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Years ago people on assistance could get a landline if they met certain criteria, such as poor health, being elderly, having young children in the home, etc. But they were limited to dial tone only. No extra features like call waiting, call ID,or voicemail. In fact, they could not even have touchtone back when there was an extra charge for it. I know this because I used to work for Ma Bell back in the day. We certainly have come a long way, haven't we?
I love your comment and I agree whole-heartedly that these "free phones" should be identified in some way. Honoring Veterans is an excellent idea, or were you actually referring to the rest of us who are pulling the wagons? Either way, I'm all for it and I wish there was a way this could be done. I am afraid the first thing they'll say against it is that "it's embarassing for the poor people signing up for the free phones." (which would be an incentive to get OFF assistance in my opinion.)
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