https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx -you may qualify if…You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid. OR Your total household income is at our below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your State and/or the Federal Government. AND No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier. -currently offering service in parts of Delaware, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia with plans to begin offering service soon in the States listed: Arizona Puerto Rico Illinois Texas Kentucky Washington Missouri Ohio

  • http://www.freestufftimes.com Chris
  • karen

    No TEXAS!!!! :cry:

  • Tymes13

    No California ….Rats …Gracias Chris

  • karen

    I got a huge USA flag yesterday…AWesome! Thanks Chris! :kiss:

  • momofbee

    :io:

  • Smiley

    :wavey:

  • momofbee

    :wavey: Hey Smiley, Wiley…
    I’m glad that you got your cute magic eraser! :kekeke:

  • http://www.freestufftimes.com Chris

    Nice! Ive heard of a few people getting that one so far :cool:

  • Smiley

    Hellooo :wavey: It is cute. :kekeke:

  • Becky

    OK….so this makes me freakin’ sick! This is a gov’t sponsored program…tell me why MY tax dollars are going to buy cell phone for low income people…grrrrrrrrr :mad:

  • Smiley

    :hs: :hs:

  • Smiley

    Thanks for the Betty Crocker stuff :yum:

  • Kmarie

    I believe they can only use it for emergencys etc. my friend had one and she could only call out. her son is autistic and she is low income so maybe that is why.

  • Kmarie

    I love those warm delights :yum:

  • marioswifey

    im so upset i would so quilify for this but nope they dont have it in texas :cry:

  • Smiley

    hello miss TX :kiss: :wavey: Im sorry you dont qualify.

  • Smiley

    I had one stolen from me :kekeke:

  • Jamie

    I don’t need this. But its good for emergencies for the people who do.

  • Jamie

    Oh.. and guess what.. I got my first 5.00 ECB’s today!! I’m so proud of myself!

  • Smiley

    :wavey: YAY! I am proud of you too :kiss: :wiggle: :h5:

  • Smiley

    omg sometimes the high five smiley moves very fast.. wow, it makes my eyeballs spin.

  • Naomi

    68 minutes of airtime per month for Tennessee people who qualify. Most low income people can’t afford an emergency cellphone, the pay as you go minutes are outrageous. This is an awesome program! I’m hoping :fingersx: my state will happen sometime!

  • Ava

    hi guys ~ what are house parties? :dunno: thanks!

  • Kmarie

    LOL I had two and hid them from my bf

  • Carina

    :mad: these figging ppl toke down or sliding door and toke down the sides from the balcony so now its just the platform!!! wtf!!! i need to make frigging lunch they need to come back and frigging finish it i cant do anything because i have to watch adrian not going near the balcony :mad:

  • Naomi

    I’m more concerned with how much our tax dollars go to buying 300.00 dollar toilet seats and 200.00 dollar hammers for the military. :kekeke:

  • Kmarie

    Houseparties is a website that you sign up to do parties…I’ve never recieved one so maybe someone else can explain better :o

  • Jamie

    LMAO!! :rofl: :rofl:

  • Kmarie

    :kekeke: :bigthumb:

  • Ava

    aw, well i dont get half the free stuff i sign up for on here if that makes u feel better!

  • Melissa

    yet another waste of tax dollars.

  • stucko879

    I think this program is a great idea. I don’t understand why you think this is a waste of tax dollars. There are thousands of people in this country who simply can’t afford phone service. Not to mention the elderly people who may not have phone service because they are spending all their money on the high prices of the medications they need to live! I know that if my mom didn’t have a phone and was in a situation where she needed medical attention and couldn’t get it I would be very upset. If this program can help people out I am all for it. I think all too often people only see things one way and don’t want to look at other ways a program can be useful for.

  • andrea

    I got one too and it came with a coupon for a free wise product.

  • sheri

    Wouldn’t it be great if individuals could allocate our tax dollars to programs that would benefit my family and I..for instance i would love most of my tax dollars to go to ALL public schools having FREE preschool for kids that are 4. Unfortunately my kids have to stay home because we can’t afford to pay for preschool and it’s not available at the elmentary school they will be attending..but my brother’s grandkids all get to go for free because they are in a low income area…how is that fair?..because the gov’t assumes we can pay for it??….emergency cell phones isn’t really an issue for me.

