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Tinder wants your money, but these 20 free dating apps are just as good

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Tinder just got a whole lot more expensive, especially if you're over 30

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Tinder has been testing a new product for months and now it's been released. But if you're over 30, it's a whole more expensive to use.

The new product is called Tinder Plus and it allows users to undo accidental left swipes and also search for people outside of their geolocation.

With the new added flexibility comes a price tag, though, but that price depends on what side of 30 you're on. If you're in your 20s, then you'll have to fork out $9.99 per month to access the new version. But if you're 30 or over, well get out your wallets because it'll set you back $19.99.

Tinder reasons that 20-somethings are less likely to dish out their cash, because, well, they don't have any, while 30-somethings are likely to be more established in their lives and their careers and have a higher disposable income.

Doesn't it sound like Tinder is trying to sift out the ancient 30-somethings from the group? Like they're expected to steer clear and take their affinity for '90s music and Kevin Smith movies elsewhere?

Well, Tinder can keep their 20-year-old, cashless candidates. These dating apps are just as good and they're free.

Happn

Much the same as Tinder, Happn connects you with people in your area, showing matches within just 250 metres from you. You had better hope you and your perfect match just happen to be at the same place at the same time.

Hinge

Said to be the more stylish and elegant version of Tinder, Hinge only connects you with people in your extended friendship circle — like friends of your friends.

HowAboutWe

The first rule of online dating is to meet before you start developing a connection with the person on the other side of the screen. You might not have any chemistry once you meet and that's just awkward if you've already developed feelings. The great thing about HowAboutWe is that it encourages quick meet-ups by asking users to post dating ideas and to connect in person rather than connecting by text.

Bumble

With Bumble, ladies, the ball is in your court. "Run by ladies", the dating app doesn't allow men to send the first message, meaning women can open the flow of communication only if and when they want to, reducing the chance of getting unwanted messages. For same-sex relationships, though, people can message anyone they like.

Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish is one of the biggest dating sites in the world and it is in app form, too. With over 55 million people signed up to the site, there's bound to be a love match for you there.

Down

Down sells itself as the "secret way to get down with friends and people nearby". You can discreetly choose hot Facebook friends and hope that they select you, too. If they do, only then will they know you're into them.

Are You Interested?

Are You Interested? makes dating life so easy. Not only do they find local matches for you, they also have single lady chat rooms and offer date night ideas specific to your area.

Tingle

Tingle is the kind of app you'd use while out and about. So postmodern. Instead of, I don't know, talking to people in a bar, you just log in to your Tingle app and see if any of the users are around. You can message each other via the app and then organise to meet up if you wish.

Skout

The dating app for travellers, Skout works in more than 100 countries. Just search the app for nearby candidates and get chatting. You just might find a travel partner or a holiday romance.

RSVP

RSVP is one of Australia's largest dating sites. But while it's free to sign up, you're going to have to hand over some cash to send and receive emails with your prospective candidates.

Grindr

This is one for the men and women of the LGBTI community. There are more than 7 million people on Grindr, so get on it; there's bound to be someone there for you.

Tease

Tease is a small dating app run "by a couple of guys in a really small office in Perth". The website is easy to navigate and has been absolutely free since 2005.

Meet Me

Not just a dating app, Meet Me gives people the opportunity to catch up with new and existing friends in the area. Catch up with someone new for a coffee — it might be nothing more than friendly conversation or it might be something more.

OkCupid

There's no fuss with OkCupid; it gets the job done. You sign up, you browse for potential connections and see if the app can make magic happen. It's one of the more popular apps around, too, so there's a whole lot of people with whom you could potentially make a connection.

Zoosk

Zoosk is a dating app with a difference. The company teamed up with Facebook to create an online dating experience based on behavioural matchmaking techniques. Your personality and personal preferences dictate who the site might consider a good match for you.

Badoo

With more than 200 million people signed up to Badoo, you've got pretty decent chances of hitting it off with someone. Badoo is a playful dating app that encourages candidates to get to know each other through games and chatting.

Let's Date

Let's Date looks like only cool people need apply, but that's probably not the case. Users sign up with their Facebook account and create what's called a "dater card". You can then browse other people's dater cards until you spot someone you like. Click the "Let's Date" button and hope like hell they respond.

Hitch.me

Hitch.me is a dating app that connects LinkedIn professionals looking for love. Because people are linked through their professional profiles, there is a sense of security for the dating app users.

Alikewise

An absolutely genius concept, Alikewise pairs people up based on what books they like. From politics to novels, if you're reading about it, chances are someone else will be, too.

Tastebuds

Music connects people so Tastebuds is joining together people with the same taste in music. Here you can "discover new bands, find concert buddies and chat with music fans" and perhaps even find love.

What other free dating apps have you come across?

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