“Teléfono gratuito de los contribuyentes estadounidenses.”
Translation: Toll Free from U.S. taxpayers

by editor on January 3, 2011

Los teléfonos celulares son caras. Muy caro. Pero ahora usted puede conseguir uno libre. Usted no pagará ni un centavo porque los contribuyentes estadounidenses pagarán por ello.

Diga “Gracias, Tío Sam.” O dicen “Estos gringos están locos.”

Lo que sea.

Safelink cell phones paid for by the overburdened, under-appreciated American Taxpayers.


Cell phones are expensive. Very expensive. But now you can get one free. You won’t pay a cent because the American taxpayers will pay for it.

Say “Thanks, Uncle Sam.” Or as they say, “These gringos are crazy.”

That’s what they say.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Ruben January 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Dios mío, ayúdanos! Revolucion ahora!

Administrator January 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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Our original article on the Safelink Wireless program showed the requirements to get the phone. I list them here for you:

“The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if…

  1. You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid. OR
  2. Your total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your State and/or the Federal Government. AND
  3. No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier.
  4. You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your free phone you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. Sorry, but P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.

In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.

And we see nothing that indicates you have to be a legal resident of the United States to qualify.

Not only are there numerous ads in Spanish, but the site is also available in Spanish, leading to the not-too-unreasonable conclusion that a significant percentage of the free cell phones applicants conceivably could be, may be, might be undocumented aliens.

matthew s harrison January 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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what that phone should be used for vatos is to call your family and have them pick you up at the fence-cause you be goin home holmes!

hisham January 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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This is exactly the kind of sh*t I left Kalifornia for. I told you it would soon be coming to a street corner near you. If you want you country back, this sh*t has got to stop!

Barb R January 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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Oh great. Does this mean we’re going to be entertained by another 1,500 requests for a free phone, but now in Spanish?

On the bright side, since all these “free” give-aways are surely going to drive me to poverty, it will be helpful knowing how to ask for a handout in English AND Spanish.

Thank you for another great public service, Senor Editor.

editor January 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

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Thanks, but the Administrator gets all the credit for this one.

poppajoe49 September 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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From the old Pace Picante Sauce commercials…………..

“Get a rope”!

flashingscotsman November 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

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Great. Now I have to learn how to give thumbs down in Spanish.

DENSY MOREL September 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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whiskeyriver September 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm

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First, GET A JOB! Then you can afford to pay for a phone, imagine that! Second, what makes you think your little bratletts need a phone? If they were in school and had a problem the school could call you. Third, since you have a computer and internet connection to post your nonsense, here don’t you think your money would be better spent on phone service?

Go away, you are boring me with your immature silliness.

poisontolibs September 19, 2011 at 5:34 am

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More rhetoric from the Cultural Marxists: “It’s for the children”
Go fly a kite moocher…

poppajoe49 September 19, 2011 at 6:18 am

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PTL, drb has dyslexia and bold print is unreadale for her. We try not to use it as a courtesy.
I’m certain you weren’t here for that discussion, so you’re off the hook. THIS TIME!!! ;-) lol

poisontolibs September 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

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My apologies to drb, I shall be more thoughtful in the future…is using italics readable?

poppajoe49 September 19, 2011 at 7:17 am

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Yes, they are.

I know, “drb, you look very different this morning”!

I know because I was using bold type and switched to italics because she told me they were readable for her.

KimmyQueen September 19, 2011 at 5:14 am

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No problem. I can pay this for your kids, but you are going to have to come work for me. You okay with that?

poppajoe49 September 19, 2011 at 5:30 am

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I could always use an extra hand to haul away the debris when I demolish a kitchen or bathroom, and someone to clean up afterwards. You up for it?
Plus, my knees are starting to bother me when I tile and grout floors, how are your knees?

fredfred September 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

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Elijah Marcum’s Chickens

Elijah Marcum was a good old boy with a heart of gold. Elijah would help anybody out whenever he could. He was also a foot stompin’ piano playin’ fool. Never once did a Sunday Service or barn dance go by without Elijah at the keys. Elijah was chicken farmer and a good one at that. His chickens were the fattest and tastiest birds this side of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Problem was, Elijah had a secret – he couldn’t add. (Or subtract neither, for that matter) Anytime some numbers needed attention old Elijah would say “I respectfully defer, sir, that all matters of computation be passed to my dear sweet Luella, as she has a keen sense and a sharp pencil”.

And so it went for many years until the “croup” got Luella in the winter of ’67. This presented a problem in that when it came time to order up supplies old Elijah just couldn’t make heads nor tails of Luella’s ledgers.

Now, everybody knows that one bag of feed will take care of about 10 chicks for about two weeks – everybody that is except for Elijah. He just couldn’t figure it out. He got himself 100 chicks and one bag of feed and then when he ran out of feed he got 1 chick and a hundred bags of feed – this took care of the feed problem ‘till the weevils got to it and he had to bury the stuff.

