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Should homeless people have free mobile phones? San Francisco says “Yes!”

via PUC set to OK free phones for homeless – SFGate.

Kevin Fagan, SFGate, titles “PUC set to OK free phones for homeless” and reports about a new program to give free mobile phones to homeless and other poor people.

William Locke of San Francisco, who uses a wheelchair, wears his cell phone around his neck and says he could really use the money he would save with a low-cost or free cell phone plan. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/PUC-set-to-OK-free-phones-for-homeless-4104121.php#ixzz2MJCH5XbB

Homeless and other poor people in California are on track to soon get virtually free cell phones and service so they can keep in touch with family, potential employers and others crucial to improving their lives.

Brittney Ames says having a cell phone would help her respond to calls back from restaurants she's applied to. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle  Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/PUC-set-to-OK-free-phones-for-homeless-4104121.php#ixzz2MJCiIIhYThe cell phones would be handed out through a federally funded Lifeline program – already operated by service provider Assurance Wireless in 36 other states – that is likely to win final approval in the next couple of weeks from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Read the full article here.

What do you think? Are mobile phones an effective mean for inclusion of people on the edge of society?

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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