Tracpone Complaint - Cheated

Review by milly12345 on 2009-12-12
I got a saflink /tracpone. for the poor. goverment backed. i bought a extra phone card for it. the card dident work. i called custumer service. they told me what to fax to them. i did and now there just ignoring the problem. i think the gove. should investigat them. its shamfull
Comments:49 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-12-15
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
Heaven forbid that you shouldn't get full service from that free phone that the rest of us are paying for.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
i'd say call them back?
Posted by Skye on 2009-12-12:
The government gives out free tracphones?? Why?
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
better yet ... what do you need to qualify for a free phone card?
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-12:
Ken, do I understand those TV commercials correctly? I swear they start out with 'if you receive any type government assistance, you qualify for a free phone.' So that means only if I'm being handed something already, I can get this free phone? If so, doesn't make much sense to me.
Posted by Skye on 2009-12-12:
Hmmm, interesting read I found:

http://www.ihatethemedia.com/cell-phones-for-the-homeless-scam
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
maybe it's to discourage people on assistance from using "regular" cell phones with outrageous bills?
Posted by Principissa on 2009-12-12:
How do I qualify for all of this free stuff! I'm sick and tired of having to have to buy things all the time! And I mean that seriously, no snark at all, I want the government to give me free things!
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
of course... there is one downside to it
the government that's strong enough to give you everything you want... is also strong enough to take it away


not to mention you'll pay for it in your taxes - or someone will at least
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
Hey! I want a free phone too! Oh', but because I work and pay taxes I can't have one, darn it...
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-12-12:
Pepper: not to mention you'll pay for it in your taxes - or someone will at least

Guess who? I actually remember when someone had to provide proof he could repay a loan before he was extended credit. And I remember when if someone couldn't afford a telephone he did without and hoped the neighbor didn't grow weary of being asked to borrow his. Times have certainly changed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
Ponie, the commercials do start out like that..at least here in VA.


Posted by Principissa on 2009-12-12:
Just a few months back when hubby's hours got cut we did away with cable and internet to pay bills. He cut off his WOW account and we shared a car just so we could pay our son's tuition and our other son's medical expenses. We rented movies from the library and used the internet there to check e-mails. We paid all of our bills with checks again. We wound up saving almost 2 grand in the last 4 months from when his hours got cut. Kids will have a great ChristmaYule this year because of it!

Nohandle, when we bought our cavalier almost 10 years ago I had to submit 3 months worth of pay stubs before the bank would even consider me for a loan. When hubby bought his truck 3 years ago all they needed was how much he made in one year. Didn't ask what other bills we had, didn't ask how much of that money went to rent/mortgage, just sign this and here's the keys.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
lol alleys - it's "tracfone" misspelled.


basically a cell phone you don't need a contract to use. you don't even need to supply a credit card.

i think on NCIS it's what they call a "burn phone" since it can be used without any personal data
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
I have a Tracfone I love it. I have double minutes on mine I get 120 minutes for 20 bucks. And those minutes last me for a while like 2 or 3 months. If you hate contracts and monthly phone bills you should try them out.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
yeah i use it too wally. i hate cell phone bills.
i have one of those phones that gets you double minutes for the life of the phone.

combined with skype it's great.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
We bought a Tracfone for our Daughter before we decided to put her on our F&F acct with Verizon. I noticed when she called some out of the way places they double and tripled the minutes used on the call. That can eat up minutes fast with Tracfone.
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-12:
WOW! Where do I sisn up? But like superbowl, I don't qualify.
Pepper, re: discouraging high regular cell phone bills--why does anyone *need* a cell phone? This gimme, gimme, gimme mentality is what's causing the tax-grab out of all our pay checks. We have a good program in my city. Any senior or disabled person can get a free cell phone at our Community Center. These phones will only allow calls to 911. The phones are donated by others in the community. When I upgraded to a new phone about five months ago, I donated a perfectly good phone to this program.
Our strong government is already taking it away--in the form of increased taxes. I'll gladly pay to have a strong Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, etc. But for a free cell phone to someone I'm helping support in the first place? When will the insanity stop?
Skye, thanks for the link. Now--time to cool off after reading it. It's only 25 degrees outside today. Think I'll run around the block in my running shorts!
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-12-12:
Princi, I think you're on a plan here. Does your local library offer free use of their telephones and perhaps a TV in the lobby? If so, that should be good for another $50.00 a month. Pack a lunch and camp out. Wait, lunch is provided?

