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Anyone have experience with that lifeline phone service discount program?

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Have you ever used this? I think it's a government funded thing where you can get your phone cheaper or something based on income or if you use public assistance

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Oh brother. So now we're not only giving people housing, food, food for their kids at school, health care, etc. We now have to pay for their phones? What's next government assistance for cable TV?
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Oh brother. So now we're not only giving people housing, food, food for their kids at school, health care, etc. We now have to pay for their phones? What's next government assistance for cable TV?

I want government funded Internet. Lol.
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Melsb I actually think there IS such a thing!
 

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Oh brother. So now we're not only giving people housing, food, food for their kids at school, health care, etc. We now have to pay for their phones? What's next government assistance for cable TV?


I hope not!

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There is landline telephone and cellphone discounts.

 

With landlines, it depends on your phone company. Some companies have a cheaper base rate if you meet certain criteria, not all of it financial. I lived in an area where you could pay a flat rate with restricted out-going phone calls if you were over a certain age (50 or something) and the price was only $15. As far as I know, many of these programs aren't government subsidized. I think a lot of landline companies are offering these programs because they are competing against cellphone companies. I did take advantage of one of these programs years and years ago when we were considering dropping our landline all together.

 

Then there are cellphone programs. These are government subsidized cellphones for very low income people - and I mean LOW income. Here is a link:

 

http://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/states

 

While I don't like government subsidies in most forms, a cellphone program does sort of make sense. These cellphones do help people who are looking for work (a requirement for many subsidy programs) and they make it easier for caseworkers to get a hold of the clients.

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Originally Posted by Cookie2 View Post

There is landline telephone and cellphone discounts.

 

With landlines, it depends on your phone company. Some companies have a cheaper base rate if you meet certain criteria, not all of it financial. I lived in an area where you could pay a flat rate with restricted out-going phone calls if you were over a certain age (50 or something) and the price was only $15. As far as I know, many of these programs aren't government subsidized. I think a lot of landline companies are offering these programs because they are competing against cellphone companies. I did take advantage of one of these programs years and years ago when we were considering dropping our landline all together.

 

Then there are cellphone programs. These are government subsidized cellphones for very low income people - and I mean LOW income. Here is a link:

 

http://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/states

 

While I don't like government subsidies in most forms, a cellphone program does sort of make sense. These cellphones do help people who are looking for work (a requirement for many subsidy programs) and they make it easier for caseworkers to get a hold of the clients.

I agree, and people with small children need to have phones

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I agree, and people with small children need to have phones

Yes but those people should be paying for them. We shouldn't live in a society where a new baby automatically means a new phone, credit card and a weekly manicure. There was a time when a phone was considered a luxury. We had a neighbor, when I was growing up, they were poor and they needed a phone for his work. They gave out my parents number when he had jobs pop up. Annoying for my parents, they had to drive down their road about a mile away, whenever he got a call but they did it.

I just don't understand how people can complain that America is going to heck in a hand basket but still expect these types of services.
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I agree that the cellphone give-away is excessive. I think they should offer the clients a reduction in their TANF grant in exchange for the cellphone. So many people have access to a phone some other way but sign up to get the free one just because they can.

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I just don't understand how people can complain that America is going to heck in a hand basket but still expect these types of services.

Me either. Where does it all stop?
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