Hi, I’m Bob and I’m here to help you learn about about using prepaid wireless service with smartphones.
With prepaid wireless service you may be able to save hundreds of dollars per year on your phone bill, avoid long term service contracts, and use a smartphone you already own with a number of different prepaid wireless services. However, if you are new to prepaid wireless, understanding how it works, and navigating the different services can be a bit overwhelming,
I created this this site to help you understand it all. Since 2012, I’ve helped tens of thousands of people get started with prepaid wireless and resolved problems they have had along the way. I’ve written hundreds of articles and videos and answered thousands of reader and viewer questions. I’ve tried to organize the information into a half a dozen or so sections to help you find the information you are looking for.
On this page, I share what you need to know to make best use of smartphonematters.com and a little bit about how I started this site.
Many people come here looking for the Access Point Name (APN) Settings for their prepaid wireless service. If you are having problems getting your cellular data, MMS picture messages, or group texts working, you may need to set these values to get your service working. You can check out the APN settings here…
Prepaid Wireless Reviews
Every so often, I do a full review of a prepaid wireless service. If you are interested in seeing what I thought about a particular service, see the latest Prepaid Wireless Reviews here…
Plans and Features
More frequently I take a look at the latest plans and features for a number of different prepaid wireless services. I usually write both an article and create a video taking a look at the website to see what plans and features are included at what prices. I do this to stay up to date with the latest offerings from these companies as well as to help people learn how to navigate prepaid wireless plans
Note, that these are not full reviews. Sometimes I may have previously reviewed a service and sometimes I haven’t gotten to it yet.
See the latest Plans and Features Here…
Each month I update my prepaid wireless deals and promotions pages. You can find the latest deals and special promotions on phones and plans from a number or prepaid wireless companies, See the latest deals here…
If you are unable to find what you are looking for using the menus mentioned above, try the Google Custom Search option on the top of the page on your phone or on the right side on your computer or laptop’s browser.
Read the Comments too…
Finally, please note that if you don’t find the information you are looking for in a particular article you are reading, make sure to look through the comments too. Many of my readers have shared solutions to problems and their overall experiences with prepaid wireless service.
In 2012 the company I worked for stopped paying my cell phone bill. At the time, the company gave me the iPhone 4s I had been using, but they would no longer pay my phone bill. I had the option to keep my phone number but I needed to set up my own wireless account and pay the bill myself each month. Even though I was pretty familiar with computer, intenet, and electronics I really didn’t know much about setting up cellular service and about how much it actually cost. At the time I was using AT&T postpaid service, and they wanted over $100 per month to use their service with my iPhone! I decided that was too expensive, so I learned about prepaid wireless service. When I switched to prepaid I was able to cut my bill in half, but I had trouble getting my cellular data, picture messages, and group texts to work properly on my iPhone. I had to read through a number of online forum posts to find out how to work around the problem. I spent hours finding the information and then trying to get it to work. I decided to share that information to help others with the same problem. I wrote up a detailed step by step set of instructions and created smartphonematters.com.
But it didn’t stop there. Pretty soon I started receiving and answering many comments about getting the iPhone to work with Net10 Wireless and Straight Talk. I kept improving the guides based on feedback from readers. People started asking me different questions, so I’d try to answer them. I started writing more articles about prepaid wireless. Friends and family asked me to help them switch to prepaid. At some point, I thought it would be fun to try and make some videos, so I created a YouTube channel too!
As my own needs for prepaid changed, I decided to start trying out and reviewing other prepaid wireless carriers. Over the last seven years, I’ve answered thousands of questions and have helped many people save money with prepaid wireless.
While I run smartphonematters.com as a hobby, it does incur expenses. To offset those cost, I added both ads to smartphonematters.com and affiliate links to the site. When you use one those affiliate links, I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. You are under no obligation to use any of the links on the site when you buy a phone or sign up for a prepaid wireless service, but if you do you’ll help support the site and YouTube channel.