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  1. #1 Poor in Colorado may get free phones 
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    Thousands of low-income Coloradans reliant on public assistance could get a free cellphone under a plan before the state Public Utilities Commission.

    If approved, the plan by TracFone Wireless in Miami would make Colorado the 17th state it has settled into with free cell service for the indigent, a form of wireless welfare that proponents say taps into one of the last untapped markets for the telecom technology.

    "Our hope is to have it up and running by September," said Jose Fuentes, TracFone's director of government relations. "Historically, it's a very underutilized service, and we'd like that to change."

    The program is a twist on Lifeline, a long-standing federal subsidy that provides low-income families with a break on their land-line telephone bill in order to ensure emergency 911 service.

    In Colorado, it's called LITAP the Low Income Telephone Assistance Program and is available to anyone receiving aid from any of six welfare funds: Colorado Works Assistance (TANF), Supplemental Security Income, LEAP, Aid to Needy Disabled, the Old Age Pension Fund and Aid to the Blind. ...
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    But is there a free phone program for Collies? No. :mad:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    But is there a free phone program for Collies? No. :mad:
    Just as soon as there is, your collie can phone 1-800-FREEJETPACK :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by bijou View Post
    Just as soon as there is, your collie can phone 1-800-FREEJETPACK :D
    He's itching to do it. Of course, that might just be fleas. :p
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    Everyone everywhere who is poor gets a free cell phone-no bullshit.

    "SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program
    that provides a free cell phone and airtime each
    month for income-eligible customers."

    https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enr...blic/home.aspx

    Thanks to Obama the Community Organizer in Chief. And since we know that nothing is free, this means that you and I are giving free cell phones to these losers. That's what community organizers call free.
    Obama-if you're being run out of town, get out in front and pretend that it's a parade!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stsinner View Post
    Everyone everywhere who is poor gets a free cell phone-no bullshit.

    "SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program
    that provides a free cell phone and airtime each
    month for income-eligible customers."

    https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enr...blic/home.aspx

    Thanks to Obama the Community Organizer in Chief. And since we know that nothing is free, this means that you and I are giving free cell phones to these losers. That's what community organizers call free.
    It would seem they are only available in blue states now.
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    what BULLSHIT.
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    what BULLSHIT.
    Agreed..
    Obama-if you're being run out of town, get out in front and pretend that it's a parade!!!
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    I can see the value if it's part of a job placement program. If you don't have a phone, you don't have a way for prospective employers to contact you, you don't have a way to set interviews, and so on. But it has to be tied to a job program, and they should be pay as you go phones, so that the government only gives them $10 phone cards at a time (and stops giving them out after either the client gets a job or when has failed to do so for whatever time period is deemed appropriate).


    Also, I see value in this for foster parents, especially foster parents of kids with special medical needs. Although, in the special needs cases, we generally pay them a large enough daily rate to cover the cost of a cell phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I can see the value if it's part of a job placement program. If you don't have a phone, you don't have a way for prospective employers to contact you, you don't have a way to set interviews, and so on. But it has to be tied to a job program, and they should be pay as you go phones, so that the government only gives them $10 phone cards at a time (and stops giving them out after either the client gets a job or when has failed to do so for whatever time period is deemed appropriate).


    Also, I see value in this for foster parents, especially foster parents of kids with special medical needs. Although, in the special needs cases, we generally pay them a large enough daily rate to cover the cost of a cell phone.
    I see no value what ever.
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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