Elijah was sufferin’ – so was his piano playin’, not to mention the chickens were lookin’ a bit scraggly too. He finally concluded that had to do some learnin’ so as to be able to keep his chicken farm.

He showed up at the schoolhouse the next day, took his hat off and with his head down, asked the teacher politely if he could learn to add and subtract. Now, I don’t about how any other ten year old boy would react to this but I know I was a little shocked. My Mother and Daddy were good with their numbers and I thought every grown up was the same.

Some kids laughed at him and it made his head go lower – and what I felt right then and there was what I learned later in life to be called empathy. I took old Elijah’s hand and told him not to worry, I’d have him addin’ and subtractin’ in no time. And add and subtract he did! He was quick to learn and soon his chickens were fat again and his piano playin’ was a foot stompin’ hootenanny.

Sometimes life throws us a curveball and we got to humble ourselves just a bit to make things work out – waitin round or depending on somebody else ain’t gonna’ get you nowhere quick.

poisontolibs September 19, 2011 at 7:31 am

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With your permission, I will publish this story on The Right Planet with you as a guest author…

fredfred September 19, 2011 at 7:42 am

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You absolutely have my permission to publish this story Poison – my apologies for not getting over to your site and signing up yet – workin on my Boy’s truck all weekend backed me up on other obligations.

poisontolibs September 19, 2011 at 7:43 am

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Not a problem my friend, family always comes first! It’ll be up in about 5 minutes or so…depending on how quick I can get some graphics for it…

fredfred September 19, 2011 at 7:54 am

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Thank you, sir

poisontolibs September 19, 2011 at 8:00 am
fredfred September 19, 2011 at 8:31 am

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Wow – that was real quick! The wife loves it and the graphics you used are great. Thank you – I gotta run to Augusta and look at a combine right now(in the dang rain too) – gone till evenin time – I’ll sign up on your site then! Is there a way I could put in there just a bit ’bout myself?

Again, thank Poison!

poisontolibs September 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

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Sure…once you have made a comment, I will have your private email…I will then be able to email you an invitation to become a contributing author on the blog…you will be able, upon clicking on the link in the email, to select your screen name, upload an avatar of your choice and write a bit about about yourself that appears whenever someone reads an article by you… in other words, you will be able to create your entire profile as an author…

poisontolibs September 19, 2011 at 5:31 am

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Acarrear su no americano, sin papeles, folleto busca culo robo de recursos a México mi “amigo”. A continuación, se aplican para la inmigración legal y cumplir con los Requisitos para el que volver. Suspenda la alimentación de mi cartera idiota!
Do it now!

JAPACS November 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

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SafeLink Wireless is NOT the only company using the USAC subsidy to give phones to the poor! ALL large companies offer the Lifeline and Linkup programs. The only difference is that SafeLink Wireless is the only one that bundles everything for free! The large companies give discounts with their subsidy so that they can lock people into expensive contracts for those fancy phones. SafeLink phones are VERY basic! NO CAMERAS, NO INTERNET, NO MUSIC, OR RINGTONES. So, as you will see, it is NOT fair to portray SafeLink Wireless as some anomaly in this market. Carlos Slim did not create this program; the federal government did and all states are on board!!!

AT&T: http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/articles-resources/community-support/lifeline-link-up.jsp

VERIZON: http://www22.verizon.com/residentialhelp/phone/billing/special+billing+services/information+about+your+service/95830.htm

SPRINT: http://shop2.sprint.com/en/services/calling/universal_lifeline_program.shtml

LIST OF COMPANIES IN ILLINOIS ALONE!!!: http://www.icc.illinois.gov/Consumer/LifelineAndLinkUp.pdf

LIST OF COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA ALONE!!!: http://www.consumer-action.org/downloads/english/Lifeline_Wireless_Plans_v2.pdf

LIST OF COMPANIES IN NORTH CAROLINA ALONE!!!: http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/manuals/dss/ei-35/man/FSISs503f3.pdf

flashingscotsman November 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

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Again, you post without having a point. We know all about the program, how it works, when it was started, who pays for it, what kind of phones are supplied. And we believe it is wrong.

JAPACS November 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

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Nor did I deny that. I just wanted to point out that SafeLink Wireless (THE ONLY PROVIDER THAT APPEARS IN THESE ARTICLES) is, in fact, one of 1,700 providers nationwide.

As for your “we believe is wrong” comment, well, it is America. There are A LOT of things government does that many people DON’T like while other AMERICANS DO like. Helping the poor American citizens with important telecommunication services is one MANY Americans DO support!

Alwys Sunny In Hell November 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

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We did help with telecommunications….. They just shut down the last pay phone on my block…… So from Pay Phones to Cell Phones…. awesome..