government assisted cell phone

government assisted cell phone

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Anonymous

San Jose, CA

#1 May 4, 2012
If you’ve been left to wonder whether or not there really are free government cell phones out there, you’ve reached the right place to get all of the questions you have answered. myfreegovernmentphones.com

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#2 May 4, 2012
i bet the monitor it free too
no thanks
Hal Sharpton

Huntington, NY

#3 May 4, 2012
What next? Free housing, food, and medicine?

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#4 May 4, 2012
CharlesKBinter wrote:
If you’ve been left to wonder whether or not there really are free government cell phones out there, you’ve reached the right place to get all of the questions you have answered. myfreegovernmentphones.com
I'm white. Do I still qualify for the phone?

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#5 May 4, 2012
Buzz_kill wrote:
i bet the monitor it free too
no thanks
dean?

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#6 May 4, 2012
This is one of the few programs that although there may be a few that have taken advantage of it, it is less likely to be taken advantage of as other governmental programs in the past have been. Here is why:

First of all there is criteria that must be met in order to obtain the phone.

Secondly, it is a basic phone that one would receive, no bells or whistles, but instead the bottom of the line cell phone, you can call out and receive calls in, that is about it aside from text messages.

And last but most importantly, for those already receiving government assistance, they get to deduct their phone bill under household expenses, that includes cell bills as well. If however they are getting it for free, that would lower the amount of outgoing bills they pay which in fact would lower the amount of assistance they receive each month. Now some of these people already receive what is called "life line" which amounts to about 15.00 credit on their monthly phone bill because they are considered low income families. Those people cannot get both. They cannot have the free cell phone and the life line credit and most people are not willing to give up their home phone to get the free cell phone because the free cell phone only comes with 150 minutes a month.( any minutes after that the customer must buy and the minutes are not inexpensive).

This program was initially set up so that the elderly or the severely disabled who had very little income and could not afford a phone in their home would have some form of communication if they needed help. It was never intended as a device to just chat on.( thus the limited amount of minutes each month.)

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#7 May 4, 2012
karmalyzed wrote:
This is one of the few programs that although there may be a few that have taken advantage of it, it is less likely to be taken advantage of as other governmental programs in the past have been. Here is why:
First of all there is criteria that must be met in order to obtain the phone.
Secondly, it is a basic phone that one would receive, no bells or whistles, but instead the bottom of the line cell phone, you can call out and receive calls in, that is about it aside from text messages.
And last but most importantly, for those already receiving government assistance, they get to deduct their phone bill under household expenses, that includes cell bills as well. If however they are getting it for free, that would lower the amount of outgoing bills they pay which in fact would lower the amount of assistance they receive each month. Now some of these people already receive what is called "life line" which amounts to about 15.00 credit on their monthly phone bill because they are considered low income families. Those people cannot get both. They cannot have the free cell phone and the life line credit and most people are not willing to give up their home phone to get the free cell phone because the free cell phone only comes with 150 minutes a month.( any minutes after that the customer must buy and the minutes are not inexpensive).
This program was initially set up so that the elderly or the severely disabled who had very little income and could not afford a phone in their home would have some form of communication if they needed help. It was never intended as a device to just chat on.( thus the limited amount of minutes each month.)
so those who quality for one, wont be able to use it except to call 911?
i was under the impression that if u call that number, its free anyway. with all the phones that people use and then turn around and get a new one, u would think they could set up some program for those phones to be turned in and used by those in need, just for emergencies.

im not against programs to help the needy, just dont think a phone for anybody who is on assistance should get a phone for free.

to the average person who is working, handouts of New FREE phones - this is just another extreme spending by the government...

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#8 May 4, 2012
PFfff wrote:
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so those who quality for one, wont be able to use it except to call 911?
i was under the impression that if u call that number, its free anyway. with all the phones that people use and then turn around and get a new one, u would think they could set up some program for those phones to be turned in and used by those in need, just for emergencies.
im not against programs to help the needy, just dont think a phone for anybody who is on assistance should get a phone for free.
to the average person who is working, handouts of New FREE phones - this is just another extreme spending by the government...
No, it is not just to call 911. I'm sorry if my comment was misleading. What I was trying to say was that it was intended for the elderly and disabled to be able to call for help when they needed it.

This help could come in the form of calling doctors office when they are sick, pharmacies when they need refills, ambulances when they are having chest pains or have fallen and nobody is around. Maybe it is to call the fire department when they smell smoke, or the police department when they are scared and hear somebody but can't see them.

All too often we hear of the elderly and disabled being preyed upon because they are defenseless. It is so much worse for those that do not have phones and can't get help when they need it. Many of these people can't afford phones. The government is trying to prevent deaths among these people with this program.

Granted there are going to be some people who are going to take advantage of it and that is a real shame, but there are going to be some who are going to survive because of it and regardless of how we feel about the government throwing money around you should know that they are not spending very much on this program.

The phones are being donated by the company that sells the minutes in hopes that when the people who are given the phones run out of minutes they will then buy more. The only real money the government is spending is what it takes to screen these people before they are okay-ed to receive the phones.

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