Exposing the Safelink Wireless government cell phone for the poor scam

by editor on March 11, 2009

Today we ran the story of Michelle Obama serving risotto at the soup kitchen down the street from the White House. She was surrounded by poor people frantically snapping photos with their cell phones.

If you’re anything like us (and we understand completely if you don’t want to be) you wondered, how can the poor afford cell phones, fancy ones with cameras? The monthly bills on these things can eat you alive. Is there some sort of free government cell phone service we didn’t know about?

Safelink Wireless Free Government Cell Phones

We were tipped off to the Safelink Wireless website. But please be warned that if you visit this site you are likely to walk away pissed off. Here’s what it says:

“SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program 
that provides a free cell phone and airtime each
 month for income-eligible customers.”

free government cell phone from safelink wireless

Hello? Hello? Can anyone hear us complaining about this outrageous abuse?

“Lifeline Assistance is part of a program that was created by the government to provide discounted or free telephone service to income-eligible consumers. To help bring you this important benefit, SafeLink Wireless is proud to offer Lifeline Service. Through our Lifeline Service you will receive FREE cellular service, a FREE cell phone, and FREE Minutes every month! SafeLink Wireless Service does not cost anything – there are no contracts, no recurring fees and no monthly charges.”

“Any Minutes you do not use will roll-over. Features such as caller ID, call waiting and voicemail are all also included with your service. If you need additional Minutes, you can buy TracFone Airtime Cards at any TracFone retailer Walmart, Walgreens, Family Dollar, etc). SafeLink Airtime Cards will be available soon.”

“Your exact benefits, including the number of free Minutes you will receive, depend on the state you live in.”

Free cell phone from Safelink Wireless: how to qualify

“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.

Un-freakin-believable. Outrageous. Shocking.

The way we read it, this Safelink Wireless program gives you a free cell phone, free monthly service, and free minutes. You qualify even if you make 35% more than the designated “poverty” level or if you’re already getting additional freebies from the government. And we see nothing that indicates you have to be a legal resident of the United States to qualify.

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.

And, for God’s sake, we don’t even want to know how many of those filling out a Safelink application are currently stiffing a bank on a mortgage they never really qualified for in the first place.

We think we’re going to have a stroke. Would someone please call 911 on their free cell phone?

Note: Now Assurance Wireless (Virgin) and ReachOut Wireless (Nexus) are in the game. They plus other minor players account for 8 million government phones in circulation.

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Ms. D
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There are a lot of ignorant people who have an established prejudice against anyone who gets federal or state aid. Before you run off at the mouth about who is or isn’t a taxpayer Aubs you really need to wake up. The MAJORITY of people who use any type of aid don’t stay enrolled in the programs for their entire lives and a lot of us even work while getting the benefits. If not having a job doesn’t make you a tax payer then please enlighten me. The last time I checked when the government was tapping into my check every pay period and then I had to come out of the pocket at the end of the year…that qualified me as a tax payer, regardless of the fact that I qualify for aid. This country’s wealth was built off the sweat, blood, misery and enslavement of minorities and since then our nation’s wealth has been unequally distributed to the majority. You wonder why we need these programs? When my husband with a degree, no criminal record, great work ethnic and history and great personality can search and search for work and can only get a minimum wage job…you tell me. Trust me, I get food stamps and if any of you were so unlucky as to lose your job to me, I’d work my ass off a lot harder than most of you combined to take care of my little girl. So until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes (or AT LEAST research the facts and the stats before you form your offensive opinions)…all your petty musings are just that…petty and based in ignorance.

Andrea
Guest

Amen!!

fedup
Guest

“The MAJORITY of people who use any type of aid don’t stay enrolled in the programs for their entire lives and a lot of us even work while getting the benefits.”

I’d say a solid majority (i.e. 100%) of those living in the lower 9th ward dispel this assertion. Seeing some low-life looting and carrying a 50″ plasma through flooded roads, or uniformed cops participating in the looting… Yea. Unfortunately that’s the view Americans get of welfare babies. I bet you many of the people in the L9W had a) never seen a white person, b) never worked a real job in 10 generations (hooking and selling smack does not count), c) never paid taxes, and d) voted like hell this past election.

UhHuh
Guest

I call BS on you, fedup.

