Free Cell Phone Service - Discover Your Options!
you in need of free cell phone service? Well, look no
further, because there are a number of options available for income
households to get a free prepaid cell phone including free voice
minutes and text messages!
Although I describe on the No Free Phones page the
fact that prepaid wireless providers don't offer free phones
(as do postpaid/contract carriers/plans), there is a large exception.
There are government sponsored programs
that have partnered
with select prepaid carriers to subsidize the
cost of phones and service, enabling access to free phones and service
for people that meet the minimum qualifications.
The whole idea
of these programs is based on the belief that cell phone service should
be accessible to everyone. Most of us take cell phone service
for granted. Even though I can remember when I was the only
one amongst my friends and family who started using my cell phone as my
primary phone (i.e. not just for emergencies), these days wireless
phones are essentially killing off landlines, with many people even
having more than one phone. In fact, people expect their
and family to
be accessible via cell phone. This type of
mentality can be
having access to television; it's just something everyone is expected
to have to get along in society.
Is a cell phone a basic
There are, however, two schools of
thought. On the one hand, it seems reasonable to argue that a
cell phone is a requirement these days for safety purposes, and that
having one is a fundamental right. Particularly as pay phones
have essentially become obsolete. It also helps people to
keep in touch with loved ones while away from home. That way
we know where our loved ones are in case of an emergency, or
simply to make life that much more convenient for planning and
scheduling our hectic lives. It's amazing the peace of mind
we get from being able to call and say "I'm on my way," or "I'm running
late," etc. And even more so when it comes to getting help
when we run into trouble. This seems to make sense, but there
is another school of thought....
mentality is that although cell phones are useful, convenient, and can
even save lives in an emergency, should having one really be considered
a "right?" If someone is struggling financially to keep a
roof over their head, or to get food on the table, should the
government really be concerned about getting people access to cell
phones? Wouldn't that money be better spent on housing the
homeless, and feeding the hungry. Particularly in tough
economic times when there is less money available for government
assistance programs to take care of basic needs, education for
children, etc., is it responsible for the government to be spending
money on free cell phone service?
Learn more and/or share
I'm actually intentionally not sharing
my personal point of view here ;-). I simply want to provide
visitors to this page the different viewpoints, in order to stimulate
thought and discussion around this topic. You can click on
the company logos below to learn more about each specific
program offering free cell phone service, or you can scroll
share your thoughts/opinions as to whether or not having access to a
cell phone should be a fundamental human right....or not! You
also learn more about the overall FCC-sponsored Lifeline
, and changes they're making to help prevent
abuse and fraud.
Share Your Thoughts & Experiences About Free Wireless Phone Service!
Do you think that having access to a cell phone should be considered a basic human right that governments should pay for? Do you have first-hand experience with any of the programs listed? Do you prefer the free minutes approach, or the account credit approach?
What Other Visitors Have Said
Click below to read what other visitors to the site think!
Smartphone Option With Assurance Wireless
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Governments Pay for Nothing
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Already have a compatible phone yet customer service wants to sell me a new phone
Why is it in the new world of recycle, reuse government sponsored programs want to waste taxpayers' money and precious resources by giving the corporate …
Free Cell Phone Service Should Be A Right
Yes, cell phones should be a right. People would be informed of emergencies, weather, news, political, family and friends requests. Or job opportunities …
Free Cell Phone Service is Good for Widows
I do believe it is for widows like myself.
Free Cell Phones Don't Make Sense
While I believe that a cell phone is extremely useful, if you cannot afford one, then you do NOT get one. The government needs to provide basic necessities …
Free Prepaid Wireless Phones
Are free prepaid wireless phones, or wireless phones in general, a basic human right? This is a very interesting topic! Personally, I think it's a stretch. …
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