First It Was Free Digital Boxes For TVs, Now It's Free Cell Phones For Welfare Recipients. Can Free Home Theatre Systems Be Far Behind?

1-25-09

“…and so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

-John F. Kennedy January 20, 1961

Whatever happened to sanity in America?

Little wonder why government from the top down in this country is going broke and running eye popping deficits.

It’s seems the state of Alabama is going to have to wait awhile before it can start a new program to distribute “free” cell phones and service to the state’s “poor.” The hitch seems to be a federal requirement that the phones must be compatible with 9-1-1 systems throughout the state which really bums the cell phone company pushing the deal that stands to make them a nice profit.

TracFone Wireless is the company doing their best to get their product into the hands of people that will no doubt enjoy the free phone along with 68 minutes of free yacking and texting time per month. When the folks burn through the 68 minutes they are subsequently charged 20 cents a minute surely resulting in making these folks even “more poorer.” No worries for TracFone though as it will all add up nicely on top of the 10 bucks a month the government pays them per phone issued.

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It seems this company found a hole that a truck could drive through in FCC regulations that provide federal subsidies originally meant to bring telephone and 911 service to the poor and to people in isolated areas. The light bulb went off and bingo someone within the company knew they found a gold mine which has already produced results in four other states.

This taxpayer funded freebie is designated for people on government assistance programs or who meet low-income thresholds and under those standards approximately 560,000 Alabama households would qualify for the free phones and 68 minutes a month. It’s not spelled out in the accompanying article how these people are supposed to pay the charges when they go over the alloted time but I’m sure my fellow taxpayers probably have an answer for that question.

read all about it here…

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One Response to First It Was Free Digital Boxes For TVs, Now It's Free Cell Phones For Welfare Recipients. Can Free Home Theatre Systems Be Far Behind?

  1. Zed says:

    The individual who has “researched” this alleged free cell phone issue is either a terrible student or less than forthcoming with his/her background agenda. Fact Check shows the proof:
    http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/the-obama-phone/

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