The TANF program enacted under Clinton restricts “welfare” payments to four years in a lifetime and only credits TWO kids. So, no matter how many children there might be, only two qualify.

Most of the L9W people OWNED their homes on which they paid property taxes. They worked in the service industries, making hamburgers and cleaning rooms for the people in the Garden district and the tourists. Your stereotypes show you to be part of the problem concerning race relations. As long as idiots like you are running your mouth off about how all minorities are “lazy, evil, dishonest. etc.”, there will never be a resolution.

My dearly departed, lily-white and of German descent grandmother received food stamps when she was hurt on the job, and had to go on disability after losing just about all her assets. Would you call HER a “welfare baby”, lazy or a leech? What about my great-grandfather who is 93 and just retired from work two years ago? He gets EBT now. I would hardly call him a leech on the system. He had to sell most of the assets he accumulated over 75+ years of work and paying into the system before he could get assistance for his second wife who had Alzheimer’s. THAT is what our system expects of people before they “qualify”.

fedup
Guest

Now, now, uh-huh – who’s calling the race card? I didn’t say boo about what race they were. On a hair-trigger are we? And I’m the idiot profiling and stereo-typing? I think you answered your own question Strike 1

Dependents, earned income credits, and child credits on 1040’s are NOT limited by the number of kids you have. Strike 2.

Don’t know your grandmother – sorry. 90% of the money spent on an individual’s healthcare will be spent in the last 2 years of their lives. Quality of live vs. cost to the system must be evaluated. At least with animals we have the luxury of providing them a dignified out.

Joe
Guest

“the luxury of providing them a dignified out.” IS THIS JACK? Come on Kavorkian! Have you ever held a dog you have had for 10 years when she was euthanized? There is no dignity, there is only death.

You are one sick, demented person!

justie
Guest

THE TAX PAYERS ARE NOT PAYING FOR THESE PHONE a compine is and im getting on so i have a for sure message

Aubs
Guest

Any one saying how great this free phone plan is is failing to see the big picture…if you are receiving a free phone then, basically you are not a taxpayer….including vets, elderly, the poor and lastly, those professionals that work to cheat these systems to receive benefits by lying about qualification criteria… which seems to be the majority… just because you work and have a job does not mean you are a taxpayer. Here’s the clincher: basically, if us taxpayers, our children, and our children s children were unburdened by the debt these possibly well intentioned, but nonetheless unconstitutional programs, including unjustified wars, then, we taxpayers would all have more money to spend….which would mean a HIGHER demand for GOODS and SERVICES which would mean more jobs for everyone…including immigrants….then they could buy their own tracfone. The fact that these programs are easily abused is grounds alone for their non-existence. It may seem harsh at first, this point of view…but think about it…60 mins is $20 per month…food stamps are about $160 per month per dependant…Gummit housing ??? I’ll be very conservative here and say $500 per month…so were almost at $800 a month not even counting disability and Medicare….I only pay about $150 a month in taxes……this might foolishly lead me to believe that there are by far more taxpayers than beneficiaries. By beneficiaries I mean ANY recipient of tax dollars directly or indirectly…including social programs, military, banks and corporations…..especially the Fed. Then I remember that my little $150 per month is a payment on the National Deficit…and every time a program like this, or any other Gummit spending is enacted, the time period on the loan that my taxes is repaying, is effectively extended.

If we had our tax money to spend do any of you think for a second that we would not do a better job than Uncle Sam at taking care of those in need? True need? Such as our Vets and severely ill? If companies of this nation were not taxed to death, do you not think they would not only stay here rather than outsource overseas resulting in job loss, but take better care of its employees that make them their healthy profits? There would be a hundred fold of PRIVATE charitable organizations like the Shriners for example. Ahhh but we might have advice, or morality to spread that some may not want to hear that would receive this private charity…like “I’m sorry you have 5 kids and no husband….I know of a charity that gives out free condoms and even shows you how to use them.” Or “I’m sorry you don’t have a phone, but if you cant afford $10-$20 per month for a basic, no-frills local, unlimited use LAND LINE then you are truly an noncontributing member of our society…maybe you could go cut some ones lawn for some scratch as I do.” Or “I’m sorry your parents can’t afford a phone…perhaps you as their offspring should help them financially in their golden years at least one quarter as much as they surely helped you as a child.”

