You have to purchase time to view the girls in private by the minute. However, even if you buy in bulk it is $4.25/minute, about average pricing.
Or you can stay in "nude chat" -- that means group, non-private -- and most of the girls will do real shows there. That only works out to $1 a minute which is a very good deal.
Free chat -- which is, er, free -- but the girls will (mostly) keep their clothes on and don't do any kind of show.
Nude chat -- which is $1 a minute, a good deal -- in which the girls are nude and do the full shows, but you may be one of many in her chatroom.
Private Chat -- which is $4.25/minute (if you buy in bulk) -- where the girl does show, and it is just for you -- nobody else in the room.
Anybody can go into nude chat -- the text chat part -- but you don't get to see anything unless you have paid. So make your choices.
On the other hand, Spread4u seems more international than other webcam chat sites. Most girls are European so they speak English, French, Italian and German. If you prefer to chat in your mother tongue then Spread4u definitely offers more choices. Other European language speaking webcam sites include PlaceOfPorn (Dutch and Eastern European) and Privat-Flirt (German).
If you fancy Asian, maybe you should check out DxLive. DxLive has mostly Japanese although a small no. of girls don't speak English.
I've been told that North American hosts get priority and get listed first -- which is perhaps good or bad depending upon who you are.
Spread4u is very professionally with most girls being studio girls, but they do also accept individual performers if you are interested. The performer signup page is not that obvious but once you find it the instructions are very clear. Payout is $2/minute for privates and 50% for group chat.
For a while I was not able to get their free video to work; but then suddenly it is working again. I think they changed their software -- it's Java now -- and works just fine. The video is large, clear and reasonably smooth if you have a good connection.
In July 2004, Spread4u has launched this "Live webcam gallery". "Live webcam gallery" is basically a gallery of one of the girls who is online at the moment, so that if you like her, you know you can click through and chat with her immediately. Not a bad feature.
In Nov 2004 spread4u starting to advertise a new video sizes: Double and Triple as well as audio in the free and nude chatrooms. Finally got to see this for myself in Jan 2005 and it works pretty nicely. Of course it is only blowing up the image, not really any clearer, but if you have a high resolution monitor or simply a small screen that can make the difference between a stamp and something you can see well!
The largest video size is 1024 wide making it a bit larger than imlive's new enlarge option but similar.
If you are logged in as a member then you can click on the link "Control Panel" which takes you to a set of options that lets you manage your favorites list, receive alerts by email when a model logs in, change your password or default handle, and transfer your balance between accounts.
You can also activate Voyeur Mode. Voyeur Mode lets you enter a nude video chatroom without anybody knowing you're there, not even the model. You cannot chat or see anybody's chat while in Voyeur Mode, but you can see who is in the room.
Once you turn it on you are basically invisible in chat rooms. From the chathost perspective I'm not at all sure that this would be very nice -- while we like to chat it's not quite the same to be peek in on. I know that at ifriends lots of us girls were not at all happy at the VIP voyeur mode when they first introduced that, even though the pic size was small. As a viewer I guess it appeals if you are a "real voyeur".
As of Feb 05 some chat features are also restricted to only logged in members -- specifically Whisper and Zoom Video. I guess that's a not unreasonable attempt to restrict the freeloaders.
Cam2cam functionality was added recently so you can show yourself to the models provided you have a webcam and download the required software. No extra charge for this and of course it's optional.
Billing is by the ever-present ccBill.
The gay version with guys instead of girls is called Stroke4u.