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Free cell phones were on my mind this week. Met someone who owns a free government issued phone. She had heard about it on TV, qualified, and now has proof that the program works. I talked to her on it.
I was supposed to meet with a couple this week at their new apartment in Waukesha to maybe help them with furnishings through St. Vincent de Paul. I never did meet with them because they don't have a phone. The apartment they moved to has a locked entrance with the intercom dependent on having a phone.
Fox6 News did a little story Thursday night on free cell phones for low income people. If low income folk qualify for food stamps or free school lunches, they typically qualify for a free cell with about an hour a month of air time. Before they took the viewer vote by text message, they informed us that the rest of us cell users pay for the program. The government program adds less than $3.00 to everyone's cell bill. Probably not a program we can opt out of.
Ten percent in favor, ninety percent opposed. Didn't say how many voted. Didn't say if government issued cells had texting feature.
My opinion is there's enough out of work or low income people out there that would be helped by having a phone. One hour a month would be enough for emergencies and potential job prospect phone calls. I know it's another hidden expense, but if we can afford the newest internet and texting cells we should be able to afford $2.50 for someone who really needs it.