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Got Food Stamps? Get Free Sprint Wireless Services
IBD's Click ^ | 2/14/2011 | Reinhardt Krause

Posted on 02/14/2011 12:28:10 PM PST by Slyscribe

Can government subsidies help Sprint Nextel (S) bounce back? Perhaps so, in a way you may not think.

Sprint, which reported fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, seems to be having success with its Assurance Wireless brand, a prepaid offering. Sprint launched the government-subsidized Assurance program in early 2010. Sprint now markets the Assurance brand in 22 states and Washington, D.C.

Sprint expanded the Assurance brand to Pennsylvania today.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: broke; cell; debt; deficit; entitlements; food; foodstamps; sprint; stamps; subsidies; welfare; wireless

1 posted on 02/14/2011 12:28:13 PM PST by Slyscribe
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To: Slyscribe

How do you get these food stamps. I want them......I don’t care that I have a job and make way over the limit. Even with four children and a wife, we don’t qualify. 7800 is too much supposedly....huh!!!

I am just kidding....it was sarcasm at it’s worse.


2 posted on 02/14/2011 12:29:54 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Slyscribe

They must make some money from the people who go over the free minutes, but it still made me sick when I see the commercials on TV.

Any cell phone, even the old ones, will call 911 if you have an emergency. As far as I’m concerned that should be good enough for the freeloaders.


3 posted on 02/14/2011 12:33:11 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Then they just call 911 every time McDonald’s is out of nuggets.

...and you pay for ambulance roll.


4 posted on 02/14/2011 12:35:01 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: napscoordinator

Just send them some string, we already paid for the damn cans...

5 posted on 02/14/2011 12:35:55 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Don’t forget the “food stamp restaurant meals program” where YOU pay for someone else to go out to eat!

Fun, huh?


6 posted on 02/14/2011 12:38:13 PM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: Slyscribe; All

I can barely afford my cellphone...and here I am subsidizing cell phones for those whose main occupation is to have loose sex and get pregnant


7 posted on 02/14/2011 12:38:55 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Newt Gingrich and Chris Matthews: Seperated at Birth??)
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To: MrB

Moochelle’s “Let’s MOVE” (into MrB’s house)


8 posted on 02/14/2011 12:40:05 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Slyscribe
I know in MA, “SafeLink Wireless” (aka TracFone) has been hocking “free” cell phone service for the “low income” for a couple years at least.
9 posted on 02/14/2011 12:40:32 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: Abathar

Playing devil’s advocate for a moment. I was once in a position where I was very poor and had a small child. My husband was only working a couple of days a week in temp positions. We had no phone. (This was back before everyone had cells). It was very hard to find a job if people couldn’t call you. Things eventually got better for us but it would have been great to have a phone at that time. Please try not to be so judgmental or lump everyone into the same category. Some people truly need help to pull themselves back up. And surely the people getting food stamps these days (record numbers) are not all good-for-nothing bums. Life is very hard for a lot of people these days.


10 posted on 02/14/2011 12:41:15 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: GOPsterinMA

Here you go...job the system and get yo free phone

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx


11 posted on 02/14/2011 1:08:18 PM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: ilovesarah2012

I have been there a few times in this life too, and a helping hand up is just fine with me if someone needs it. My point is no one NEEDS a cell phone. What did our parents do when they couldn’t pay the phone bill? They adapted and did just fine without it. For the first time in my life I had to claim unemployment last year, it was either that or get behind on the house payment so I filed. We could have gotten all kinds of assistance on top of that I bet, but I never checked into it because with what my wife brings home he could just paddle with our heads above water if nothing serious happened. I was ashamed enough that I couldn’t find work that I drove across town to deposit the balance on my card into my checking account rather than look the tellers I was on a first name basis on in the eye each month when the house payment came due. I am sorry, but enough is enough, I don’t have a cell phone but I have an old one charged in my car with no service in case I have to call 911. As I said, helping someone with a hand up is one thing, but using tax dollars to give them a portable phone for convenience is just too much to me.


12 posted on 02/14/2011 1:21:49 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: BubbaJunebug

Off that site:

Thanks to SafeLink, Lifeline support is now available for wireless phones. Traditionally, the Lifeline program was only available as a discount on a consumer’s landline telephone bill. SafeLink Wireless was created by TracFone Wireless, Inc. when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved the company to offer Lifeline — a public assistance program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for low-income subscribers. SafeLink Wireless applies the Universal Service Fund subsidy to an allotment of free airtime minutes and TracFone provides the wireless handset at the company’s expense. Instead of receiving a subsidized monthly telephone bill for Lifeline service, SafeLink converts the total amount of discounted service into minutes each month for one year. The cell phone offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, three-way calling, call waiting, caller ID and access to 911.

SafeLink phones are not paid for by taxpayers or the federal government. TracFone Wireless pays for the phones and also the cost of promoting its SafeLink program to make sure that eligible consumers know about the program.

Have to dig deeper, but if it isn’t subsidized then perhaps its not as bad as I had thought.


13 posted on 02/14/2011 1:31:40 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Slyscribe

My daughter is a social worker,, her clients do not want the free wireless.. no texting, too few minutes plain phones etc.. instead all these folks have I phones ... they may live in the ghetto..but they have 50 inch TVs , laptops, wireless and I phones ... makes her sick


14 posted on 02/14/2011 1:51:03 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: BubbaJunebug

Yep. I remember seeing TV ads for this...you know that those aren’t free to produce either.


15 posted on 02/14/2011 4:19:54 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Why not simply have them buy a phone that you cna purchase minutes for? I’m on SSD and I bought one for twenty dollars at a grocery store and have been using it since.


16 posted on 02/14/2011 6:11:46 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: RnMomof7

For the life of me, I am amazed that your daughter hasn’t lost faith in humanity.


17 posted on 02/14/2011 6:28:36 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Some people truly need help to pull themselves back up.

Well then they need to go to their family, their friends and neighbors, a local church....and ASK FOR IT.

Not steal it from me at the point of a gun.

Welfare is a Satanic perversion of charity. That you would even try to conflate the two is repugnant.

18 posted on 02/14/2011 6:40:21 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (I'm sick of damn idiots)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Well, I hope you never need help.


19 posted on 02/14/2011 8:19:28 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
Well, I hope you never need help

I wouldn't even know where to go to get expropriated govt freebies.

20 posted on 02/14/2011 8:50:38 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (I'm sick of damn idiots)
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To: Abathar

It’s prepaid, so you can’t go over the minutes. When your available minutes are down to zero, no more calls.


21 posted on 05/23/2011 2:07:01 AM PDT by rbb
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