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AT&T's Cricket Brand to Cut Off Lifeline Service

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Another reason mergers are bad


Jun 4, 2014, 1:27 PM
The FCC should have wrote this in as a stipulation that lifeline and poor customers who rely on service be migrated.
T Bone

Jun 4, 2014, 2:43 PM
Honestly, the Lifeline service is being very badly abused right now, it is supposed to be available only to the poorest of the poor, people who cannot afford phone service any other way, but often people sign up who aren't even poor at all, they never do a credit or background check, or make any effort to determine eligibility.

There are bloggers online who have incomes of hundreds of thousands of dollars a year who, just to prove a point that the program is getting out of control, successfully signed up for multiple times and received a bunch of free phones, and documented it right on their blog. They were so desperate to sign someone one that they didn't even bother to do a credit check.

I have no problem with the program itself,...

Jun 4, 2014, 8:57 PM
I've seen Cricket customers go into a store and buy a 500 or 600 dollar phone and get the lifeline discount on the service... perhaps if they lived within their means and didn't buy expensive items they didn't need they wouldn't always be so broke and they wouldn't require the government to help subsidize their life...

Jun 7, 2014, 2:03 AM
Why stop with cellphones? Let's reform the entire entitlement system.

Jun 8, 2014, 12:32 PM
I happen to agree with what T-Bone says, it is an abused system, which you pay for it inside your bill if you're post paid. I wouldn't mind it so much if it was used for the exact intended purpose as a lifeline.

Jun 9, 2014, 9:40 AM
I'm agreeing too. I just see this as a minuscule facet of an overbearing problem in much need of an overhaul.

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