As to this free phone…it is the little things that kill..another performance upgrade for the engine of the vehicle that speeds us towards its destination of socialism. In my opinion of course.

UhHuh
Guest

VETS aren’t taxpayers???? Excuse me for a minute while I check with my father whose very retirement is taxed. He would be happy to put you straight.

That second-to-the-last paragraph says more about how LITTLE you know about what is out there now. Even the Shriners are cutting back on their assistance with medical bills and they only ever picked up the most drastic and neediest cases (for which I personally thank them every day–the only charity I regularly donate to now). Land lines might be cheap, but you have to have a place to live and the ridiculous deposits needed to get them turned on in the first place. To assume that every woman with five kids is a slut says much about you and it isn’t pretty–I know a lot of women with kids whose husbands left them after becoming jobless because that is the only way the women can get help for the kids. Sucks that our society expects a family to break up before it will help. As for kids helping their parents out, that would be nice (and I do send my mother some money when I can), but the kids need to be working a decent job first.

BTW, the tax dollars you pay in ARE supposed to be used for the benefit of the people who pay them. Guess what? Even so-called “illegals” pay into the tax system through rent (which the landlord pays property taxes with), sales taxes, entertainment taxes, gas taxes, utility taxes and all those other “hidden” taxes that EVERYONE pays. Hell, my kid is paying into the tax system already and the child isn’t old enough to hold down a job yet.

janet dow
Guest

In New York it’s 68 free minutes a month. I wish someone would pay for my tracfone, but on top of trying to pay for my family’s needs after NY taxes, fees, surcharges, and anything else they want to call it, I’m also expected to pay for everyone else’s freebies. I’m tired of forking over my hard-earned money only to have it “redistributed” by the government…

Andrea
Guest

First of all lets be honest, if you are in making little to no money then you are getting what you paid in taxes plus some if you have children…. people always use that excuse… I have worked since the age of 15 and I pay my taxes out of my wages like the rest of the world its expecting– but you can’t say honestly that you are paying for this…. unless you are writing the check yourself !! Im sure you want one too!!

Danielle
Guest

I live in Va and it’s 68 mins….. I got a phone because I got laid off. Unemployment isnt that much, so I had to let an expense go. I chose my cell phone and I dont have a house phone. I was planning on getting a prepaid phone when I got my money right. But for now I cant afford it. I heard about these phones, and being a single mom of 2, I needed a phone. Not being able to at least call for help if something happens, scares me, and I pray for God’s protection ever night. So, its a blessing for me right now. I know I have access to a phone, if needed, and I know that the mins given free are limited.

I’m smart with mines, if you call someone on a tracfone and the vm picks up, a whole min is deducted- wheather u leave a message or not.. So, when I call someone I let the phone ring 2-3 times, if there’s no answer I hang up. The ppl I call have caller ID, if they are available to speak to me they will call back.

I check or personalize my vm, when I have access to another phone. This way no mins are deducted.

I send tm to say something simple, that way 30 cents is deducted, instead of a whole min or more.

When my mins run low, if I can’t afford a card, I leave at least 5 mins on my phone. I dont use these mins… I save them in case they are really needed. I also, change my vm greeting and let the ppl calling me know, that my mins are low and if it’s important to leave a vm and I will call them back.

When the tracfone runs out of mins, people can still call u, but the phone will read “tank empty” and the name of the missed caller, will not appear on the screen. By leaving a min or some cents on the phone, this allows u to see who’s call u r missing… and when u get access to another phone call them back.

If you use all the mins… the vm still works… and u can always put on there for the ppl calling u to leave their name, #,and message. I also inform my contacts that it’s a tracfone and not to be forwarding messages and dumb shit to me and not to call me unless it’s important.

My mins usually last each mth, by doing the things I listed above. Yes, I have ran out and I went and purchased a $20 card.

Honestly, there are some ppl out there committing fraud. Some ppl have safelink phones and they dont even rec’v benefits from the government, they checked a box when they filled out the online application.

Others have safelink phones, not only for themselves but for their children as well, and who ever else they could sign up. They simply put in their children’s name, change the birth yr (if under 18)- so the child will appear to be 18 yrs or older, and then send it to a different address.

