Right, Obama did not start it, but he made sure his potential voters
knew of the program and got the free phones.
Just another conniving politician. The man is half white, but he used
his blackness to get elected.
I think you missed what is going on. The man responsible for all those
tents with "free phones" is Carlos Slim:
Who owns Tracfone and a whole lot more.
What probably confuses you is that el Rushbo pushed the video of that
Cleveland woman going off on her "Obamaphone", others picked up on it
That is how it got in the popular lexicon.
Anybody could have beat McCain the year that the recession hit:
Being black is not what got him elected. It was the complete and failing
mess the country was in. Being half white helped.
Shouldn't this rant be in a .politics group instead of a woodworking
The Lifeline program is not directly subsidized by taxpayer monies. It is
paid for out of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) through a fee
assessed against telecommunications service providers, who may or may not
pass those costs along to their customers:
Once I determined that I didn't need an electronic nurse maid
(AKA: Cell Phone), my communication needs became straight
When I started looking at cell phones (1990), they were very
expensive, bulky, required a bulky equipment installation
in the vehicle including an antenna and had many dead spots
just when you needed your cell most.
Finally they got rid of the bulky equipment in the vehicle, but
it was still a very expensive system and usage rates were high.
Prices for hardware kept dropping, coverage kept improving,
but my needs just never got to the point I could justify the
hardware and usage costs.
My customers could always get a call back if they left a message
on my voice mail and that was drove my whole thought process.
If I didn't lose orders, there was no need to solve a problem
that didn't exist.
Local and Long Distance is covered by Magic Jack for $20/year.
High Speed ISP service is another $50/month.
A "Burn" phone makes some sense these days if you are
Air travel isn't what it once was.
If you are a woman traveling by herself these days, then
a cell phone becomes a security tool in addition to a
Different ball game.
We've converted "wants" to "needs". The world managed to get by without
the use of cell phones for a long time. They are convenient, but you
can still get through life without one.
We used to walk to school about 1 1/2 miles in the dark because the sun
was not invented yet. Now, Johnny needs a cell phone because something
bad might happen while he walks three blocks to school.
When I was on the road in sales, I'd call into the office twice a day
for messages. Now the customer can call directly to the cell phone.
Questionable as to whether that is an improvement.
Yeah, I kinda miss them.
I joined the navy in July, 1951 when I was just shy of 18. Since I was
from Indiana, they naturally sent me to San Diego for boot camp. One of
the first things I learned from the California guys was how to make a pay
phone think a penny was a nickel (calls were $0.05 back then). About the
second thing was what to do with a cup of coffee and a benzedrine inhaler.
Those CA guys were a caution :)
I ain't gonna switch, no need, my wife has one. I hate it.
Sure, I don't *need* a smart phone but it the real-time Navi was very
nice driving down to the bowels of Atlanta during rush hour (both
ways). It's also *nice* read the news when I'm waiting in line, the
doctor's office, or whatever.
Johnny can't play in the dirt with his friends, either. The only
sports are organized by the parents (or schools). I always thought
pick up games were far more fun than organized games. Who needs
parents getting all serious? ;-)
I'm at the other end of the phone but I think it's definitely an
improvement. I can get ahold of support or sales people quickly. I
imagine they're pretty useful for building contractors, too.
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