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Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Bruce Specht, Jan 12, 2011.

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  1. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Have you seen the commercials for the "Governement sponsored" free cell phones with 250 free minutes? Never had this before, I have to pay for my phone why do I have to pay for someone else that won't pay for their own? Democracts really ?? We pay everything else for these people now a cell phones????
     
  2. trinketshooter

    trinketshooter TS Member

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    Copied from Safelink's website:

    LIFELINE/SAFELINK FACT SHEET
    There is no "Obama phone" or other newly created federal program to provide free cell phones. As you may know, this is a myth that is now circulating on the Web via email and blog sites. It has been thoroughly debunked by independent groups. (See for example: FactCheck.org at http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/the-obama-phone/, which notes: "Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it."
    The federal "Lifeline" program was created during the Reagan Administration. Lifeline is a federal program created by the Reagan era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1984. The program was enhanced under Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supported on a broadly bipartisan basis in Congress. The FCC’s Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Lifeline support reduces eligible low-income consumers' monthly charges for basic telephone service.
    Thanks to SafeLink, Lifeline support is now available for wireless phones. Traditionally, the Lifeline program was only available as a discount on a consumer’s landline telephone bill. SafeLink Wireless was created by TracFone Wireless, Inc. when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved the company to offer Lifeline -- a public assistance program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for low-income subscribers. SafeLink Wireless applies the Universal Service Fund subsidy to an allotment of free airtime minutes and TracFone provides the wireless handset at the company’s expense. Instead of receiving a subsidized monthly telephone bill for Lifeline service, SafeLink converts the total amount of discounted service into minutes each month for one year. The cell phone offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, three-way calling, call waiting, caller ID and access to 911.
    SafeLink phones are not paid for by taxpayers or the federal government. TracFone Wireless pays for the phones and also the cost of promoting its SafeLink program to make sure that eligible consumers know about the program.
    SafeLink Wireless is making the vision of universal access to telecommunications services for all Americans a reality. As of October 2009, SafeLink has over 2 million customers and is available in 31 states - Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Today, there are over 1,700 companies in the United States currently providing discounted telephone service. But, thanks to its extensive outreach promoting SafeLink, TracFone Wireless is one of the largest providers of Lifeline services in the United States, second only to AT&T.
    Only certain Americans are eligible for SafeLink. Eligibility guidelines vary by state but in general individuals qualify if they participate in a public assistance program such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), National Free School Lunch, Federal Housing/Section 8 Assistance, or if they do not receive any of these public assistance programs, they may also qualify based on total household gross monthly income. Customers can learn more or apply by calling 1-800-SAFELINK or visiting www.SafeLink.com

    Sorry, not the democrats. It looks like this dreaded conspiracy was perpetrated by both parties. Nice try though. Neil
     
  3. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    "Paid for by the telephone company"??? Now let's see who is it that pays the telephone company the money that they use a bit of to fund this program? Oh yea, that's you and me who pay the full bill to that phone company! Translation: WE PAYING CUSTOMERS ARE PAYING THE PHONE COMPANY TO GIVE "FREE SERVICE TO NON_PAYING USERS,

    Call it the Universal Service Fund or call it a free giveaway, the end result is the same. The only thing is that now you have a separate company, with paid employees, getting the money, taking a share for their own use and then passing on the remainder back to that same telephone company.

    If the calls were restricted to 911, the Hospital, doctor's office and other such emergency contact numbers, I could see it as being valid. But a FULL FEATURED UNRESTRICTED CELL PHONE that they get more FREE minutes of use per month than I actually pay for and use in that same month on the phone I am paying full price for is a bit excessive.

    Now let's give some definitions to the terms used in the above release.

    "But the program is funded by telecom companies" = We are paying the phone company who then gives our money to someone else.

    "The FCC’s Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates" = Government Welfare Program

    "(FCC) recently approved the company to offer Lifeline -- a public assistance program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for low-income subscribers. SafeLink Wireless applies the Universal Service Fund subsidy to an allotment of free airtime minutes and TracFone provides the wireless handset at the company’s expense." = Tracfone get's this welfare payment for the phone service and gives a really cheap handset so the people make the calls that Tracfone is paid for.

    "The cell phone offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, three-way calling, call waiting, caller ID and access to 911." = A full featured cell phone

    "TracFone Wireless pays for the phones and also the cost of promoting its SafeLink program to make sure that eligible consumers know about the program." = We, the paying customers, even get to pay for the advertising (by way of a middle-man) for Tracfone.

    "Eligibility guidelines vary by state but in general individuals qualify if they participate in a public assistance program such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), National Free School Lunch, Federal Housing/Section 8 Assistance," = Since you are already on welfare, here is one more free welfare program we will give you.

    "SafeLink phones are not paid for by taxpayers or the federal government." = Gee, I pay taxes on phone service and everything else BUT I still am forced to pay for this FREE service for someone else and they Don't Call it a FEDERAL TAX? Give me a break from the BULLS**T!


    It does not really matter to me who colluded in starting this unrestricted giveaway program. Now is the time to take a close look at it make it into a true emergency service and not just a free unrestricted welfare program.
     
  4. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Trinket, check your phone bill from your cell provider. Your paying for free cell service. Texting, free 411 and 250 minuets a month. Oh we're paying for it all right. My thought, 50 minutes a month and have them pay some part of the bill and any overage. Just strange that we didn;t see commercials for Safe Link free phones untill now!
     
  5. trinketshooter

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    Bruce, you know as well as I do that nothing is free. Neil
     
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