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Where’s My Yacht?

A yacht in Lorient, Bretagne, France

While I was pedalling into work this morning, I was listening to the morning show on KBOI radio. The talk of the day was all about “free” cell phones and other government waste. Wow. I had no idea how stupid this phone program is. Really opened my eyes.

The original intent of the program was to provide lower income families with a phone for emergencies, and so that they could look for work or be contacted by potential employers or temporary job services. The program has actually been in existence for years (so much for the “Obama phone” jokes), and up until recently was not a real waste of time and money.

Note – until recently.

telephone

Originally, the phones provided were landlines, and were cheap to install and maintain. Heck, the phone companies at that time could absorb most of the costs as incidental expenses. They started out as cheap phones on party lines shared by numerous families in apartment complexes. Pennies compared to other expensive options.

Then, the cellphone was born. Uh oh – now everyone will want one. The slippery slope is here.

So now, according to the reports, the cost of this program has started to escalate out of control. Figures – it had to happen. How can anyone hope to survive in this day and age without a cellphone?

Heck, if I’m out using my food stamp “charge card”, or delivering a welfare payment to the bank to pay for my government subsidized low-income housing, or worse yet – visiting with my parole officer – and I get a call about a job (or perhaps good drug deal), what good is having a landline if I’m not there? I need a cellphone! (Or, so says the nanny state tit-suckler).

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Internet and broadband are next. Too many transactions, from Craigslist ads to unemployment reports to emails to instant messenger, occur online – it would be ridiculous to expect someone to drop a form or a check in the mail. Right? Who has stamps nowadays anyway?

English: R Varma Charity

The conversation on the radio eventually reached the boiling point of fairness vs. charity. All of these program start out with good intentions in mind, and wind up spiraling out of control as more and more “do-gooders” add their spices to the meal. If “this” is good, then “that” will be even better – oh, and if we do that, then it’s just a small step to add another thing, and so on.

We are killing ourselves with good intentions. As a result, we now have a “poor” class that is richer than 90% of the rest of the world.

The final question remains. At what point do we stop saying say “I deserve” something merely because someone else has it? Do I deserve a house? If so, do I deserve a big one? If so, do I deserve a big house in a ritzy neighborhood?

As it is, I have a house. Bigger than the average. In a pretty nice neighborhood. So, I have that (and I’m absolutely certain someone else wants it). But, I don’t have a yacht.

So, where’s my yacht?

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    • Laura t
    • December 6, 2013
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    Free Cell Phones No Credit Cards Or Or Credit Checks? I need to know if theres a site you can go to for a free cell phone no credit cards needed and no credit checks.

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      They’re all scams.

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    • Accacia Dickerson
    • December 20, 2013
    Reply

    How Can I Get A Free Cell Phone Online With Out Having To Change My Plans? I want a new cell ph0ne for free online and i have t-mobile so that is kind of tricky to start with. I have a t-mobile red. Just a regular ole ugly red flip phone and i want somthing for free online with a little bit more pizzaz. There are plenty of them online but i have to change my plan. How can i get a free cell phone online without having to change my plan?

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      • Admin
      • December 20, 2013
      Reply

      The sites that offer free phones with 2 year carrier plans also offer the same phones at a discount (some very close to free) if you choose to extend your current plan by two years or more.

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    • Simon P
    • December 23, 2013
    Reply

    How To Find Cell Phone Numbers For Free? I was wondering if there was a free cell phone directory where I could look up a number.I keep getting calls from the same number and want to find out who it belongs to. I found out it is a cellphone number and not a land line but I can’t seem to find a place to reverse search cell phone numbers for free.

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      • Admin
      • December 23, 2013
      Reply

      I assume you do answer the phone and there is nobody on the other end right? I realize you want to know how to find cell phone numbers for free but I am afraid reverse phone searches of this nature are not free.you can find out for a very minimal fee though so it all depends how important it is for you to find out who the mystery caller is. Take a look at this article it explains in more detail about why there are no genuine free reverse cell phone directories and where to go from here.

      It is titled Reverse Cell Phone Lookup Services – Any Free Options?
      http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=2385540

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    • Princesslady1390
    • December 28, 2013
    Reply

    Does Anyone Know How To Get A Free Cell Phone? I’ve heard some companies give out free cell phones if you sign a contract. Is this true? Have you heard of such a thing?

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      • Admin
      • December 28, 2013
      Reply

      Most companies do give you a free phone if you sign a contract, but they only have a “limited” selection of phones. If you aren’t interested in the phone they are offering eith the contract you have to purchase a different one. Most contracts are signed for 1 or 2 years. plus you have to pay an activation fee.

