TracFone is the biggest abUser of the "Lifeline Free Cellphone" (total freeloader) system. They have the most Lifeline phones issued in the USA and the owner of TracFone is THE richest man in the world.
Everytime they give away another one of these "deals" the bill for the USF grows, and the fee will keep expanding exponentially.
Local media has been running stories on the complete fraud of the Lifeline system that local companies here have been engaging in for several years. They have interviewed and even used hidden cameras to document and report these companies just giving away "Lifeline" phones to anyone and everyone, people who don't qualify, criminals, illegals, people who already have one...two...three...four.... Ten... etc etc
The problem is really bad here in Oklahoma because they abuse the "Indian Territories" clauses and the $10 a month is only $1-$2 a month. There are people selling activated phones at the flea markets for $20 no questions asked, 1000 minutes, text and data. Drug dealers use them as throwaway phones for deals.
It's sickening and disgusting, and companies like TracFone and Cricket and others should be fined into oblivion... but hey, Welfare is BIG BUSINESS.
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