Here is an interesting development in the control grid society. Free phones and free call minutes for people on Federal Government assistance programs, food stamps, etc. Now why would the Federal Government want to give free phones away with free calls to everyone on any type of welfare or housing program?
Here is a breakdown of the info on the site. Note that at the bottom of every info page you will find a box asking for your zip code to apply for a phone.
Lifeline Assistance is part of a program that was created by the government to provide discounted or free telephone service to income-eligible consumers. To help bring you this important benefit, SafeLink Wireless is proud to offer Lifeline Service. Through our Lifeline Service you will receive FREE cellular service, a FREE cell phone, andFREE Minutes every month! SafeLink Wireless Service does not cost anything – there are no contracts, no recurring fees and no monthly charges.
Any Minutes you do not use will roll-over. Features such as caller ID, call waiting and voicemail are all also included with your service. If you need additional Minutes, you can buy TracFone Airtime Cards at any TracFone retailer Walmart, Walgreens, Family Dollar, etc). SafeLink Airtime Cards will be available soon.
Your exact benefits, including the number of free Minutes you will receive, depend on the state you live in. Please enter your ZIP code to get the details for your state.
How to Qualify
The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if…
No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier.
You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your free phone you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. Sorry, but P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.
In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.
How to Apply
The process to apply for SafeLink Wireless Service depends on the state you live in. In general, there are several different ways to apply.
This seems a little strange at a time when the country is bankrupt, that they would run a program like this. I suppose many who still believe that the Republicans are a separate party from the Democrats might say this was buying votes from the poor leading up to the 2010 elections. Perhaps but we have learned that it doesn’t matter who controls the houses on Capital Hill, the same agenda moves forward regardless.
My feelings would be more towards the surveillance society being put into place. We have seen stories this year about mobile phones being used by the NSA as listening devises even when the phone is not being used. We are also aware that the NSA now records all your calls. Well many people still use cell phones that are unregistered to avoid this type of interference. This new program however requires a name, date of birth, and zip code to apply for one. This will enable the NSA to identify everyone with one of these phones to an address.
Offering this free will also make many people forego their privacy. The same thing has been mooted with internet access, whereby people will be offered a limited service for free. The desire is to remove as many people as possible from the full exposure of the internet. This was talked about in the Internet2 discussions.
Perhaps it isn’t that sinister at all and they simply want us to get brain cancer ?