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There are 109 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 16, 2010, titled SafeLink cell-phone users offered more free minutes | The Columbus .... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

TracFone Wireless Inc. has added two new options for low-income people using its government-subsidized cell-phone service.

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Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 16, 2010
Are you kidding me...What a waste of our tax dollars, it's no wonder that we (the State) is out of money. What a waste.

Fargin Bastages

“This is fargin war!”

Since: Apr 10

Lewis Center, OH

#2 Aug 16, 2010
Why are my tax dollars being used to provide free cell phones to dead-beat losers???

Freakin unbelievable!
John Blutarsky

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 16, 2010
It figures. Give someone a free cell phone and minutes and some someone starts whining they aren't getting enough. America the land of the whiney entitlement programs.

United States

#5 Aug 16, 2010
And the bailouts continue. Taxpayers footing the bill for 250 free text messages is ridiculous. Pretty soon everything will be free for anyone making under 40k per year

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 16, 2010
Mihgt as well throw in free cable and computers with internet access... the liberal mentality of entitlements.

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 16, 2010
Nice, not only am I paying for my own phone now I'm paying for these too. What a joke.
Kill White Babies

Mount Vernon, OH

#8 Aug 16, 2010
I'm sure free Xbox 360's and Ipod's are next. You know, it's wrong and against the Constitution to deprive the less fortunate of gaming time and listening entertainment. This is f'in laughable!!!

Westerville, OH

#9 Aug 16, 2010
"Stuck with 68 minutes". Classic!

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 16, 2010
Next month's issue: TrackFone recipients feel that their 4 megapixel phones are not cutting it any more. Free upgrades to 8 megapixels.

What ever happened to land lines? You can give those things out for a fraction of the cost. Or better yet, pagers. I bought one when I was 14, without government meddling.
concerned mom

Westerville, OH

#11 Aug 16, 2010
libcrusher101 wrote:
Mihgt as well throw in free cable and computers with internet access... the liberal mentality of entitlements.
You don't have to worry...they are just stealing those! Believe me, I've seen it. They know how to split the lines to get free cable and then break into homes or cars for the rest.

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 16, 2010
Thank you Ohio Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. With all the crime in Columbus a cell phone is a necessity since landlines will soon be obsolete. Just going outside your home anymore can put you in harm's way. It is just nice to know that there are good organizations out there that are helping the unfortunate who cannot get jobs and are on a fixed income. It's an embarrassment that there are so many begrudging individuals that post to the comments section. Maybe they will need extra assistance some day.

Columbus, OH

#13 Aug 16, 2010
Wow...Whenever the government gives handouts, the "poor" demand sure came fast this time.....
You can bet this won't be the end....

Westerville, OH

#14 Aug 16, 2010
Unbelievable. Another Federal entitlement program growing bloated. Where's my free cell phone & texting????

United States

#16 Aug 16, 2010
This is the part that pisses me off:

"Once the free time was used, customers were charged 20 cents a minute in the original plan, a cost that two advocacy groups considered excessive."

20 cents a minute is excessive? Have they seen the overage rate for unsubsidized plans??? Where is MY justice!!!

For the rest of you whiners: The program is funded via a tax (the Universal service fund) that has been levied nationwide on landlines and cellphones for 15 years. Providing a cellphone vs a landline phone to these people (low/no income individuals) is cheaper... why are you complaining that they are innovating a better product? This is the free market at work (with a nudge in the form of common-sense, republican sponsored legislation). Shut up and go txtchat with ur bff jill so we can keep that fund flush with cash.

United States

#17 Aug 16, 2010
I'd be really interested to hear the justification for why text messaging is such a necessity that it requires tax payer funding. 250 minutes seems very excessive.
Over It

Columbus, OH

#18 Aug 16, 2010
"consumer advocates worried that customers would almost inevitably need time beyond the 68 free minutes"

'Consumer Advocates'-- WHAT??? Don't you have to be a CUSTOMER to get a Consumer Advocacy group?

Since: Jan 10

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#19 Aug 16, 2010
I hate to say this, but a lot of these cell phones are use for criminal ventures. The wrong people are getting these phones and using them for purposes they weren`t intended for. So sad, but true.
John Blutarsky

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 16, 2010
In other news, congress has just passed a free, prepaid car insurance plan to pay for car insurance for people who are already pre-qualified through their SafeLink plan. This free insurance plan pays for accidents caused by people talking on their SafeLink cell phones while driving and is paid for through an insurance surcharge paid by those people who are actually responsible enough to purchase their own auto insurance.

Columbus, OH

#21 Aug 16, 2010
LMFAO @ providing cell phone amenities. Newsflash - we got along for YEARS without them

Westerville, OH

#22 Aug 16, 2010
these are the obama phones that the brothers are talking about. give them something free and it isnt good enough!! they abuse or misuse it and they whine about it. wonder how many of these phones are used in drug deals!!what really gets me is that they are advertised on QFM-96. why advertise them at all!! our dumb-azz government at it again.

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