Free Cell Phone Service Should Be A Right

by Roy
(Gladstone)

Yes, cell phones should be a right. People would be informed of emergencies, weather, news, political, family and friends requests. Or job opportunities (how to get a hold of you). Phones should be smartphones with Internet options. For job search, local news, and local laws and rules (to know if something is illegal such as parking on street in winter). To be notified if your vehicle is in way of snow removal.



The government can use it for elections, voting referendums, or to actually vote. People need to be informed.


The phones can also act as debit cards. Or as passports or ticket passes.


There are many uses that can not be covered at this time. But would benefit all.

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Jan 23, 2011
Some Food For Thought About Free Cellphone Service
by: PrepaidWirelessGuy

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. When I was reading you submission, I couldn't help but think that all of the suggestions you made were really good ideas, and would make life quite convenient. There would also be some real tangible benefits for the government in terms of certain administration like you mentioned.


However, although these conveniences would be nice, I can't help but feel that they don't warrant the classification of a basic human need or right. There are plenty of people out there who make enough money to live, but don't have enough to buy a cell phone, Internet at home, cable television, etc. Each household has to prioritize its spending, and I think that having shelter, food, and basic education are much easier to see as things that are human rights.


When I think about the government constantly cutting education programs, and the number of homeless and hungry people out there, I can't believe that the general population would want to vote for the government spending money on free cell phone service for low income households instead of these other things.


Anyway, I know many people would disagree with me, and there's a lot of people who feel the same way you do, but I'm just throwing this out there as some food for thought ;-). I know it's a good topic for discussion, which is why I included this question for people to share their thoughts. I'm definitely an advocate of people taking advantage of this opportunity if they qualify, which is why I have it on the site!

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Free Cell Phone Service is Good for Widows

by Crystal Elaine Waddell
(Meridian, Mississippi)

I do believe it is for widows like myself.

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Nov 17, 2011
You've got to be kidding me!
by: Anonymous

Really?! People think that because you're a widow that you should be eligible for a free cell phone? Yes, it's horrible to lose someone, but how on earth does that then qualify you to receive free stuff?


Does that mean that anyone who is single should have a free cell phone? Or to have been married and then have your loved one pass away then puts you in some kind of special category of people? Maybe it's just me, but isn't that discrimination?


How about people with a sick spouse or sick child? Really the list could go on and on. The fact is (in my opinion) that too many of us in the country feel that everyone else should be taking care of us. Should we teach our kids that they shouldn't worry about working hard, because if something happens to us individually or the economy, someone else will take care of our needs? If everyone thought that way, where would we be as a society today?!

Dec 29, 2010
Free Cell Phones for Widows - Not sure I agree
by: PrepaidWirelessGuy

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. First let me say that I'm sorry for your loss; I can only imagine how difficult losing a spouse must be. Respectfully though, I'm not sure that this line of thinking (that free cell phone service should be available to widows) makes sense to me.


Being single, living alone, or being widowed don't seem to be justifiable reasons for people to feel that they have a right to free services (of any kind). Having a car to take care of basic living needs, getting to the doctor to maintain good health, etc., or even owing a home or having an apartment for shelter would arguably be even more important to life and safety than having access to a cell phone....?


These days (i.e. after the economic crash) I can't help but feel that people aren't taking responsibility for their own behaviors, actions, situations, etc. I should be saving money to take care of my family should I die for any reason. I should also have life insurance to ensure that my family is taken care of should something happen to me. I need to focus my priorities in life to ensure the health and safety of my family, as well as manage my finances to provide the necessities of life, as well as the luxuries if we can afford them.


It sounds somewhat silly to me when I say it out loud: "If my wife passes away I should be provided with free cell phone service." Maybe it's just me, but I feel silly saying that out loud! ;-)


Anyway, please don't take my comments personally. I appreciate your thoughts and value that there are as many opinions out there as there are people. That's the beauty of discussions like these; that we can share perspectives, and perhaps gain a better understanding of ourselves and those around us!

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