June 19, 2019
What we have done
Our Romeos told us they prefer not to see too much advertising. So, we changed our strategy. We reduced the amount of advertisement and now focus more on our PLUS memberships.
Our motivation was understandably the massive amount of complaints about fullscreen ads in the app. Like you, we find ads with auto-sound and no closing options unacceptable! Since advertisements mostly come from automated networks nowadays, the content is completely out of our control. In addition to that, we saw a questionable handling of data and privacy in the advertising world. We believe a point has been reached where the ad income and your happiness is out of balance.
As a first step, we stopped fullscreen ads via networks in January 2019. But this meant we had a problem. We'd not only be losing income, but many people upgraded to PLUS to get rid of ads.
We hope you understand why we had to strengthen our PLUS features. At the same time it's important for us to keep our promise: "More for free than others." We want everyone to have a happy gay life online; independent from where you live or how much money you have in your pocket. However, restricting less-used features or just adding features no one needs makes no sense. Sorry guys, it needs to hurt a bit! We hope you can see, we did our best to carefully think these changes through with the big picture in mind.
Thanks for reading guys!
All the best,
Your ROMEO Team
12+1 PLUS Features
Moving your profile location to anywhere in the world is no longer possible.
No Romeo profile can be moved to another city. Your profile location will always be your real (GPS) position. For privacy reasons, we will not force you to use your exact GPS-Location. In case you feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, you can modify your shown location by 100km in any direction. For more information check out our guide on Locations and Positions.
As always, Free Romeo users will still be able to explore the world. Using the TRAVEL feature you can search and browse locals in any city in the world. But you will not be seen on the grid as being in that city. To be seen in another city you need to be a PLUS user. You can add travel dates and be seen in up to 5 cities at the same time.
We have a very important reason for this restriction: Fraud! The option to secretly move a profile around the world is a huge invitation to fakers and scammers.