pidey

Jan 26, 2013

Hey, I want to try out the Crazyblinddate feature, I think it's a great idea.  However, alas, I have a slight problem.  I do not have a smartphone, and could not sign up.  Thus to get around said restriction, I simply used a smartphone emulator on my computer, and signed up through there.

I have two questions.

 

1.) Is the app used for anything ASIDE from verifying that I'm a real person?

2.) WHY is it required to have a smartphone to sign up?  I can understand verifying identity through an SMS message, that is reasonable.



Also, now when I attempt to view my current dates, I simply get an error stating "Oops! Something went wrong It’s nothing you did. It’s us.
Please try again later."

Normally, I'd just give up at this point, and consider the whole crazyblinddate thing to be garbage, but what I'm concerned about, is that I might potentially stand someone up, and I know from experience that having that happen is a real downer, so I want to do my damndest to make sure that doesn't happen.

 

DiscoJer

Jan 26, 2013

I dunno, my guess is that it's aimed at rich people, since they are more likely to give OKCupid some money.

-Halohydrin-

Jan 26, 2013

They probably want to track your location.

sfguyyy

Jan 27, 2013

 

1.) Is the app used for anything ASIDE from verifying that I'm a real person?

 

Yes, it uses the location services to determine who to present to you and to select which local venues to display for setting up date proposals, and it has a chat feature that is used after a date is confirmed to allow you to get to know the person a bit and coordinate how you will meet. (Without requiring anyone to provide the other person with personal details until they are ready to do so - key feature IMHO, if the person doesn't appeal to you.)

 

 
2.) WHY is it required to have a smartphone to sign up? I can understand verifying identity through an SMS message, that is reasonable.

 

Actually you can use any Android or iOS device with an internet connection. Identity can be verified either through SMS or also by something that has something to do with simultaneously opening the website or regular OkCupid app. (I'm a little fuzzy on the details there)

One possible reason why you are getting the errors you are getting is that emulators often do not "perfectly" emulate the thing they claim to emulate. I would guess in this case that may have something to do with the lack of any sort of geographic location provider (GPS, cellular-tower or Wi-Fi based) within the emulator.

If you're worried about standing up a date, keep in mind that you can still use the regular website to view/delete your configured dates or browse for date proposals by others. You just can't follow through entirely with the confirmation procedure without using the iOS or Android app. (Or use the chat function)

 

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