Apparently, they want to give away these phones because they aren’t really checking on the ppl they are sending them to.

Andrea
Guest

I would agree, with you on this- but even so small children for some families need phones and pre-paid phones are sometimes worse then being on a contract!! But you just told people how to beat the system with your explanation!!

Sue
Guest

I don’t care when it started the “taxpayers” are paying for it. I didn’t even know about it until someone I know has one told me. In the state of Virginia it’s 140 minutes.

jimmy
Guest

you all cant be like that, when u dont understand where alot of us are coming from.. yeah there are poeple out there that take advantage of free stuff, my family arent one of them… my dad is a proud man who worked most of his life in the army while my mom worked her ass off raising 5 kids and working full time… my parents cant live off the crap they call retirement pay they give him so my mom got one of these phones with only 68 mins on it to keep in touch with her kids and grandkids if u want to talk shit go complain to the government and leave us alone… if you work good for you atleast you got a job oh and while your complaining to the bastards in office tell em to help out the vets that fought for this hell hole and help out the fallen vets fams that need help to… not all of us americans are lazy it just seems our country that we are supposed to be sooo proud of screws most of us over… get real poeple who u really pissed off at….

Miranda
Guest

This isn’t very fair.
I am currently waiting for my safelink phone.
All we get is 68 minutes a month. That isn’t SHIT. I don’t have a job. Can’t find a job, but I have two very young [ages 2 and 1] kids and I have to have a phone. I have to make doctor’s appointments, get a ride, go to the store, etc.
It is to my understanding…you have to be receiving help from the government, i.e. food stamps, medicaid, ktap, etc. That is why I qualify.
It isn’t right for those of you BITCHING about having to work for what you’ve got when SOME of us would like to have a job PERIOD…
It’s not fair for you to criticize people like us that really need help.

fedup
Guest

1) “All we get is 68 minutes a month. That isn’t shit.”

Example of another tit-sucking entitlement-minded waste of humanity with the typical “My govvament done nuffin fo me.” attitude. How about a a nice THANK YOU to those were ROBBED to give you those “shit 68 minutes”?

2) “I don’t have a job, can’t find a job, but I have two very young kids and I have to have a phone.”

Example of ad decisions and their consequences. This is where your right to reproduce and your right to happiness conflict because of your low income. This is a very predicable equation, and one that you should have figured out with the FIRST child? I digress. You choose to have not one, but two expensive babies. You recognize that you need a phone. Dilemma. What to do. Good thing that big fat government tit will come down to solve this issue. Just latch on suck it hard – right of out my (and every other responsible, taxpaying, non-breeding) pocket.

3) “…You have to be receiving help from the government… that’s why I qualify”

So we’ve established that you’ve got multiple payouts going… great.

4) “It isn’t right for those of you BITCHING about having to work for what you’ve go… ”

Now see, this is the fatal flaw in the argument. I don’t think any of us that are working, and paying for our services are bitching about not getting them for free. Personally, I would not take a handout even if I was entitled to it. You seem to imply that people are bitching because they aren’t getting it for free. On the contrary… We’re upset that we’re working so that YOU can get it for free. In other words, NO ONE should be getting free services from tax money. If you need support, solicit it from a charity, a church, a fund raiser. Goign to the government for free stuff is THEFT from those who are paying for it.

6) “Some of us would like to have a job PERIOD…”

We, with a ‘why me’, ‘where’s my help’, ‘you’re bitching because you ain’t gettin it for free like me” attitude, I don’t have a difficult time understanding your job search problems.

kaj
Member

That’s good fedup: “right to reproduce & right to happiness conflict because of low income”. Nicely put.

karen
Guest

The Safelink Wireless free cell phone program was set up so if you were to poor to afford a cell phone you could have what they consider a EMERGENCY PHONE! i dont know how people at a soup kitchen were taking photos as the phones they give you (at least in ny) are a basic tracphone you can buy at any walgreens here the cheapest model running about $10,tracphone has always been free celluar service as its pay by minutes.yes you do get 68 free mins a month but thats nothing if you’ve ever used a cell phone.I myself qualified for it with paystubs (Because I do work!)not already being on goverment “freebies” as stated in article and I was very happy to have when my car broke down and i had no way else to call for help with a 7month baby with me it was a life saver.I’m sure there are people who are abusing this program but there are some like me that are using it for what it was meant for….And there are plenty of people who abuse other programs and work off the books and etc.so with all the garbage our goverment has spent on useless stuff and all the taxes we pay in ny I think its great they gave me a $10 phone and $10 worth a minutes FOR EMERGENCIES! at least i’m getting something back from my taxes!