  • http://www.freestufftimes.com Chris

    government programs are always controversial. I don’t really have a big problem with this one because there are so many other wasteful ones out there that probably have 100 times the budget of this. It’s also a very small thing when you compare it to the billions spent on programs for countries that americans don’t even live in, war, etc..

  • sheri

    :bigthumb: well said!

  • rainbow bright81

    have yall seen th movie zeitgeist?????it tells where tax dollars really go…and it kinda has an interesting take on other stuff too….i would watch it if u can get it. :eek3: :eek3: :eek3:

  • bgpgirl

    I second that chickie. :h5:

  • Tymes13

    Yeah If We Only Knew What The Gov. Spends On We Would Really Trip ….Like For Instance, That New Digital Broadcast Were You Have To Get A Digital Box To Watch T,v Thats A Gov Sponsered Program, With Coupons Given Out In Exsess Of 70 Million Dollars….Why Not Leave T.V Alone ?….But Obama Is On His Way …lol

  • bgpgirl

    I don’t mind my tax dollars going to programs that help people that need assistance or are considered below the poverty level. Be it food stamps, medical cards, etc…not everyone in this country is fortunate enough not to need these type of programs. :(

  • Smiley

    It was on Youtube, but half of the things in that movie are BS.. The religion part, that is.

  • bgpgirl

    Yep, he sure is…maybe he will be able to clean up the mess that his predecessor is leaving for him to deal with. :eek3: :kekeke:

  • Smiley

    It was very interesting movie though. It was. But don’t believe part 1. There is a lack of evidence, oh and… they mix a lot of s**t up.

  • Smiley

    Okay, see you all later. SIGH, I want to stay.

  • Heather

    :bigthumb: :bigthumb:

  • momofbee

    I think it should be available to EVERYONE! That is my only problem with these sort of programs. It’s a nice idea, but just because you aren’t getting gov’t assitance, doesn’t mean you don’t need this.

  • leigh

    1% of your taxes goes to welfare programmes. would you like to know how much is funding KILLING PEOPLE? :noes:

  • sheri

    :bigthumb: right on!

  • leigh

    like i said above. 1% goes to welfare programmes. you would be better off being ticked about the people in congress who get paid for life for one term or are so old and decrepid that the last time they worked was 20 years ago. yet they still get paid. how about how much is alloted to KILL PEOPLE? or toilet seats like someone said above. dont get upset about public help programmes get upset about the WASTE!! :bigthumb:

  • leigh

    thanks chris! well said :wiggle:

  • marioswifey

    :wavey: hi smiley i e=went and layed down and fell asleep now i have to go get my daughter from school my son is homebecause hes sick but i hate riding the dang bus my car wont start :cry:

  • marioswifey

    ok let me say something some of the people who gets help from the government lso pay taxes like me and my family my husband is the only one who works and not because im lazy and wont work but because my diabetes makes me so sick all the time and im only 27 and i didnt take care of m self for so long i started having other problema but they are fixed now my husband works and pays alot of money in taxes but yes we get foodstamps we have 2 kids to take car of and we pay alot of bils but there is women who get foodstamps and say they dont have money when in fact they have a bf or husband that works and makes really good money i hate when people put all the people on food stamps down when i shouldnt be put down at least i am not being a lier and getting more foodstamps or welfare then i should.

  • http://myemptycanvas.spaces.live.com MyEmptyCanvas

    :io:

  • RILEYXRSMOM

    im one of the ones who cant afford a home phone so i use a cell which is 1 rate for unlimited minutes and text. im glad they are going to help people

  • MERI

    amen to that!Well said!Toooooshhhaaayyyyyy :h5:

  • James

    This is correct. Basically, they’re providing the cheapest tracphone (which is $9 retail) and a 68 minute card (about $10 retail each month) who then have to buy more minutes at tracphone rates if they go over that 68 minute allotment each month. Now that pay phones are much harder to find, this plan seems to be a decent compromise to providing a wired basic phone with metered access for free. For anyone who is worried that their tax dollars are being mis-spent, poor people are not going to get iPhone 3Gs with unlimited talk and wireless internet access for free. They are not providing cell phones for all members of the family … only one per household. All cellphones (as far as I know) can dial 911, so for 911-type emergencies, even this plan isn’t needed. I don’t get too upset at any services like this that are provided, because who knows when *I* might need to access a service like that? More than a few Americans are just a paycheck or two away from declaring bankruptcy. I suppose the person who was upset at the idea of a poor person getting a communications device is also upset at the taxes he pays for public transportation…heaven forbid that people who can’t afford to drive be able to access reliable transportation for less per month than a tank of gas for his Escalade.

