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November 9th, 2001


A year ago I made a trip to San Francisco. I didn’t have a phone card and felt like I should have one on me in case of an emergency, but I didn’t want to get ripped off by buying one of those ones at 7-11 with all the hidden charges. So I went to the Net and I was very pleased with what I found.

PhoneHog is similar to MyPoints/BonusMail/CyberGold in that you accumulate “units” for visiting web sites, registering, etc. The difference is that these units are actually minutes on a free phone card. You call Phone Hog’s 1-800 number and use your specialized PIN and you’re good to go. No charges whatsoever. From state-to-state, one credit = one minute with a two unit surcharge if you call from a payphone. Not bad. Perfect for the occasional trip out of town.

Since Huyen was heading out of town and I wanted her to call me when she got in, I logged back onto Phone Hog, surfed a few more sites, and accumulated an extra 20 minutes worth of calling time.

Incidentally, I used a throw-away freebee e-mail address, since Phone Hog may or may not sell your address.

Fortunately, The End of Free hasn’t yet hit PhoneHog. -ram

Posted in Technology

FROM: michael wessell
DATE: Wednesday January 9, 2002 -- 10:25:23 pm

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:48:07 pm

FROM: Jeff
DATE: Thursday October 13, 2005 -- 12:04:19 pm
Very True. Phonehog is one of the best out there. I was surfin the other day and found out that the same company has a site called mpfree and ipodsweepstakes. They're awesome! they work pretty much the same except you get legal downloads or entries into a sweepstakes for a free shuffle.

FROM: Devon
DATE: Monday February 20, 2006 -- 9:46:13 pm
I think phone hog is great too! I just dont like the adds but thats how we get our minutes. Everyone should try PhoneHog!

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