Lifeline Phone Program Doomed?


Is the lifeline phone program doomed? With all the talk of cutting entitlement programs, such a food, Medicare, and Medicaid, know that the free cell phone program will not be far behind.

It appears that those Is politicians with double pensions, and killer health benefits for life, have no problems, making sure the poor have nothing; not even a way to call 911 if their baby is sick. If you have one of these phones, keep it and when the program has ended, you can still get phone service for as cheap as 20$ from Assurance Wireless, or one of the other phone providers.

What the opponents of the program do not tell you is, this program has caused profits to soar for the companies, that are offering free cell phones and service. Most people talk much more than the 120 – 250 minutes allotted.

Most people will opt to purchase more time, thus, the companies get new low-income customers they might have ordinarily not gotten. The phones though free, are quite inexpensive, and within a year will usually be upgraded to a better model. Again, the phone provider is making a profit.


Is a Cell Phone A Luxury?

Those who want to end Lifeline phone program say a cell phone is a luxury, not a necessity; but is it? With the end of public street phones, the cell phone industry really took off. Think of it…when was the last time you saw a working pay phone in the US? There was the rise of drug dealing, addiction, and crime, in many cities in the late 80s and 90s.

The pay phone was often the hang out place for dealers and the like. People felt unsafe and didn’t want to use the phones, fearing being robbed or approached for money. Many store owners removed the pay phones, hoping it would also cause the negative element to go elsewhere, and it worked.

Also constant vandalism made it an uphill battle to keep these phones operable. So now how do you make a call, when you are not at home? You can’t. So I would say, a cell phone is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

Lifeline Phone Program Opposition

Tim Griffin, a Congressman from Arkansas, with other political leaders, have been quite vocal about bringing free government phone program to an end. It is funny how the Congress which has at 12% approval rating, is spending so much time trying, to end the free phone program. Seems like they should turn their focus, to passing job legislation, so more people don’t need government programs.


About Fraud

There has been a lot of abuse and fraud associated with the Lifeline program, but let’s get rid of the fraud and not the program. The free phone providers are taking steps to crack down on this fraud, by requesting more verification such as SS numbers, zip code and documentation from government assistance programs. Fraud hurts everyone and those who need help can not get it because of greed and dishonesty. This should weed out much of the dishonest in the program, but there is still no guarantee the program will be here tomorrow.

States Charging Fees


Some states have decided to charge Lifeline phone providers a surtax, so you may have to pay a few dollar for your free phone. Seems like the State found a way to cash in on the same program they are trying to end! Gotta love em! The Lifeline phone program has been around for many years. It has helped low-income families with discounts and free phone service for decades. As of now, the free government cell phone program, seems to be safe.

Free phone services for low-income families, and individual are available in every U.S. state. If you don’t qualify for free services, there are discount services offered as well.


9 Replies to “Lifeline Phone Program Doomed?

  1. My phone was stolen on aug 4th. I had tried to get a new phone on the line that day but its sim card was expired, i asked if i purchased a new phone if it would be activated that day and was assured that it would be. I attempted to activate a verizon phone a friend had and was told it would require amd byop sim kit and my number had been black listed for 3 days because i reported the phone stolen. I purchased the kits and called back and was told that the phone was ineligible. I found the old phone i had originally got with the plan and attempted to activate that one. Sim card expired so i wait 3 days to recieve a new one. Its now aug 12. The customer service rep takes my numbers and says the phone should work in 3 or 4 hours. 5 hours later i call to get the problem resolved. I get a new ticket number and am told call as soon as i can after 8:00am. I call at 9:30. No one knows why it isnt working. But after being transferred back into the que to recieve a new customer service rep who eventually hangs up on me, another rep that sent me to the call log request department after what seemed like pushing buttons repeatedly… I am waiting another 24 hours to see if this phone is on….
    WORST
    CUSTOMER
    SERVICE
    EVER!!!
    Best advice… remember that its free…

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