royce
Guest

I also forgot the program was further during President George W. Bush’s era in the White House by Two Repubilcan FCC chairman, but again due to the privously mention act which was signed by President Bill Clinton. Also common criticism of the bill was corporate greed going amuck. Also was not supported by consumer advocates such a Ralph Nader.

royce
Guest

Take a minute a do a little research. First, this service is not available in Washington D.C. Secondly, if you took the time to go to the website you’ll notice the Motorola phone picture on the website. It is the W175, which does not have a camera phone. Third, if you were to get this service, you only get 68 airtime minutes. That means if you budget yourself for the month, you get to use 2.25 minutes per day. I haven’t been able to find anything concrete, but the business side of me is screaming huge discount to the government for bringing me all of those customers poor customers who will find it hard just to use 68 minutes a month. Now I’m going to charge them the regular going rate to purchase more minutes. Yeah, anything over 68 mins. have to be purchased by the user. Lastly, for you all that think this is a Dem. program, not. The history of this goes back to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Reviewed, debated, and sent to the President by a Republican congress (104th). While I can’t find how the house voted, I can tell you how the Senate voted on this bill. There were only 5 nays, 4 Democrat and one lone Republican, John McCain. Please people before you believe these bias websites, blogs, commenters (Lib. and Conserve.) research what they are saying to you before you rush to an opinion about a subject. The life of Our Country is at stake. By the way, it only took me an hour and a DSL connection to search for the above information, no great effort was involved.

Dede
Guest

Excuse me G but this program started under Bush. FYI in 2001 he added 6 million more people to get tax rebates that never paid in. Don’t go bashing if ya don’t know the facts.

piousminion
Member

Some authorities go back even further and say the Obama Phone program can trace its roots back to the Clinton administration because that’s when the Federal Communications Commission authorized a subsidy for landline telephones as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Act authorized subsidized landline telephones for America’s needy. …but no, Bush’s fault totally, right? Pfft.

denni
Guest

i wanted to leave a comment here because i can see that you are all angry about this program. i was investigating Safelink Wireless as a scam when i found this web site and wanted to reply. i have recently been helping a war veteran who has been homeless for fourty four years. the reason? no one cared. he cant get to the va for help without food, $ or gasoline if a veteran happens to have a vehicle. which most dont. they cant get jobs if they have no place to wash or a way to get there. they cant get assistance from the social security office if they dont have a phone. this fact i found out about friday. these people dont want to talk to me about the veteran . they want to talk to the veteran. so im trying to get the phone for jimmy. or they wont help him. there are many reasons why this will benefit american service men. but i agree these good intentions will be abused. im hoping that it will help jimmy and others like him,though.

mike
Guest

the homeless situation is scary and there are way too many homeless veterans out there. The homeless are not looking for a handout, some people need assistance to get back on their own two feet. I don’t think we should we can count them out. I think that the average person can make a difference by donating time, NOT MONEY. Even taking leftovers to a homeless person can show them that they are not forgotten, or old clothes. Any one of us could end up homeless – college graduates, veterans, the disabled, elderly, and so on. My girlfriend and I used to drive around with bags of fast food for the homeless. Not one asked for alcohol or money. They were very greatful.

Administrator
Guest

Paul, no, you are in fact very good at spelling four letter words. You’ve merely been disemvoweled. We don’t care much for foul language here. Learn some new words and give it another shot.

Paul
Guest

I see you have nothing better to do then try to make people who see the true point of your post look like idiots who can’t spell, You should be very proud of yourselves.. Do me a favor ok? Find a cliff and jump off of it.

marilyn
Guest

Hey hang on maybe we’ll all get every single thing we ever do in life FREE in the near future! Forget working. Why do it at all? I think we oughta all QUIT ! I work really hard to get what I need. But you know what? I think I’ll quit so I TOO can get all this free stuff like free cell phones from Safelink! Then I can sleep most the day if I wanna! Now that it’s explained to me and I understand that I dont really HAVE to do anything….hey! It’s a good plan and my President seems to think it’s A-ok!

