bring to the site (even more if they broadcast)
- Totally free chats with no limitations
Types of Memberships and Benefits
Types of Memberships and Benefits
As a visitor AKA unregistered guest, you can participate in all of the public chats on LiveCamGuru.com but you won't be able to tip and a s a result, you won’t get much attention. If you do choose to join the site there are 2 types of memberships and I will list their details below.Standard Membership
This free membership is actually pretty awesome and I think that for most of my reade4rs it will be quite sufficient with no need for an upgrade.Cost to Join: Free.
Information Required: User name, email, Password.
- Unlimited Access to free public shows
- Text chat
- Browse members’ galleries when available
- Use basic videochat features
- Broadcast your own feed, if you want, and get paid
- Use the member message boards
Yes, I know, it's a bit of a strange mane for an upgraded membership, but LiveCamGuru obviously doesn’t want to imply that it has any paid membership so it calls this option "becoming a supporter". Nevertheless, an upgrade is exactly what it is and it buys you access to advanced features and benefits.
Cost to join: $19.95 per month
Information required: CC number, but only if you've never purchased tokens before.
All those given to standard members PLUS:
- Receive 200 tokens for FREE ($20.99 value)
- Remove all ads
- Watch shows on full screen
- Send private messages
Most of the webcam hosts allow users to join their fan club with include some nice benefits. As a fan you can send private messages to the host, even if you are not a supporter, you can access any locked videos and photos and get highlighted in the public chat room, so everyone knows you're a fan. Cost is between $5.99 and $$20.99 per month and that's quite a difference. The price isn’t high of course, but it doesn’t buy you any incredible extras so I would recommend you only join Fan Clubs of hosts you are really devoted to and only if you’re into galleries and videos.
LiveCamGurur.com isn’t big on special features, but you will find all the basic ones ready and set. Nothing here is out of the ordinary, but nothing is missing and you can enjoy Cam2Cam, audio, etc. I will mention a few features which are a bit out of the ordinary, but these are mostly user features for general enjoyment on the site and not video chat tools.User Features
- Message Board – If you like to socialize, this si the place to get it done
- Blogs – Yep, reading again, but the webcam hosts certainly put effort into the writing and the posts are usually very entertaining.
- Watch several chat rooms simultaneously
- See how many people are sharing your live chat room
- Find out who else is watching the same show
I won't even list the information available on the profile pages at LiveCamGuru.com because there is so little of it. The profile pages are created by the host, which does give them a nice amateur-like appeal, but the problem is that too many of them are not just half empty, but also dull. Very often you will find no useful information, but they do have links to everything you need such as the host's fan club, bio and some other basic details.
Fill in an online form and the Customer Support people will get back to you. That's really the only way you have for contacting them.
If you click on the Customer Support link at the bottom of the Home Page you will be shipped off to a page that has some answers to some basic questions. We're talking real basic here, so don't get your hopes up, but the answers are surprisingly detailed, so check them out before you start emailing the site.
LiveCamGuru.com is available in no less than 13 languages, which is very impressive for such a new site. Just click on the links at the bottom of the Home Page and the site will transform before your eyes.
Pros and Cons of LiveCamGuru.com
LiveCamGuru.com has prices that make even cheap sites look expensive. The number of live webcams is now satisfactory and the fact that users can actually watch the public shows for free is a huge plus. The atmosphere on the site is very much party-like and it's obvious that members are enjoying themselves online.
While I do like the prices (who wouldn't?) the token system is a bit confusing. It is impossible to figure out how much you are actually paying because the price of a token changes so drastically.
When all is said and done LiveCamGuru is one of the very few webcam chat arenas that let users watch shows for free and if you don't mind sharing attention, you are in for a real treat. Even if you do decide to join a private show, the price is on the low side and all in all I think that for what you pay, this site gives you a lot.