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Cheap Phone Service

Cell phones are many times free to anyone receiving any kind of assistance: Lower income families, SSI, food stamps, Medicaid. I believe this service is available in many states in the US. Check the link below or Google - Free phones.

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Also, many land-line companies offer a reduced rate for people in these programs. You have to ask about this as they will not volunteer this information.

What do you need? Cell phone or land line? Or both? Things to consider:

  • How much are you on the road that you may need a cell?

  • How many necessary calls are you making when you are away from home?

  • Do you get good reception with a cell phone at home or on the road?

  • Land lines are not with your electric service so electric outages many times do not affect land lines.

  • Compare services of phones because you may only need basic service.

Here is one link that has some phone services described:

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August 8, 20130 found this helpful

For whomever posted this post, the phones and service are not free; they come out of the taxes that are taken out of our checks. I prefer you don't advertise for "Free" when someone else' earnings are what is paying for these devices. It encourages those who are not motivated to work to take more handouts.

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Editor's Note: We have removed the "Free" part of the title.

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January 23, 20171 found this helpful

Lisa,

The editors may have removed the word 'Free' from the title. That does not alter certain facts. In my case and in the case of a multitude of others, those facts are:

I was in the work force for fifty years. I was placed in the highest tax bracket of all. All those years, I paid far more than my fair share of taxes. For a period of time, I worked two jobs just to try to keep up. I was taxed so heavily, it was costing me more than the extra job was paying. I had to give up the second job.

I have what is called a 'government phone'. Regardless of the omission from the title, my phone is free in the sense that it was given to me for free and the 500 minutes I'm allowed per month cost me nothing.

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It is not free in the sense that I have paid in over fifty years of more than my share of taxes. Fifty years of taxes that went into the same pool as the taxes of those who think I don't deserve this small government sponsored gratuity.

And what about all the people who work for the companies commissioned by the government to provide these phones and services? They keep many people gainfully employed, people who pay taxes, too.

If you are genuinely concerned about people freeloading off the government, know that there are many areas far more serious than these free phones. When free housing, free food and free medical care are given to those who have never paid a penny of taxes, nor has any of their relatives; a free phone to a little old lady who must decide whether her money goes for food or medicine or fuel to keep warm, is a very trivial matter.

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Get wise, Lisa.

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August 8, 20130 found this helpful

It's impossible to get free telephone service the closest thing to it that I know of is a thing called OOMA. It's a small box the size of a modem that costs $265. You buy that, install it and never pay for another phone call again. However, you will pay for state tax and normal fees associated with making phone calls. Check it out.

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August 9, 20132 found this helpful

Hello - I posted this information because there are some people in this great country that actually need our help. You are absolutely correct in saying that nothing is really free (even like the sites that offer "free shipping") and that someone - myself included - has to pay for all of these "free" services.

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There are "free" phone services in almost every state for anyone receiving help under this country's "entitlement services". I did not start these programs nor do I always agree with "who" receives assistance but I do not believe it is fair for only a small portion of Americans to know about these services while others are left in the "dark" simple because they are uninformed.

I am 79 years old and started working at 14 years of age - as I feel sure many others have also done - and I am thankful that I have never had to request assistance but I do know some who sincerely need it and can rarely find a friendly knowledgeable person available to offer information.

I am sorry if this displeases some but I hope this information will be of service to anyone who truly needs help in this area.

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January 23, 20170 found this helpful

Please don't be sorry. You did a good deed by posting this information. The fact that this service will be abused by some is no reason to condemn the service. It's the responsibility of the government to see that recipients are screened and that those not deserving, are weeded out. Complaints of fraudulence should be taken up with the government.

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Also, a lot of the feedback is incorrect. Of the plans I'm familiar with, to the recipient of this government entitlement, (Understand, I said 'to the recipient of this government entitlement'), the phone and (currently) 500 minutes of calling time per month are absolutely free.

Need I add that the phone is shipped free of charge or shipping charges.

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August 10, 20130 found this helpful

I do not think those are such great deals. 30 min is nothing for a phone call. Then it is 25 cents each additional minute? That's not a deal.

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August 11, 20131 found this helpful

Hi again - I am glad for the response to this information as I feel sure "someone" out there in Thrifty land may benefit.This service is not intended for "social" calling - just when you really need some help/assistance.

Social calling phones will have to be paid for or do without as we seniors did for many years. I am glad for all the new technology - just wish it had came a few years earlier!

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June 16, 20141 found this helpful

There is a very fast moving trend in the U.S. where subscribers are severing their landline telephone service in favor of cellphones. Most cellphones offer any distance domestic dialing so a call across the country is the same as one across town. Many landline companies still bill long-distance which can be costly and add-up quickly.

The American telephone infrastructure is beginning to show it's age so using a cellphone will ensure you're using the latest technology. In urban areas, 4G LTE coverage is common. So, why pay for two services. If you have a real need for a cellphone, why not let it be your primary phone and save the entire cost of the landline? With basic landline services costing an average of $25/mo, that'll save $300 a year, not counting any long-distance charges.

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