Marc
Guest

I’d hold on before you quit your job. The reason I say this is because about 2 years ago, I suffered from end stage renal disease (kidney failure). I was only 46 years old and it damned near killed me. They told me that it had caused a lot of damage to my body. I had a heart attack and a mini stroke along with it. I was working full time and all of a sudden I was told that I could no longer work and that I had to go on total disability. And even though I had been paying into it for over 30 years I still feel incredibly guilty for receiving it. Social Security is now paying for my $96,000 per year dialysis treatments and everything else. I feel incredibly guilty for this. I want so desperately to work and pay my own way but I can’t. I’ve even thought about just stopping my dialysis. To me, it would just be so much honorable than sucking off of the government just to stay alive.

Anyway, the reason that I said all of this is to let you know that you would not be happy doing this. I’ve been, as a lot of you have said, been sucking off the government for over 2 years now and I HATE it. I want no part of it and especially THIS government (oh, don’t get me started on this Obama botched abortion of a government!). Man, I got sidetracked again. Anyway, don’t quit your job because while you may like it at first, I can guarantee that you’ll soon come to hate it and yourself for doing it.

As far as these free cell phones from Safelink go, I for one, even though I would definitely qualify for one and have a use for one would never want one.

UhHuh
Guest

Don’t feel guilty. What happened to you is NOT your fault and all that money you paid into the system was like insurance premiums for disasters like yours. I cannot help but think people are “guilting” you into believing you are a leech and that cannot be further from the truth.

I feel sorry for you that you would think you are undeserving of what you paid for.

Paul
Guest

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G
Guest

Just one more fact in the life in the “OBAMA NATION… remember…

It’s OBAMA’s nation we just “PAY” here.

To the “da baddest Bitch”‘s comment …. WE ARE’NT HATING ….. We’re just tired of paying for everything that everyone who dosen’t do anything at all to get the rewards of hard work has….. Nevermind… I’m not wasting anymore time on your comment… I have to get back to WORK so that I can pay for your safelink wireless phone service

“G”

BobOD
Guest

This is like the Dr. Zuess tale the star bellied sneaches.
Many working people show detest for the non working. Just like some whites do not like blacks and thin people do not care for heavy people. To them it seems like a logical thing to do but their logic is flawed. possibly due to lack of empathy. Some heavy people have a disease that is no fault of their own.
Color of skin is simple a color. Many out of work people are their because of disability, health issues etc. They are not all deadbeats, similarly not all CEOs are corrupt people. Think less about ME and more about others because you never know what you will do or what may happen to you before you die.

UhHuh
Guest

If they want more minutes, they have to PAY for them. The phones are not any different than the freebies one gets when signing up for service with any regular provider. People need phones to be contacted for job interviews, child care issues and the rest. Most phone companies require outrageous deposits for land lines–something a person looking for work is not going to have.

FTR: I work and I pay for my REGULAR service. However, if it will keep someone from stealing my phone, I am all for giving them a cheap-ass TracPhone.

Administrator
Guest

Actually, it is different. Safelink Wireless give free phones to people, and if they do not use over the number of minutes, there is no charge whatsoever. Nothing.

da baddest bitch
Guest

yall bitches need to stop hating

fedup
Guest

Yea, bitches… there’s plenty of government tit to go around. Just reach up, squeeze and enjoy. No need work… Idiocracy here we come. Sick thing is, da baddest bitch’s vote counted just as much as mine. And thats why the system will never change.

ct
Guest

i hope you free cell phone users can sleep at night knowing there are children that dont have food or shelter, but you have a cell phone.

kim
Guest

I can sleep very well at night with my free cell phone knowing that if I need to call 911 for one of my three children, one being autistic, I can. My husband lost his job and we had to let every extra luxury go to survive. No cable, no internet(free library use) no paid cell service. We are living on just the basics. I cannot even afford the land line telephone service here that runs a monopoly with no choice. Don’t talk down the people that need the service before you know where they come from. It is not our fault the company moved over seas. Talk to the government that is sending all those jobs away. With the phone it doesn’t even let you know the phone number so you can’t give out the number. No voicemail. You can just call out. Emergency use because it is so limited. It comes preactivated and you only get 60 minutes a month and your income has to be reviewed yearly. Know what your talking about before you start dissing people. I need to be able to stay in touch with my sons doctor and emergency services if needed.

