There are many telecommunication companies that continue to charge high land line and mobile rates. Our United States government monitors and endorses private telecommunication company. Moreover, companies such as Cricket and Safelink have special rates for low income families. It is imperative that everyone residing in the United States should own a mobile phone because rarely do I see a phone booth. Hence, in case of an emergency taking pictures or recording a video is part of our society’ activity to document an event or follow the mobility of people.
There are requirements that telecommunication company would need from the individual in order for their phone bill to be affordable. I have been to the Department of Economic Security agency and I have seen advertisement posters for Safelink and Cricket. Personally, I applied for a Safelink for my grandmother who qualified for a free Safelink Wireless Phone. There are government programs the family or individual would have been participated in to be qualified for free cell phone and reduced rates. My grandmother is on supplemental security income, Medicaid, and supplemental nutrition assistance program food stamps that would qualify her. In addition to that eligibility, if a family is on cash assistance, federal public housing, free school lunch, and state health insurance would automatically qualify them for high free minutes and free cell phone. Furthermore, the total household income earnings made her eligible. There is an income minimum of $16, 3335 with one person household to maximum $56,445 with eight people household. There is case numbers required to be included with the necessary documents to show the person or family is entitled to these reduced rates, free cell phone, and free minutes while talking during peak and non-peak time. The U.S. government has negotiated with telecommunication corporation to not set restrictions but to demonstrate a need based on income, lack of health insurance, and a need for food. Besides free mobile phones, anyone can ask Comcast, Qwest, and other cellular phone company that have programs for low income family. Unfortunately, without the proper documents to verify income, families are not approved for the government phone service discount. There have been too many abuse and fraud; therefore, verification is part of the requirement. Furthermore, there are other interior motives of the government why low income families can qualify for free cell phone and minutes, which unfortunately gives the perception that government is aiding the impoverish people. It sounds very admiral of the government to help low income people by working with private telecommunication corporation but telephones are the main resource to track, communicate, and monitor the mobility of people for many reasons. Lastly, we must not forget that every company has to make a profit and nothing is free in life. FREE comes with a price and it may seem free but one is locked in to use the service despite the fact that the cheap phone was free. Phone is free but phone corporations requires you to use all 250 minutes free or no roll over minutes as well as we need your SNAP credit card or a debit card to charge in case you go over 250 minutes. The SNAP credit card is the food stamp card. I would feel like “big brother”, which equals the government ease dropping my telephone conversation if I knew I was getting a free phone with free minutes. Nowadays, the buy one get one free is a hallucination of we are doing you a favor in giving you something free but that really is a result of paying for two items but a lower cost. Nevertheless, government has come up with a concoction cleaver idea to provide the AZ Lifeline Phone so people who can’t afford phones will not have a reason to accept a phone and free phone service. Of course, that goes without saying that consumers will pay one way or another despite anything offered for free. When minutes are used up, one will have to purchase more minutes which can be expensive.
Government phone service discount for low income families is a great program to assist people who cannot afford a phone line but there is always stipulation or the program is under scrutiny due to a flaw. Remember those info commercials that advertise this product is free and all the consumers have to pay is shipping and handling and with a major credit card you can have this free. When something is not affordable, and given the opportunity to attain something for free, the midsection of the brain will stimulate a yes answer to I want it. The left side of the brain called the thinking cap is thrown out the door. Therefore, don’t always think the government provides free assistance.