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Excerpt from Home Is Not Home by Dannis, copyright 2009 Dannis Cole, available on Amazon Kindle : http://www.amazon.com/Home-Is-Not-ebook/dp/B002HMDGO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348526510&sr=8-1&keywords=home+is+not+home+dannistories+kindle
Ryee would travel a week to the Eighth, and Tch’Zbbtr was far from two major Zheien colonies
there. I thought of friendly MarKu, and the wonderful tumasnie candy someone named Goes sent us.
Imagined a festival for Ryee to celebrate the ships from the signed treaty, and happy Zbbat dancing in
Fa and Ryee laughed loudly, and I felt a little embarrassed. “Sae, you think of MarKu as a
smallcolony, such as we! Our people are 2500 in number. MarKu, he has 70 decillion! If Goes declared
a festival because Ryee kept a treaty, King Herda would bring Pie to heal him!! Goes signed many fine
treaties, more than Ryee and I and all of our fae!! Herda signed many more than his fine bae, who shall
reign after him.” Fa smiled, and his golden eyes opened wide. A different kind of wide than fright or
worry. As Mea taught me about telepathy, I noticed that the way people felt changed the meaning of
facial gestures, body motions, or even words. When a Zheien feels a strong emotion, all around him
feels it, too. Some of my worry for my sanity vaporized, like volatiles in a dish, when I learned that.
But, Ryee smiled at Fa. “I think Goe would declare a festival for me, though I would wish ne, to
honor our colony. MarKu respects us much, Fa.”
He gently shoved Ryee. “Ea, but for MarKu to honor us is foolish! Does a ferrisna notice the
Ryee frowned, and looked away. Then, smiled. “I think Porasa disagrees with you.
The starflyer on his journey, weary journey, sees the dawn
Ferrisna, weary ferrisna, without his rider, looks to the dawn
And he walks faster
To the starflyer
Lands on his nose but a moment in his death.
Father’s lips trembled. Many around us wiped tears from their faces. “Dear bae, your recitation
is as Goes’, and he is older than you! Did he teach?”
“Ea. We both enjoy poetry.” He sighed. “I wish I had time—Ay, if only we were married, I
could give manual calcs, and we visited MarKu, and I left you in safety while I—“
“Dear bae! Pie would keep you a month in his chambers when you returned for your love!! I am
happy you ne marry yet, Children. After this mission, is well.” Fa hugged both of us.
We were quiet after the poem. I dreamed about Fa telling me that Ryee was like the starflyers in
the night, that live for one night and die in the morning. I dreaded going back to sleep.
I think Ryee thought his choice of poem made us too sad, and he did not recite any more. I
wanted to hear more. His voice thrilled me.
None of these programs cover little Cuthbert, Georgia except maybe Mediacom. People I know hate Mediacom...I will stick with Alltel DSL and phone service. I will wait until these programs come. In the meantime, I can check with Alltel about LifeLine discounts for my Internet :)
This means you can get low cost monthly broadband internet access. Plus a low cost computer for your home. And very low-cost computer training classes. That’s a combination that lower income, struggling Americans can really use these days.
This is a good thing, and faster than most dialup. But 1mbps download speed will not make pages just pop up on your screen. I have 6 mbps thanks to my sister, and some pages are very slow to load, depending on a lot of stuff I won't explain in just a couple sentences :) Not a gaming connection, but fine for checking email, uploading resume's, and doing social networking.
Lifeline & Link-Up for low-income Customers
As an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC), Alltel offers discounted wireless plans to qualified Customers under the Federal Universal Service Fund Low-Income program:
- Lifeline Discount
Allows qualifying low-income individuals to receive discounted rates on their monthly wireless service.
- Link-Up Discount
Provides a one-time discount on the activation fee for qualifying low-income individuals who are first-time Customers and who do not currently have telecommunications service.
Alltel’s Lifeline and Link-Up discounts are currently available in Georgia, Idaho, and North Carolina.
To be eligible for a monthly discount through a Lifeline plan, the person subscribing to the wireless service must:
- Have a billing address or residential address in a state and locality where Lifeline plan is offered.
- Meet the specific eligibility requirements of the state where he or she resides and submit a completed state certification form.
- Meet the residency requirements for the Lifeline plan. It’s not sufficient if another member of the household qualifies. Only one Lifeline account per household is allowed. Important: The state certification form requires the applicant to certify under penalty of perjury that neither the applicant nor any other member of his or her household receives Lifeline service from another carrier.
