San Francisco Homeless, Seniors May Qualify For Free Cell Phone Plan

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Opportunity

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Phone company workers will be at various San Francisco homeless shelters and senior centers this week, signing people up for free cellphones under a new program launched in California.

The program is funded from the Universal Service Fee in people’s phone bills, which has provided phone service to the poor since the Reagan administration.

Dozens of low-income seniors lined up at the Bayside Senior Housing Center in Chinatown on Wednesday to see if they qualified for a free cellphone with 250 free minutes and 250 texts. Service is provided through Assurance Wireless by Sprint.

“A doctor can text a message and say ‘you missed an appointment’ or ‘you have an appointment scheduled for next week’ at such and such a time. And if someone’s waiting for a space in a homeless shelter, they can be reached by text as well,” said Jayne Wallace a representative with…

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