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    • JanD
    • December 28, 2013
    Reply

    Which Carrier Has The Best Free Cell Phone Family Plans Online? I’ve been researching free cell phone offers online and they seem almost too good to be true.

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      • Admin
      • December 28, 2013
      Reply

      More people are beginning to take advantage of family cell phone plans (or shared plans) and I’m glad to see that you’re doing some research.

      The carriers are typically quite competetive in this market and offer up to 5 free phones when you sign up for a cell phone family plan. Each additional phone will cost a small amount to add to your plan (usually $9-10/mo) and include free calling to other phones within the same plan as well as the usual evening and weekend deals.

      This can represent huge cost savings for family members that call each other often and even works great for firends since you don’t have to be related to enjoy the benefits.

      I found some great tips on free cell phone family plans and comparisons at the following site:

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    • Neverclever
    • March 12, 2014
    Reply

    Is There A WIRE Hands Free Device For Cell Phones? I can’t seem to find anything on a hands free device that just plugs into a cell phone. I don’t use my cell in the car very often so something like that would be more economical than having to buy a whole new phone plus hands free device…. but wireless devices flood the market and I can’t find anything. Grrrr.

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    1. Reply

      If all you want is a hands free device to plug into the phone, go check ebay.

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    • Monserrat
    • March 17, 2014
    Reply

    Are “1-888” Numbers Free When Calling From A Cell Phone? Hi, I’m trying to call a 1-888 number (these are supposed to be free right?) but I don’t know if it’s also free when calling from a cell phone (Fido)…. Can anyone advise me on this?

    Thank you,
    V.

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      If you mean free as in do not use your plan minutes, no. Any phone call that is not to customer service (611) or free caller included numbers, will come out of your plans minute bucket.

      Example…

      If you have say 200 mins, and call a 1-888, 1-800, 1-877 etc number, and are on hold or talk for 4 hours, you will have use up 4 hours worth of plan mins, going over by 40 mins. And lets say your over plan min calls are .45 cents per min, that will be $18 extra you would have to pay when your bill was due.

      So if you have a limited calling plan, and are calling a Chat Line or BF in jail, on a 1-888 number, you will have one heck of a bill at the end of the month of you go over your mins.

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    • Sharmin Hinson
    • March 28, 2014
    Reply

    Free Unlock Codes For Cell Phones? I cant remember my unlock code for my android cell phone. Where can I find free unlock codes?

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      Ur defalt phones codes is 12345 or 00000 u can use it
      Default 4 Digit user code: 1234 or 0000
      Default 6 Digit Security code: 123456 or 000000
      Default 6 Digit Security code: 000999 or 1122
      Type *#06# at the mobile screen to know IMEI no of your mobile.
      send the IMEI no to me and i will reply you with unlocking code.
      IF Problem not Solved So
      Please New Software install in the Phone Problem will Solved
      OR:
      If For puk & pin cod problem So Please
      Very Best Solution:You Go To Service & Sim Office and Get The Puk code And Pin code From Office oprator
      Enter The Puk code and Yes
      Enter The pin code and Yes
      So Puk code Open and Problem will Quickly Solved

      Well if you are tied to a particular network all you have to do is to unlock your phone to use it any other GSM network. You can get the unlock code through online. Give your IMEI number & get the unlock code for ur mobile …….......You also get through online……….I will suggest the website Unlock-Zone.com which is doing good service …..you can approach this website.

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    • Princess Chiah
    • April 1, 2014
    Reply

    Download Free Songs For Cell Phone? Can anyone give me a place online where I can download free songs for my cell phone? thanks.?

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    1. Reply

      Try using free share sites. select the songs that are tag as mp3. transfer the songs/files into your cellphones micro sd or using usb cord. songs that are copyright protected won’t work at all. so be sure it’s not protected. although some did actually able to use those songs by using cd burner and recopy it to another files. it downgrade the quality of the songs though. hope this help and have fun!

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    • Why
    • April 18, 2014
    Reply

    How Do I Reverse Search A Cell Phone Number For Free? There is a cell phone number that keeps calling my cell and never leaves a message. Even tries to call with a blocked ID. I want to know who it is but don’t want to pay the stupid online sites for the info.

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      I have done quite a bit of research on this and the only way to search for a cell phone number for free is by searching it on Google. For example type in:
      "555-555-5555"

      Cell phone numbers unlike landline numbers are kept private so they are not available publicly through the phone book or yellow pages. It is actually illegal for the phone companies to make cell phone data public domain.

