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    Default Free cell phone

    With all of the bashing going on here about free cell phones I was amazed to find out the the program started under Regan. Why doesn't anyone blame him?

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    The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984, originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers.
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    I guess because they were not standing on the street corners screaming " free obama phone we got us a free obama phone." I never heard anyone screaming free Regan phone.
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    I believe this last go around with the phones was part of the recovery act as to stimulate the economy. I think the # of phones that went out was some where near 71 million. It did stimulate the forieng country's that produce these phones. If you are on the government dole you get one. How did that stimulate the economy here in the U.S.?
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    The additional controversy was that at least one of the companies that provided these phones made a handsome chunk of $, and had some good connections politcally
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmhr1 View Post
    I guess because they were not standing on the street corners screaming " free obama phone we got us a free obama phone." I never heard anyone screaming free Regan phone.
    'cause back then they were to busy having to tear the $10 $ $20 coupins out of the booklet marked "FOOD STAMPS" in order to buy food. Must be the added time from the EBC cards. and the keeping land lines working for poor rural families I still support. Keeping cell phones working for snookie wanabeees.... um , NO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    'cause back then they were to busy having to tear the $10 $ $20 coupins out of the booklet marked "FOOD STAMPS" in order to buy food. Must be the added time from the EBC cards. and the keeping land lines working for poor rural families I still support. Keeping cell phones working for snookie wanabeees.... um , NO!
    When I was laid off I looked at all my bills and it was cheaper to get a cell phone than keep the land line. While most people I know spend way more money than I would on cell phones most don't have land lines anymore.

    Did you really mean to say that poor rural families are more deserving than poor urban families?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PamK View Post
    .....Did you really mean to say that poor rural families are more deserving than poor urban families?
    Contrary to television cell phone commercials, cell service is not available in a great many rural areas. And the remoteness of an address makes it impossible to go across the hall to ask to use the telephone when you have a sucking chest wound. Not more or less deserving, just the practical aspect of rural life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDogger View Post
    The distances here are great compared to New England.. JD
    it ain't the distance, but how far up and down ya gotta go to get to and fro, ya know?
    Same with upper N.Y. and all of N.H. You drop over a ridge and an entire hamlet is without service.

    I guess I could stand up next to a Mt. and knock it down with the edge of my hand!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    it ain't the distance, but how far up and down ya gotta go to get to and fro, ya know?
    Same with upper N.Y. and all of N.H. You drop over a ridge and an entire hamlet is without service.

    I guess I could stand up next to a Mt. and knock it down with the edge of my hand!
    Hmm...Hamlet's,,,Omelet's. Uphill...downhill. Cellphones sometimes work, sometimes not. JD
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDogger View Post
    Hmm...Hamlet's,,,Omelet's. Uphill...downhill. Cellphones sometimes work, sometimes not. JD
    Bummer...
    15 years ago I had a big bag phone that worked flawlessly, for the last 7 years I haven't been able to get a signal at my house with the newest and greatest digital.

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