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Old 08-18-2013, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I've been searching for a cheaper cell phone service all day. All I ever do is talk and text. I knew there was a "lifeline" service for landlines for cheap phone service for low income people. But, I had no idea there was a free service for cell phones. But there are! I actually qualify for a free phone and 250 text and 250 mins talk each month free! They're govt subsidized.

Here's a website that will work if you're in CA and some other states:

Lifeline Cell Phone Service Provider | Assurance Wireless

That's the one I printed out an application for.

The first one I checked out doesn't serve CA, but might serve where you are if the above doesn't cover your area:

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enr...c/NewHome.html

If you know of any other free cell services, please share. Cheers!
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: The South
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You are welcome.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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LOL! I also posted this in frugal living forum. I never watch the news and hadn't heard about the Obamaphone. Too funny. Oh well, I paid taxes all my life. I'm gonna love my "free" phone that I paid for over 40 years of paying taxes
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:23 AM
 
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LOL! I also posted this in frugal living forum. I never watch the news and hadn't heard about the Obamaphone. Too funny. Oh well, I paid taxes all my life. I'm gonna love my "free" phone that I paid for over 40 years of paying taxes
That's not paid for with taxes, it's paid for with the Universal Service Fund on other phone users both cell and landlines.


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Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies - WSJ.com

Suspecting that many of the new subscribers were ineligible, the Federal Communications Commission tightened the rules last year and required carriers to verify that existing subscribers were eligible. The agency estimated 15% of users would be weeded out, but far more were dropped.

A review of five top recipients of Lifeline support conducted by the FCC for the Journal showed that 41% of their more than six million subscribers either couldn't demonstrate their eligibility or didn't respond to requests for certification.
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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yep its paid for by other phone users being taxed. some politically like to call it a fee.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I've been searching for a cheaper cell phone service all day. All I ever do is talk and text. I knew there was a "lifeline" service for landlines for cheap phone service for low income people. But, I had no idea there was a free service for cell phones. But there are! I actually qualify for a free phone and 250 text and 250 mins talk each month free! They're govt subsidized.

Here's a website that will work if you're in CA and some other states:

Lifeline Cell Phone Service Provider | Assurance Wireless

That's the one I printed out an application for.

The first one I checked out doesn't serve CA, but might serve where you are if the above doesn't cover your area:

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enr...c/NewHome.html

If you know of any other free cell services, please share. Cheers!
What do you say???

"Thank you."
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