Sorry folks, I am being sarcastic as can be. I tried to help a friend out with an added expense to be deducted from her EARNED SS benefits when she was notified she would be charged an extra $110.00 a month next year for Medicare due to some unexpected income in the year 2008. I intended on hand delivering the appeal letter to the SS office this past Monday morning but was not allowed to do that. I was instructed to put my name on the log and wait behind 75 other people. Hello...just to hand deliver an appeal in an envelope to the nearest receptionist? It was put in the mail instead.
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-12:
Principissa, you and your family are rarities--you assume responsibility for yourselves and don't rely on others to pull you out of a crunch! Would that others were like that.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
well i can see a need for a cell phone, as means of communication for job hunting.

and personally i don't use landlines.

oh and the free emergency cells. =) when i left the states for Japan i gave mine to my sister's MIL who has contacts in a battered women's shelter.


but i do agree that the government is getting their fingers too deep into our personal lives and are trying to take more and more power away from the peoople
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
Yeah super, they are kind of sketchy the way they deduct minutes. They charge 60 cents to send a text and 60 cents to read one. Kind of unreasonable.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-12-12:
Not only are they taking power away from the people, they are making the people so reliant on the government that they almost can't do anything for themselves anymore.

Yea it sucks having to watch the same movies over and over again, but if you're given a choice between feeding your family and keeping the roof over their heads and watching television, it should be pretty obvious what you should choose to do.

The only things these free cellular phones should be able to do is call emergency personnel and first responders via 911. Nobody needs a cellular phone. They are a luxury item, not a necessity. If you can't afford the 20.00 card to put minutes on a tracphone, you do not need the phone period.

Just because all of your neighbors and friends have one and can afford to have one does not mean that you need to have one. This whole mentality of my neighbor has this and I should be entitled to it is a darn joke. We work hard for everything that we own and if we cannot afford to purchase it we don't buy it. I'm not going into debt up to my eyeballs because my neighbors have fancy cars and flat screen televisions and I'm certainly not going to go to the government and demand they give me a new car and television because I have to have one.

All public libraries have a telephone that registered members (registration is free by the way) can use without cost. Neighbors have phones that you can use in the event of an emergency, and I don't know of any person who would deny another person the use of a telephone in the event of a fire, crime in progress, or medical type emergency. I also know that most public libraries offer a free movie night once a week for members (again registration to join your public library is free) and they serve popcorn and soda at no cost to you.

I will gladly pay extra taxes for military pay raises and to fund our already underfunded and over crowded public schools but it makes me seethe with anger to hear that my hard earned tax dollars (money that I can be using two support my two children) are paying for people to have a luxury item that is not even a basic necessity.

Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-12-12:
Princi honestly should be 'Mother of the year' without a doubt. I've always admired her strength when it comes to doing what's best for her family. She reminds me so much of my own Mother.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-12-12:
Aww DB thank you! That's the nicest thing I've ever heard said about me.

Mind coming to my next ARC meeting and telling them that?
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
i totally understand.
i really can't splurge on going out to the movies much. And I really can't afford a lot of renting.

So, i watch things on youtube, or watch my old dvds. or listen to the radio. or read books.

plenty of cheap - even free - things to do.


but for the government it makes me think of the old phrase about "give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime"

these days it should be "give a man a fish and he'll expect another one tomorrow, and act like he's entitled to it"
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-12-12:
Just tell me when and where!
Posted by Principissa on 2009-12-12:
LOL pepper, truer sentiments have never been said! It's almost people forgot overnight how to be independent. Quite honestly, I'd rather eat my own fresh caught fish than nasty government "fish" any day of the week.

Well DB once we get the results of the CAPD screening we just had done on him (hopefully 2 weeks) we have another meeting and yet another fight. I've already stocked up on the necessities, chocolate and rolaids.
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-12-12:
All I can tell folks who don't know any better is to walk into your local SS office on a morning. There you see people waiting for help, two rooms full, when many clearly should be at home resting or in the doctor's office. That will give you pause for thought. They don't want a free cell phone just some help from someone who might offer assistance from a program they paid into but don't understand.

