When MyFreeCams first announced their new site in our forum in 2005 they didn't get a very positive response. Sadly they haven't followed up in the forum, though I can't blame them, because today the site is large and growing and some of the problems originally noted are addressed.
I didn't do an adult webcam review of the site at the time because they were IP blocking my country -- but thankfully that's stopped now as well.
Now one of the largest cam sites it has re-written the rules about how the field works, or you can consider they have actually created a new field of webcam chat. Free shows with tips of tokens to fund things and a new generation of camgirl stars. But first onto the site itself.
The site developers are obviously, as they have said themselves, real geeks who have spent the time to make a technically sophisticated site that uses advanced web technologies. Now that may not matter to the average viewer or host, but it should ultimately mean a less buggy and more secure site.
Basic cam site functions such as thumbnails and ways to filter the list of online hosts is all there, though with unusual twists such as the fact that you don't say which ethnicities you WANT to see, but rather those you wish to EXCLUDE.
And note this isn't ethnicity as most sites would filter by, but geo region. So if you want to see just Latina models then this isn't going work for you. Grouping Asia with Pacific Islands is a little strange too.
Signup is free -- first you can choose your nick, then separately if you give and validate an email address you get a basic account. They'd like you to put down some cash as soon as possible though and you are soon prompted "As soon as you buy tokens you will be instantly upgraded to a Premium Member free". You automatically become a premium member once you purchase tokens the first time on MyFreeCams . Then you remain a premium member forever, it doesn't expire after some time as some sites have with the extra privs for real spending members.
Once you are a premium member you get to do things like email to models, or PM online models.
And of course go into private shows. Shows are 60 tokens a minute. Tokens are between 8 cents and 10 cents each depending on how many you buys. So that works out at $4.80 to six dollars a minute! This is Flirt4Free territory in terms of pricing -- if you get sticker shock at $6/minute then you'd better stop reading now and go back to imLive, Camcontacts or even ifriends.
If you're still with me now then you'll be glad to know that you can buy your tokens via CC either with Epoch or CCBill, two large and reputable companies. $75 gets you 900 tokens at the best rate, or if you want to just test the waters then a $20 payment will get you 200 tokens to spend on adult webcam chat.
Now actually you can spend a lot of time MyFreeCams -- chatting and in video and seeing plenty of nudity -- without spending a penny. Pop up the free adult web cam chat window and just keep hitting the "Next Model" button until you see someone you like -- it's easy, possibly too easy. They make channel flipping through cam girls just a click away.
This should be a recipe for beggar heaven -- but they have that under control, partly by allowing hosts to "silence" unregistered guests. And even as a viewer you can choose to ignore guests and/or basic members.
All the hosts I visited had music playing -- sometimes it's just fun to go through and see who has a tune playing you like! And yes the PunkRock girl -- with plenty of tattoos and cute bare breasts -- was playing, and singing along, to rock.
There were about 1000 video chat rooms running -- but that included some or so where the host was "away". Why list them if they away? There are also ones in Private which are listed because you can elect to spy on private shows.
And if you want a really private private show then for a mere 80 token s a minute (eight bucks a minute!) the spy function is turned off for that session.
Now strangely the Asian models MyFreeCams have their own separate page as of Aug 2008 -- and only "small selection of the very best ones will be also shown on the default homepage". Why not just provide a filter on the home page?
Throughout the site they make a big deal about being a real community - and indeed they provide lots of enablers for that like friends lists and internal email. I've also heard that at this site it is common for hosts to drop in on their "neighbour" chat rooms to see how things are going and to hang out.
But how much do they pay?
I'll agree that it is on the high end though -- many sites are only paying 30% these days so get 50% while you can! No details whatsoever on how payments are done, minimum amounts or anything like. Just "bi-weekly".
Do not bother to apply if you are a mature model though, or a gay model as they only want "females age 18-35". No guys, no couples, and that means no actual sex on cam. Some hosts have tried to get guys onto cam to do live sex show but quickly get banned by the MFC admins.
To signup go here -- but note it isn't a real signup form where you can create your account immediately, rather it looks like a contact form so I guess someone will be in touch to discuss. What does that mean? That they are selective I would guess which can be good (if you get it) or bad (if you don't)
For a new 2011 take on the ideas that MFC have developed also check out chaturbate.com
If you have any more information about MyFreeCams, please drop me a note in the webcam forum, thanks.