Britton
Member

“Quote” With the phone it doesn’t even let you know the phone number so you can’t give out the number. No voicemail. You can just call out. “End Quote”

Like all prepaid cell phone’s (or any phone) it does have a phone number. Look in the pre-paid option on the menu and it says “phone number” if you go in that it shows you the phones number and you can even see its serial number and other information.

I would be quite useless if you could not receive a call on it. To check and see if voice mail is available just press and hold the 1 key for a few seconds and it should call voice mail. Unless the phone is just that worthless.

kim
Guest

My cell phone is blank under that menu option…just got the preactivated phone yesterday…no phone number…press and hold one for voice mail a recording comes on and says this service not available for safelink services. I know how cell phones work this phone is for true emergencies only.

fedup
Guest

Well, if that’s true, then about 90% of the arguments made here about it being a ‘blessing’ for those homeless looking for potential employers calling them, is hose manure. IMO, that makes this all the more of an outrage!

BTW, unemployment benefits that are taxed, are not the same as you paying taxes on the fruits of your labor. If you have no job, the income you receive is FREE. If you happen to only get 80% of what they tell you you’re getting, it’s still FREE.

kaj
Member

Fact: You only need a working phone to call 911, no minutes. FCC regulations require cell carriers to handle 911 calls from any phone, whether that phone has a contract or not. So the 911 excuse don’t fly ’round here.

“”Know what your talking about before you start dissing people. I need to be able to stay in touch with my sons doctor and emergency services if needed.””

It’s too bad that you have difficulties in your life. What gives you the right to shift that burden to other people?

kim
Guest

The same rights that you have. I am paying for my things too. We pay taxes on the unemployment we get and through my job. I am a tax payer too. Using what I have paid in all these years. Wait until next year when Obama screws your job up then tell me your not using what you paid into the revenue service. I need to call the doctor too about medications and adjustments that won’t cost the tax payers a doctors appointment too. God forbid because of people like you. I work fulltime and I homeschool 3 children, my children rank 4 in state EOG tests every year and all have straight A’s and get Outstanding Citizen Awards from the county we live in helping others. Don’t dare talk to me like I am a low life. Just getting a little help while I need it unlike some who scam the system for years. An autistic child on medication and therapy and losing health insurance that we paid for years is not a fun time.

kaj
Member

KIM…….The same rights I have? Show me in the constitution where a telephone is a “right”.

Don’t even lecture me about living on the edge, lol. I haven’t had a full time job in 4 years. I do not have medical ins, so I have to pay for medicine out of my pocket every month. I also have managed to pay for my own cell phone all this time. I have survived without ever taking a penny from the gov’t….no unemployment, no foodstamps, no freebies of any kind. But I’m not here to play “Who’s The Poorest”.

It boils down to what is right, and what is wrong. If it is wrong for me to mug someone at gunpoint to get money for something, then it is just as wrong if I get some liberal buddies in the government to do it for me…. which is what this phone program does. It takes money from some people by force, to hand it to others who did not earn it.

Britton
Member

It’s hatin’ sorta like I axed you a question….Get it right!

Administrator
Guest

We are hearing reports from readers that they are seeing ads for these free government phones from Safelink Wireless. So, we’re not only paying for the phones and airtime, we’re paying for commercials.

Liberty
Guest

I don’t have a free cell phone & I dial up because I can’t afford anything else. I have a job.

mike
Guest

I hope things improve for you and the rest of us that have dial up. We need more and better paying jobs. No more GM bailouts – let ford grow larger and hire the GM guys. Clip coupons, make the kids turn of the lights and TV when they are not in the room. Shades over windows will save a fortune even in an apartment. Plan car trips during low traffic hours. I hope that even one suggestion here does something to help someone.

Jude
Guest

Can we really expect anything better from the government?

fedup
Guest

Or humanity. With very few exceptions, humanity dictates that if there is a ‘free-ride’ or a way to cut corners, man will find a way – even at the expense of others.

Sybil
Guest

This is making me sick!!!

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