      Unfortunately searching for it through Google often very rarely tells you anything about the person.

      There is however a way to identify the cell number's identity, address, and a lot more. You do need to pay a small fee to get this information because it is private and services pay a lot of money to gain access to the cell phone directory.

      But you can search and preview the results for free. If you are not satisfied afterward they offer a full 60 day guarantee to get a refund.

      The service I have used with the most success can be found at Spyspace – http://spyspace.org/

      Simply enter the phone number in the search box to view the instant results.

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    • Lovely
    • May 8, 2014
    Reply

    How Can I Use Internet For Free In My Cell Phone? Hi…! i have samsung SGH-E390 and i’m from philippines and i want to use internet in my cell phone for free….!!!! is that possible…??

    advance tnx….
    if its need credit, pls tell me how…..

    View Comment
    1. Reply

      Unless you have a wifi enabled phone and a wifi network, cell phone internet is not free. Stealing service is illegal.

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    • Cool M
    • May 10, 2014
    Reply

    Where Can I Find A Free Gps For Cell Phone? I want a gps that tracks someones every movement without refreshing the page so where can i find one that when i open the page i type in the phone number and it tracks it giving me info like lat and long thats free?

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    1. Reply

      FREE Mobile Phone Tracking

      http://techpp.com/2009/06/21/free-cell-phone-tracking/

      hope it helps ?

      View Comment
    • Monserrat
    • May 11, 2014
    Reply

    Are “1-888” Numbers Free When Calling From A Cell Phone? Hi, I’m trying to call a 1-888 number (these are supposed to be free right?) but I don’t know if it’s also free when calling from a cell phone (Fido)…. Can anyone advise me on this?

    Thank you,
    V.

    View Comment
    1. Reply

      If you mean free as in do not use your plan minutes, no. Any phone call that is not to customer service (611) or free caller included numbers, will come out of your plans minute bucket.

      Example…

      If you have say 200 mins, and call a 1-888, 1-800, 1-877 etc number, and are on hold or talk for 4 hours, you will have use up 4 hours worth of plan mins, going over by 40 mins. And lets say your over plan min calls are .45 cents per min, that will be $18 extra you would have to pay when your bill was due.

      So if you have a limited calling plan, and are calling a Chat Line or BF in jail, on a 1-888 number, you will have one heck of a bill at the end of the month of you go over your mins.

      View Comment
    • Nhlali20
    • May 11, 2014
    Reply

    How Do U Look Up A Reveres Cell Phone Number For FREE? How do u look up a reveres cell phone number for FREE?
    any websites or anything..
    could u guyz plz tell me

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      There is no such thing as a free cell phone lookup. Any site that claims that is just a teaser for a pay site. There are several good reverse cell phone lookup services online for a fee – usually about 15 bucks.

      You can try this for almost free:

      First, locate a “safe phone” you can use. A “safe phone’ is one that doesn’t come back to you. If you just borrow a buddy’s phone it may not be such a nice trick on him or her. Perhaps you have access to a prepaid phone or a phone bank at a business. You don’t even have to be local as who you are pretending to be can be calling from elsewhere.

      Call the number. If someone answers the phone, tell them you are with Domino’s or some other local pizza delivery place. Tell them up front you have a simple 3 question survey and they will get a free pizza delivered for completing the survey. Can you see were I am going? If you are guessed that you are going to get the address by doing this, you are right.

      Here is an example of the conversation:

      We can pretend to be domino’s. ?

      Hi I am (Make up any name here) with Domino’s (or other Pizza Place). If you can take the time to answer a three question survey, we will send a complimentary pizza for your trouble. (They say OK 99% of the time. After all, who doesn’t like pizza?) OK, this isn’t one of the questions, but can I get your name?

      1) Ok, (First Name) Have you ever used Domino’s (or other local delivery pizza)?
      2) How often do you use our service?
      3) Would you use Domino’s (or your other pizza place) again?

      Interact with answers as if you are really taking the survey. Then say, “We are going to send one of our delivery people by with the coupon for a free pizza. What address do we send that to?”

      See how easy that is? It can actually be fun and there is nothing illegal about it. ?

      There is more information in my resources below.

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    • Lovely
    • May 14, 2014
    Reply

    How Can I Use Internet For Free In My Cell Phone? Hi…! i have samsung SGH-E390 and i’m from philippines and i want to use internet in my cell phone for free….!!!! is that possible…??

    advance tnx….
    if its need credit, pls tell me how…..

    View Comment
    1. Reply

      Unless you have a wifi enabled phone and a wifi network, cell phone internet is not free. Stealing service is illegal.

      View Comment

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