  • Kris

    No Wisconsin… :cry:

  • bgpgirl

    Thank you so much for your compassionate post. Very intelligent and well put…not to mention so true. :bigthumb: :kiss:

  • Janiart

    at first it might seem that this is providing a luxury to the poor, but if we think about it a little bit, it makes better sense. they aren’t giving them $400 phones with an unlimited text plan…it’s a plain phone for basic communication.

    i think it’s wonderful that single mothers who can’t afford a land line are being given something we all take for granted – communication.

    can you imagine not being able to put a phone number on a job application? how about disabled persons, they might need to call their doctors or arrange home health services.

    there are many people who cannot afford the deposits and installation and activation fees for phone service…but do need to be able to communicate with their children and/or elderly relatives. or need to have a phone for their job.

    so, while it sounds like government waste, it actually might help some people move upward a little bit.

  • donald r askee

    I need a phone !!!! anyone know of any free cells and air time ?? please help i now have internet connect yea!! and if i had a cell phone i could make $$$$ wich I’m in do or die sercomestance i need a hand to become self suficiant if any one can help me i would gladly repay the favor 10X i will sucseed if i can just hook a phone to start my buissness help !!!! please !!!!!

  • Blaine

    Because in this day and age a phone is a requirement for a lot of things in life. Such as finding employment, being able to stay in contact with your childrens shools and many other things. And unfortunately everybody isn’t sitting up on the same high horse that you are and can’t afford a phone. :mad:

  • jimmyhat

    How about getting them a job first, so they can help pay for a phone? I’m sure the gub’mint can think up SOME way for them to earn it.

  • jimmyhat

    OMG! another gub’mint gimme program! I’d stand in line but i’m too busy earning money for the rest of everyone here who thinks they DESERVE/NEED/ENTITLED to things like these when in fact, they are gaming the system, yet again.

  • James

    What appears to be a government “gimme” program is actually a clever marketing scheme by TracPhone to get more people into their network and service. Tracphone agrees to donate the cheapest possible refurbished phone available and a retail $18 card monthly which translates to 30 minutes of talk time on Tracphone’s network (hint-the wholesale cost of 30 minutes of cell phone time is far far less than that retail $18). If someone wants to talk more than 30 minutes per month, they are *NOT* given any additional free minutes by Tracphone or the government. They must purchase Tracphone refill cards at rates as high as 60 cents per minute to continue using the phone for that month!! In order to trap low-income residents into a high price-per-minute phone service, Tracphone makes it appear as if they are working with the government and that this is a government benefit. While the qualification criteria is government poverty-line based; make no mistake that this is not a pie-in-the-sky handout. It is the classic razor-and-blades business model (or printer-and-ink model) … give the phone away along with a paltry number of minutes per month and make these low-income citizens pay a private for-profit company through the nose. I’m against the program now (was in favor before, see a previous post of mine), not because the poor don’t deserve to have access to communication, but because this is something that is based behind Tracphone’s business. A true government plan would give the citizen a choice of prepaid phone companies, not force them into the most expensive by far of all the cellphone companies. All you who are against this for “anti-welfare” reasons need to see the light and buy stock in Tracphone if it’s publicly traded. This kind of “low-income service” is better than poll taxes, payday loan sharks, high-fee check cashing stores, and rent-to-own stores that make you pay a total of $2000 for a computer you can buy for $550 elsewhere. It’s just another way to keep the poor poor.

  • Rashar

    :run:

  • gladys koenig

    :uh: can ya help me. i have the phone but forgot my phone number…sometimes when u get older u get forgetful hope u can help. :run: :io: :io: :kekeke:

  • Secret

    Yes I agree….I am actually one of those people that do need the assistance though I am not proud to be but I do work as well some of us arent as lucky to be in rich families or in good jobs…in all fairness i look at it as i work at my job and put in 100% everyday therefore I am actually its my tax dollars that is helping me and not everyone elses….I try to look at positive things and outcomes and yet you always seem to have one of those “brats” you know the rich and popular thinks they are better than the rest in every crowd…. Those who like to help thank you and i try my best to help others in any way i can because you never know the outcome it might save lives and it might one day restore hope

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