And anyone who thinks government healthcare is the answer you didn't see what I did. Expect to see the same sight I did if it ever comes to pass. It still troubles me. Those people were someone's parents and there they sat, patiently waiting. Forget the free homes, free cell phones and all the rest. I'm weary of hearing it.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-12-12:
Nohandle I know what you saw. I had to go get my oldest a new SS card, someone left out a sharpie and little man colored all over it, and I had to wait almost 2 hours to get the paper work to get a new replacement card issued to him. There was a gentleman in there who had just had back surgery the week prior and was in obvious pain, he was there for about as long as I was, and all just to go pick up a stupid form. I gave him my own number so he could go ahead of me because I felt so bad for him.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
We pay and we pay more and higher taxes. And yet these so called offices of state and federal workers seem to have less and less workers on the front lines? The buildings are falling apart at the seems and never get a coat of new paint. Something stinks and it's not the waiting areas.
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-12-12:
Well Super you've not been in this area. Brand new building and quite impressive. Here you walk into two glass front doors and there you look around. No one in sight except all those individuals waiting in at least two waiting rooms. I looked to my right after wandering around and spotted a security guard. He's the one who told me to sign up in order to deliver an envelope. Perhaps he's considered front line? I've never seen such a thing in my life and is the reason I made a U-Turn and decided to mail the envelope instead. Agreed, something stinks.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-12-12:
Nohandle, it sounds like we went to the same office! I swear that's what I had to do exactly. Two waiting rooms full of people and the only person in the waiting room helping anyone was the security guard. And he sounded like he was getting upset that nobody was around to help these folks.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
I remember once I drove a friend of mine to the local security office to turn in a form.

They told her to get in back of the line, they couldn’t just take the dam form. so we waited 3 hours in line just to turn in a application and there were only 2 employees servicing the windows.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
sounds like when i had to turn in my request for a new SSN card
had to pick a number and wait.

good thing i brought a book to read
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-12-12:
All I can say is there must have been a number of armed robberies in this area to require a security guard who wasn't even allowed to accept an envelope, unsealed at the time. No telling how much cash is on hand at your local SS office. If I still didn't feel so sorry for those folks this one would be a joke beyond word. And people complaining about their free cell phones?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-12-12:
You're gubment $$$$ at work
Posted by Skye on 2009-12-12:
You know, I don't mind giving people hand up's, its the ones who constantly expect handouts that drive me insane.

Posted by old fart on 2009-12-12:
I have a young relative that hasn't held a real job for two years and applied for food stamps which he got ($175 per month)... he had it for two months and ended up in jail, (again).. when he gets out you and I will continue to feed him!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
Are we talking about your favorite nephew in law OF?
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-12:
actually we're feeding him now too
Posted by old fart on 2009-12-12:
You got it Wally... He goes before the judge on the 17th. I am guessing he will be back in the slammer for a year...
My sister in law thinks, (hopes) otherwise...
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
You throw him in one of Sheriff Joes jails, and the guy will be scared straight about breaking the law.
Posted by old fart on 2009-12-12:
Actually I correct myself... He's not a young man. He's 43!
By that age he should have 20 years seniority at GM, a wife and three kids and a mortgage!
He truly is a bum!
Posted by old fart on 2009-12-12:
Wally... jail just doesn't scare him... He's been in prison for dealing drugs and seen the worst of the worst...
I'll IM you with some details if you'd like...
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
Ok OF, I wanna see his rap sheet lol
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-12:
Can't be any longer then ZZ's
Posted by old fart on 2009-12-12:
Wally.. he's got three DUI's, a prison sentence of drug dealing and at one time cut off a tether from his ankle which constituted an escape..
Posted by necibutt on 2009-12-15:
the safelink phone is awesome. my father had to get one after he had a stroke and couldnt pay his bills. i live in texas and he was in tennessee. im grateful that i was able to keep in touch with him . after he passed away in october i had called them to deactivated since he wasnt gonna need it anymore. they told me that i could keep the phone and use the rest of the minutes and after they were gone i could purchase more minutes on my own. that was very nice of them to do im grateful for safelink.

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