I’m Patrick, AKA the “Prepaid Phone Guy.” For over seven years now, I have been blogging about prepaid phones, especially TracFone, Net10, and Straight Talk.
I’m a blogger. There are definitely people out there who know way, way more about the cell phone industry and technology than me, especially when it comes to individual phones. And there are most certainly better writers than me.
What I try to do is combine my broad understanding of the prepaid world with my above-average writing ability, excellent research skills, and, above all, a desire to help people save their hard-earned money. The result is this blog, where I sift through all the TracFone, Net10, and Straight Talk news and ferret out the most interesting and/or significant, and sum it up for you in my posts. I hope you find it useful.
I never dreamed of owning a cell phone, much less become an “expert” on the subject. That changed in 2002, when my wife was pregnant with our first child. I wanted to be available for her to call, especially since I was then working a job where I didn’t always have a landline phone nearby. However, I didn’t want to incur large monthly expenses, and I certainly didn’t want to be chained to a multi-year contract.
It turns out the little gadget, even in that primitive era, was pretty darn useful. I decided to hang on to it, albeit at TracFone’s low monthly cost. And something else interesting happened. I began to make it kind of a game to get my minutes at the lowest possible rates. This led me down a path of internet forums and message boards, and soon I was more knowledgeable about the TracFone game than just about anyone else I knew.
My family began to take note, and soon I became the go-to guy for relatives interested in buying a new phone. First my mom wanted one for my aging grandparents for when they were driving through Wisconsin’s snowy winters. Then my younger brother went off to college and thought it might come in handy. About a dozen relatives later, I had seen just about everything when it came to TracFone.
In 2006, I made a leap of faith and quit my day job to stay home with my growing young family. However, I wanted something to keep me busy on the side and possibly bring in a little income, so I bought and sold TracFone and Net10 phones and airtime on eBay.
Through the course of that side project, I came to realize that most eBay buyers had the same questions about getting started with TracFone that my relatives did, so I decided to write down all that I knew and include it in a “guide” as a free bonus to my eBay buyers.
Eventually I got to a point where the meager income generated by my eBay sales didn’t justify the time I spent on it. But I was hooked on helping people avoid the exorbitant costs of owning a cell phone on contract to one of they “big guys.” So I began blogging, sharing the contents of my TracFone guide as well as other news and cell phone reviews.
My home on the web has changed address several times as I’ve developed a better understanding of the technology behind blogging, and today I reside at PrepaidPhoneGuy.com. I hope you’ll stick around a while and check things out.
And if you feel that it would be helpful to get periodic updates containing the info I am writing about, please consider signing up for my newsletter. I’ll send you an update once a month, letting you know what’s going on with the TracFone world. And when I uncover especially good, limited-time deals, I’ll pass them along to you as well, as soon as they come up. You can enter your information at the bottom of this page to sign up.
I value my privacy and yours, so I will never spam you, share your email with anyone, or do any of that other nasty stuff that has become all too common on the web.
I want to thank you for your time on this page, and on the site overall. As I mentioned previously, I may know more than the average phone user, but by no means do I consider myself the final authority on anything I write about. I’m always happy to learn more.
Whether you want to correct me on a mistake, voice a difference of opinion, or ask a question, please leave a comment below the post you are reading at the time. This not only helps me understand things better; it also will then be available for others to read as they read the post in the future.
I am an affiliate with several companies that sell prepaid phone products, including TracFone, Net10, and Straight Talk, as well as Amazon and eBay. What this means is that sometimes I will link to these websites in a way that allows them to know that a visitor came to them via my blog. If that visitor (you, hopefully) then buys something, I may earn a commission.
HOWEVER, I want to be perfectly clear, this affiliate relationship in no way influences the information that I present on my blog. If I wanted to make more money, I would write about AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, since there are way bigger commissions possible with them. My first priority, though, is helping readers like you understand their phone service better, so they can get the best bang for their buck.
What the commissions do is allow me to pay for the phones that I test when writing reviews, and the airtime I use when experimenting with phones. I do not get phones or airtime free, so having the affiliate links allows me to test the phones and service without paying for them entirely out of my own pocket.
Accordingly, the more income this blog generates, the more I can put back into it in terms of testing more devices and trying other companies. If you found something useful here and would like to support me, please consider clicking through one of my links before buying something from one of the sites mentioned above. I’d greatly appreciate it.