by Hony, Written on September 10, 2012
Rated as 2 out of 5 - Very small and really only interesting if you speak Portuguese
A quite nice looking site based in Portugal "AtrevidasCam" is in the early days of startup and struggling. There are sometimes no hosts online so it is hard to judge how well they are doing, but they are advertising and seeking out new models so there is perhaps some hope for them. By comparison the complex Flash based Portuguese site Sala21.com is doing ok with a few hosts online every time I checked. The last time I looked Sala21 had 3 free rooms, and AtrevidasCam had 1 member only room.
Lets hope they don't go the way of TempoDeAntena which lasted only a few years and died around 2008.
Having a webcam site which is really focused on a single language, other than English, is really a struggle. A few sites have been able to make it work like Visit-X in German and DX-Live in Japanese but for the most part an English site has the advantage because it can tap into the huge USA population, even if you don't add in the British, Australian and other smaller English speaking countries.
What's more even in other parts of the world were English is not the first language it is probably still going to be spoken widely, particularly by the well off educated professionals who are the big spenders at adult webcam chat sites. I think management at sites like Atrevidascam and Sala21 are well aware of this so they try to make English versions, but unless a site is designed from the beginning to be multi-language it is difficult to make it work 100% properly. Most of these sites still have menu items or descriptions in the original language that escaped being translated.
Even if they don't, there is still the problem that the hosts working there are going to be from that original country, and so may not be able or willing to work for English speaking webcam viewers.
On AtrevidasCam.net they seem to suffer all these problems. When for example I go to a model who has the icon for English, a little British flag, her bio page still has the description and turn-on and turn-off things written in Portuguese, so they mean nothing to me.
At the bottom of the Bio page there is also a reviews and feedback, which is also a great idea but not very usable for me as all those I could see were not in English. A bit of a mistake also is that they are sorted by descending date, so the first thing you see is very old reviews and you have to go to the last page to find out the latest thoughts about the model.
I must have been lucky with my first choice as the camgirl I choose had many reviews. After looking at more pages I found that many of the models actually have only a few reviews. The dates on the reviews are a great indication of whether they are actually available recently, some are, and some are not.
When you do find a Portuguese camgirl online who you want to chat with then of course you need credits. The "Fund your account" link takes you to another of those partially translated pages, but if you just choose the Credit Card option then click the button for how many credits you want you should be ok. The credit card billing form itself is by "hipay.com" which is some kind of 3rd party biller, and it works fine in English.
All the credit packs you can buy are priced in Euros and the cheapest is just 1 euro, a sort of taster package, of 60 credits. It gets cheaper if you buy more at :
Slightly irrational arithmetic on that 12 Euro purchase that is a worse deal than the 5 or the 22 euro ones, but still at least overall there is a discount for quantity, unlike CamFlare for example which was going to have discounts but changed their minds and now do not.. So how far do these credits at Atrevidas go?
Lets calculate by taking one host named Lia as an example. Private chat with Lia is 120 chips a minute, and of course as with most sites these days "private" doesn't really mean private, for "True private" it would cost you 150 credits a minute.
If credits are about 0.011 Euros then the private would be about $1.65/minute which is quite a good rate. For at home first world hosts this is on a par or price competitive with camcontacts.
Now remember that at AtrevidasCam even with a registered account free chat expires after a while. So you will not be able to hang out in free chat forever, even when you do find rooms with free chat.
All the chatrooms are females, or couples which are hetro or lesbian. You have to watch out for the fact that on this site "M/M" does not mean male/male, but mulher/mulher or "Woman/Woman" in Portuguese.
There is not much nudity in free chat though tips for flashes are allowed by the site they don't seem popular with European models.
Unusually for an adult webcam site at AtrevidasCam.net there is a display of how many users, ordinary viewers, are online. I would guess that is another attempt to build community, but a lot less than say BongaCams, and FreeCamStars. none of them have managed to get the community feeling built as much as MFC, even though MFC doesn't really have good features to support community.
In conclusion it is a ok site but greatly limited by firstly having almost no hosts online, and secondly being less than fully usable if you don't speak Portugues.
If you'd like to comment more on atrevidascam.net please post a message in the forum. Thanks.
I'm sure they are interested in getting more models but not sure how they are going to manage to get some more international ones. Not even sure they are trying. Payments are based in Euros and are 75 euro cents per minute for True Private, and 60 for regular.
There is also pay for Voyeur chat. They pay ever 15 days but you have to have at least 55 Euros in your account. I can't find details on payment methods though so if you have that information please let me know so I can update the review.