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Should the Government Offer Free Cell Phone Service to the Poor?

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Posted By Lynn L.

For millions of people, modern technology seems too far away to garner. This is especially true for those that cannot afford to get a cell phone. For many, this seems like something that is rudimentary, getting a phone. Think about the cost of getting a cellular phone in these modern times, and you'll realize that it's not exactly an easy thing to procure. The cost of a phone can easily spike into the hundreds of dollars and that's not including the cost of service. The average phone bill today can be upwards of $100 for a single line, and that is usually compounded by a contract that lasts upwards of 2 years. Those that are less fortunate and dealing with financial hardships are not going to be able to get this option and therefore are left in the dark.

The government has recently stepped into the picture and is now providing the poor with cell phone service and phones at no cost. Some people ask whether or not the government should be doing this, and the emphatic answer is a definite yes. Some pundits will be quick to say that this is a handout, but it truly isn't. The phone service is not mean to be abused and comes with a phone and 250 minutes of talk time. This is not nearly as much as many people assume that it is, and for those that are dealing with poverty, this is nothing more than a lifeline to a better future.

Those that don't think about this often, take note of what can be done with a phone these days. When filling out a job application, one of the lines requires a person to list their phone number, but for the poor, with no landline and no phone, there is no way to contact them. This can be an issue, which is why the government is now subsidizing phones for the poor so that they can in fact get employed and moving forward. The subsidy is not without requirements, so it's not just anyone that can get this.

In the available states, the cellular assistance program requires a person to be of lower income bracket and without recourse for purchasing a phone on their own. This means that they have to fill out proper forms and move forward with the process of procuring this option. Without proof of income and filling out the proper paperwork, this option is not available.

For those that are asking whether or not the government offer free cell phone service to the poor, the answer is always going to be, yes. There are some things in life that are standard for communication and we have come to a modern place where giving those less fortunate 250 minutes of cell phone service and a free phone isn't going to break the bank and should be done to help them communicate with one another and get moving forward. There will be a time where a person that is given this device will be able to purchase a new one and get in line with many millions of other people that love technology, but until then, there are options that can help them.

Comments (4)

By Bryce A. on JUL 29 2017 @ 8:08PM

The fierce competition of cell phone companies means that people win with low cost plans.

By Howard B. on JUL 28 2017 @ 6:21AM

Plans are cheap enough now that the government doesn't even need to worry about it.

By Todd S. on JUL 27 2017 @ 6:16AM

Oh my gosh, seriously. This is not a public service people.

By Ellis C. on JUL 26 2017 @ 9:02PM

Why don't they take some of the old phones that people just throw away, and make like a non-profit with them and give them away?

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