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TracFone's SafeLink Service Now Available in Massachusetts

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Feb 5, 2009, 10:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today TracFone announced that its SafeLink service is now available to the low-income households in the state of Massachusetts. SafeLink is a free cell phone service that provides a free cell phone, free access to 911 emergency services and 80 minutes of airtime per month to qualifying households for a period of one year. The phone and service include voicemail, text, call waiting, international calling to over 60 destinations and caller ID. The program is funded by the Universal Service Fund through contributions made by telecommunications companies and collections of the Universal Service Charge billed to cell phone users. The idea is to provide basic telephony and emergency services to those who may otherwise be unable to afford it.

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jlperez11

Feb 5, 2009, 1:39 PM

Really?

Really, can someone give me a description of who is so poor that needs a phone? Are we giving these phones to homeless people who have no one to call yet they should be provided with warm shelters instead of phones, or are we providing these phones to Shameka @ the urban projects so she can call her sista and continue to milk the welfare system. like really? Somehow i woudn't care if it wasn't that you cant buy a phone plan under 50 bucks yet i have a feeling that all those free phones are being paid with working peoples shoulders who pay their bill, and need a phone. liberal massachussets at its best.
jlperez11 said:
Really, can someone give me a description of who is so poor that needs a phone? Are we giving these phones to homeless people who have no one to call yet they should be provided with warm shelters instead of phones,
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First of all why is it your business who gets what. Sounds to me like you my freind are a racist.
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jlperez11 said:
Really, can someone give me a description of who is so poor that needs a phone? Are we giving these phones to homeless people who have no one to call yet they should be provided with warm shelters instead of phones,
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Cervantez

Feb 5, 2009, 8:39 PM

Lifeline

If anyone knows anything around Lifeline, than you know how it's exploited now as is. This other program will take exploitation of our tax money to new heights.
It's not really a tax per-se, since not everyone pays it.
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Ronaldthe1

Feb 5, 2009, 5:57 PM

well from someone whos worked around these freebies before...

it may be a good program for select few but 98% of it well be abused phones lost or traded for drugs.
i used to be over a contract to repair low in come (aka govt income only) houseing its mostly people thats 3rd, 4th and yes even 5th genration just living off the govt checks poping kids out and enjoying all the drugs their checks buy.
Remember, you can qualify for "poverty" in america by having a home/apartment, having a car, having cable tv, and a cellphone.


I'm not saying that there arn't people that really need help, I'm saying that the system doesnt work because it does no...
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calif1mc

Feb 5, 2009, 8:24 PM

The Golden Rule

It seems many in here have forgotten it, "Do unto others as you would have done unto you", as well as the Good Samaritan, and the "Judge not unrighteously, lest ye be judged".
 
 
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