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Old 01-06-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Why are Lifeline phones called "Obama" phones?

It confuses me. Lifeline was started in 1985, under Reagon, for land lines and extended to pre-paid cellphones in 1996, under Clinton. It's not paid for w/ tax dollars, but rather a fund that reicives its revenue from donations from telecommunications providers. Obama didn't even extend who could get it to the best of my knowledge. There have been some reforms to it to reduce fraud, but Obama certainly isn't the only president to sign those bills. People aren't getting Droids or IPhones, but the very basic models of Nokia or Samsung.

I looked it up when I decided to get one. I needed a phone I could use for work, since having work call me all the time was costing me $100-$200 over my monthly service plan. I still need to buy extra minutes each month, but I'm not spending nearly as much as when I used Verizon.

So yeah, I'm very confused at the nomenclature. Hoping someone here is smarter than me and can explain it.

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:44 PM   #2
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I thought it was because of the lady that's now YouTube famous calling it an Obamaphone? I would link, but I'm on my phone...it's the first hit that comes up on youtube when you search obamaphone.

ETA: The administration seems to have embraced the term. Check out obamaphone.net
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Re: Why are Lifeline phones called "Obama" phones?

Hmmm, debating whether to look it up or not. I can't watch a video there w/o reading the comments, and I can just bet some of the polital butthattery will ruin my day.
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Because Obama is the antichrist that is going to take our country into the depth of h-e double hockey sticks with his wealth distribution shananagins!
<big huge eye roll> Obviously full of sarcasm. Probably the same reason people blame Obama for the gas prices going up but no credit for them going back down. Everyone likes to pick on the man...
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I believe they are called Obama phones because they were using his name to get more people to sign up for them. The smoke shop down the street has a sign that says FREE OBAMA PHONES out front.
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Here is the picture of the sign I took;

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Because Obama is the antichrist that is going to take our country into the depth of h-e double hockey sticks with his wealth distribution shananagins!
<big huge eye roll> Obviously full of sarcasm. Probably the same reason people blame Obama for the gas prices going up but no credit for them going back down. Everyone likes to pick on the man...
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Because of this lady
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