Skip to comments.WBFF: Free Phone Frenzy - abuse of the federal Lifeline program
Posted on 08/01/2012 6:56:15 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
I am spinning out of control with anger. This is the tip of the giveaways, along with EBT used for drugs, booze and bail.
Obama money from Obama’s stash. Everything is “free”.
This is just the tip of the iceberg...Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Disability, Defense spending, and on and on with the massive fraud. Hard times are coming.
That’s why I see all these kids with fancy phones.
I’m wondering how they can afford them and I only have a cheap tracfone.
Hard times are coming.
Stand in line and you can get all the phones you need.
I am so blasted angry!
Im wondering how they can afford them and I only have a cheap tracfone.
Hey, they need these phones to help them in their search for a good paying job.
You can't effectively deal drugs or organize flash mobs for ripping off stores, setting “Beat Down King” teams or starting riots without a cell phone to community organize.
And you need fast access to 911 service whenever one of your homies gets shot doing one of those things.
These phones are essential survival tools for these people.
Lots of the homeless people in my town have these things.
You also see them with laptops and some even have Kindle Fire tablets!
The overwhelming majority of taxpayers are in what demographic?
And the overwhelming majority of recipients of the benefits or programs like these are in what demographic?
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Does this make you more angry than trillions thrown out to big banks and crony companies? If so, why?
The relative I know with a Lifelink-type cell phone was given a bottom-end Tracfone, one that costs $9.99 at Rite-Aid. There was no choice of phone, just fill in the application and that is what they sent.
Im wondering how they can afford them and I only have a cheap tracfone. *&^%$%&
They are tracphones..
I knew it had to be an Obamaphone.
Somewhere out there is a free Obamacar program.
I am sure of it.
The real crooks wear suits, sit in beautiful offices and collude with our corrupt government to steal wealth from US taxpayers at the barrel of a gun.
Why do you think wealth in DC and NYC has increased exponentially over the last few decades while the rest of the country declined?
The welfare queens sitting in squalid projects and some ‘youths’ with free $50/month phones are just a distraction from the real bandits who live in private beach mansions and fly in private jets with our stolen money...
The phones they send out are all re-conditioned phones that have been turned in. You are correct, there is no choice, you get what they send you. My aunt who is on SS applied for one and they sent her a smartphone.....nothing worked on it but the phone part. It was an obvious used Samsung, there were scratches all over it.
I bet your aunt doesn’t have a purse full of them.
Not the ones I saw.
I know my state cross-checks for multiple applications with different vendors — not all states do that, I’m guessing. This state also checks for an existing lifelink landline phone. You can’t have both. In fact, the check turned up an old landline phone my relative had — from a prior apartment she had moved out from months ago.
Some info on it, from AT&T
Actually the cell is all she has now, she was required to get rid of her landline to qualify for the phone. Funny thing is she hated the phone they sent her (she is 80 and couldn’t figure out how to work it) so sent it back and her daughter put her on her cell phone plan for $10 a mnth.
The income limits seem to differ by state:
Here’s the plan doc from Verizon for New Jersey; it shows a higher income eligibility (150% of “poverty” level vs the 135% that I saw in the AT&T example I posted).
Gosh, I'm still using my ancient, 2006 Nokia 6060 "Clamshell" cellphone. Ha, but I don't care. It works reliably; that's what counts. And I have a box full of newer Nokia replacements, left-over from my out-of-business Family Business, if it ever fails.
Fancy-schmancy phone? Who needs 'em!
As it is, I'm wearing ¼" of duct tape around mine, so it doesn't.
My first cell was a Motorola. Still have it somewhere. Heavy sucker.
When I was Mktng VP (’85-’87) for Hertz RAC in NYC, we had those 3-lb Motorola “Brick” units, 6” rubber antenna, large stand-up charging unit, 30-min charge, wouldn’t work indoors or in NJ-NYC tunnels. What an anchor. LOL. “Good ol’ days”.
Different here. The state buys a lot of ads saying "Report fraud or abuse" -- gives website and phone number.
I don’t have a fancy phone either just a Samsung Tracfone. Out of curiosity, can you post comments on FR from your 6060’s browser? I can log in fine and browse but it will not post successfully. Sometimes this is frustrating, other times probably just as well lol.
Actually, I’ve never tried that. I disabled everything on that phone except make/receive calls, calendar, timer, stopwatch and address book. (I can easily re-activate, but don’t.) Originally, I did access Net and download “24” CTU telephone ringtone to be my audible ring, but have never used it since.
Yep, that’s probably the one. Cost around $300 if I remember correctly.
Wish I knew where to get rid of it. Anchor you say? Why not!
At Hertz, we'd gotten several "early release models" for execs to use and comment on. It was truly a "stone". Heavy, cumbersome, low-power, short-duration charge, basically a long-range radio, very expensive, but would call anywhere the satellite would let it. It always drew a crowd in NYC, as no one had anything like it back then.
You can still get a retro "brick clone" of it:
I remember seeing those earlier phones and I thought the person must be government or high up.
I think mine was foldup type tho.
Some were actually test models - prototypes - at least the ones we had were, so we had extensive questionnaires to fill-out after using them for a selected period. They got very hot in the charger, and the short battery charge was a major problem. Carrying a spare, or taking the charger along in its fat briefcase was a PITA.
I have one of these in my collection: