- Jun 8, 2005
John Cobb, 59, a former commercial fisherman..has been hoping to receive more government assistance, and in February, he did.
It came in the form of a free cellphone and free service.
Mr. Cobb became one of a small but rapidly growing number of low-income Americans benefiting from a new wrinkle to a decades-old federal law that provided them with subsidized landline telephone service.
It is a form of wireless welfare that puts a societal stamp on the central role played by the mobile device.
Since November, the number of customers receiving free or subsidized wireless service has doubled to 1.4 million, he said.
There are just snippets from this Times article. This is just outrageous. We're in debt up to the trillions and you're telling me we're giving free cell phones away? Cell phones aren't a necessity. Cell phone service is a privilege. Way back when cells didn't exist, they used land lines. I say we cut the pork and take back all of the phones.