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Safe Link - Government Subsidized Cell Phone
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Posted on 08/24/2009 9:01:51 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog

SAFELINK WIRELESS®SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is U.S. government supported program for Income eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. In order to participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS® service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is limited to one person per household.


TracFone Wireless’ formula for success is simple – exclusive focus on prepaid cell phones and service. Unlike most prepaid providers, TracFone Wireless does not require its customers to enter into a service contract. TracFone Wireless customers enjoy the freedom TracFone has to offer – No Bills, No Contracts, No Surprises – you are in control. Prepaid is all TracFone Wireless does and with over 10 million subscribers, TracFone Wireless does it better than anybody else.

TracFone Wireless believes that cell phone ownership is a right and an important tool for individual success in today's world. Everyone should have a cell phone without the need for a contract or a high credit rating. People should have the right to always know what their cell phone service will cost and no one should have to pay more than they want or can afford. TracFone Wireless believes in making the cost to own & maintain a cell phone as low as possible and TracFone Wireless never charges extra fees to activate your service.

TracFone Wireless is glad to lead the movement in the U.S. to make cell phone service available to everyone. TracFone Wireless invests hundreds of millions of dollars every year to reduce the prices of our cell phones and make them affordable for all.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: governmentsubsidy
I heard about this on the radio while driving in to work this morning. Is this an Obama thing, or has it been around for awhile? Since when is cell phone ownership/useage a RIGHT?
1 posted on 08/24/2009 9:01:51 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog
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To: fivecatsandadog

Yea, a government phone with a built in eavesdropping device, permanent recordings of all your conversations and a GPS to keep track of your where abouts.

2 posted on 08/24/2009 9:03:45 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: fivecatsandadog

“TracFone Wireless invests hundreds of millions of dollars every year...”

TAX dollars????

3 posted on 08/24/2009 9:03:46 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: fivecatsandadog
"cell phone ownership is a right"

Holy crap.

I am so sick of formulations like ' is a right'. What a lie straight from Hell.

4 posted on 08/24/2009 9:06:40 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Proud to be an American, where I least I know I'm free!)
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To: All

Frequently Asked Questions (excerpt from the site - this is unbelievable):
Lifeline ServiceSafeLink Wireless is proud to offer Lifeline Service, which is a program that enables qualifying customers to receive discounts on monthly telephone service. In our version of the program, you will receive free cellular service, a free SafeLink Wireless cell phone and the assurance that you will get no bills and no contracts EVER!

Program OverviewSafeLink Wireless offers qualifying customers FREE cellular service. This service is currently available in Alabama, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Soon, SafeLink Wireless service will be offered in the following states:

SafeLink Wireless Service is coming soon to...
Arizona Illinois
Kentucky Missouri
Puerto Rico Texas

Currently, benefits vary by ZIP code. To determine your ZIP-specific Lifeline offer, please enter your home ZIP code here.

General Questions - Service Specific
Will I be able to use text messaging (SMS)? What is the price for that?
Yes, SafeLink Wireless service supports SMS. Each SMS will cost .3 Minutes. (I.E. an SMS message sent or received will consume one third of a minute).
Will I be able to roam?
Yes, your SafeLink Wireless phone will clearly display on your screen when you are located in a roaming area and since SafeLink Wireless’s rates are the same for all calls, you never have to worry about roaming charges!
Will I be able to make long distance calls?
Yes. The Minutes you have with SafeLink Wireless are nationwide Minutes. You can call anywhere in the US for one low rate and make international long distance calls to select locations for the same rate.
Does being a SafeLink Wireless customer protect me from being disconnected if I don’t pay my telephone bill?
With SafeLink Wireless Service you do not have to worry about paying a bill or recurring fees. You will never receive a bill from SafeLink Wireless!
When do I get my monthly Minutes?
Upon receipt of your SafeLink Wireless handset, your handset will have one year of service, and your Minutes for the first month will have already been included. Each month you will receive your free Minutes on the first three days of the month as long as you have your phone powered on.
What happens if I do not receive my Minutes on a given month?
If you do not receive your Minutes on a given month, they can be easily retrieved! Click here for instructions.

5 posted on 08/24/2009 9:06:43 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog (Hey Obama - LIFE is unfair. Get over it.)
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I know someone who has this phone, and qualified for it by being, essentially, poor. They get a certain number of minutes each month (100 something), which roll over I believe. If you need any more time, you have to purchase prepaid minutes, not sure about the rate. I think Tracfone probably makes money on this deal, because most people would fly through those 100 some odd minutes in a week. Its a way of getting these phones in the hands of (probably) irresponsible people who don’t budget their money right in the first place.

6 posted on 08/24/2009 9:08:31 AM PDT by Paradox (ObamaCare = Logan's Run ; There is no Sanctuary!)
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To: fivecatsandadog


7 posted on 08/24/2009 9:23:06 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: fivecatsandadog

8 posted on 08/24/2009 9:33:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: fivecatsandadog
Tracfone is crap. It's like 15 cents a minute per call, and the phones look like s--t. They really target the folks who don't sit and talk all day on a cell phone and only use it for an emergency. But it's still expensive, a 60 min card is like $25 and you have to punch the code in your card.

Most cell phone companies offer pre-paid wireless which is a much better option for people with bad or no credit.

9 posted on 08/24/2009 9:39:03 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: Paradox
which roll over I believe.

The minutes technically don't roll over, you have to use them within a 90-day period, although if you keeping buying cards, the minutes don't expire for a while.

10 posted on 08/24/2009 9:40:42 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: backwoods-engineer


Starve the beast. Don’t do buisness with anyone that sells, uses or owns products that support these sociaist bastards if at all possible.

Vote with you dollars between elections.

11 posted on 08/24/2009 10:00:51 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Good point. Tho’ eventually, it’ll be like trying to boycott anything that’s made in China. Impossible, unless you own a small farm and factory. Then you’re basically working for the government, so go figure.

12 posted on 08/24/2009 10:12:06 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog (You better HOPE you end up with more than a little CHANGE in your pocket when he's finished.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I use a prepaid service, because for the amount of time I use, the prepaid service I use is, by far, the best deal for me. Right now, I am using about $10 per month.

You have to figure out about how many minutes of usage you need per month, then compare the companies and rates to see which one comes out best for you. has a nice chart.

For me, Tracfone is not a good value, but I know some people who swear by it, but they only buy minutes when they are on sale and using various coupon codes online.

13 posted on 08/24/2009 10:47:58 AM PDT by Paradox (ObamaCare = Logan's Run ; There is no Sanctuary!)
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The plan is actually quite of a contribution to society. Against what a few may claim, the phone is not, the Obama administration is not responsible for the program. It started well before president Obama was even elected. From what I understand, it is only available to individuals who are on welfare or recieve some support from the government. It provides 60 minutes of talk time and a free phone and charger. This program is great because it provides just the basics in case of emergencies. Hope this program keeps going because it is a worthy program. Just my 2 cents.

14 posted on 11/28/2009 9:32:51 PM PST by UPandAWAY (Paradox)
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