- Agree to notify Alltel as soon as he or she is no longer eligible to participate in the low-income assistance program identified at the time of enrollment.
Lifeline benefits take effect when proof of eligibility is verified and the sales representative activates the account at the retail store. Basic features of the Lifeline plan include the following:
Monthly access fee $16.49 Anytime minutes 300 Additional Anytime Minutes $0.10 per minute Nationwide local calling No toll charges Roaming charges $0.59 per minute
You may add additional features, such as voicemail and text messaging, to your Lifeline service. Airtime or additional fees may apply. You can get more information by visiting http://u-lifeline.com/.
Important: Only authorized Alltel sales representatives at Alltel retail stores can enroll you in a Lifeline plan.
To enroll for a Lifeline plan:
- Visit an Alltel retail store.
- Ask a sales representative to determine whether you reside in an ETC-designated area.
- Provide documentation that you meet the eligibility requirements for your state.
- Complete and sign the state-specific certification form under penalty of perjury.
The sales representative can now activate the account from the retail store. No contract is required. However, you may be required to purchase a device that costs at least $29.99.
To be eligible for a 50 percent discount on the activation fee through the Link-Up program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Your income qualifies as low-income according to the rules of the program.
- You are a first-time Customer.
- You do not already have telecommunications service.
Note: If you have previously received a Link-Up discount from Alltel or another carrier, you cannot receive the Link-Up discount a second time.
If you qualify for the Link-Up discount, please complete the information on the certification form related to Link-Up eligibility.
Important: In Georgia, unresolved complaints concerning Lifeline and Link-Up service availability can be directed to the Georgia Public Service Commission’s Consumer Affairs Unit at 404.656-4501.
last updated 09/18/2012
Here's the Alltel version of the Obama Phone. $16.49/mo
Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers. Lifeline helps ensure that eligible consumers have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services.
This is from the horse's mouth. It mentions "discounted service" but does not say $9.99/mo. The other post I gave says free phone and $9.99/mo but Verizon wants $33 and Alltel Wireless, $19.99 per month for their plans. I did not see a free plan. Still researching...
I have read through the carriers serving Georgia and have come to these conclusions:
- Assurance Wireless
- Is Assurance offering plans under SafeLink?
- ReachOut Wireless
This carrier may use Verizon.
"Additional ReachOut Wireless cell phone minutes never expire. Never! These Refill Minutes, as ReachOut calls them, simply roll over to the next month. So you can rest assured that every minute you buy for your phone will be valid until you use it. No matter how long it takes." - from page
- Safelink Wireless
- Life Wireless
- You can use your GSM phone if you have one. If you have an old, nicer phone this is a great option. AT&T, T-Mobile, etc
Your local wireless provider should have a program under one of these umbrella providers. My advice is, go to the local office and ask about the Free Cellphone Program. You may have to ask for a manager, etc, to find the person, but if they are local to you, you may avoid some of the problems dealing with the big companies. Ask them about the Lifeline Program and mention the free cellphone. There is usually one person who knows about this and a lot of workers who don't. But read up first! Then you will be better able to tell them about it so they can tell others.
Telephone and Wireless companies don't usually have anything on the LifeLine program on their website. If it is, it takes some digging to find it.
Keep in mind, companies are having hard times too, as they don't fill vacant positions to cut expenses. All companies seem to suffer from reduced customer service, outsourcing to India or other countries, poor English, reading from a computer, etc.
That person on the line is struggling to understand your problem, and if you get rude, they may hang up. This is why you have to take the reviews with a grain of salt. The person holding the receiver and the person who tried to help them are real people with the stress of the economy, some of us more than others.
Don't blame the person in India, it's not his or her personal fault. Try to be patient.
If you have to call customer service, try to call from a landline [a phone connected to a wall socket even if the handset is wireless]. You will be less stressed because you are not using up minutes, worried that the phone will run out of juice after you've been on hold a while, etc.
Take a deep breath. You are stressed because you depend on that phone and you don't want to be without service. Remember that you willl talk to a person who also might have financial problems and probably has been yelled at all day.
Don't give up. Ask for a supervisor. Keep calling. A different person might speak better English. Expect to be on hold for a while. Bring a small craft, light reading, or other slight distraction to the phone. Plan for an interruptible entertainment while on hold!
Your specific area may limit you to one of the umbrella providers and or one phone company.
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List of United States wireless communications service providers (in alphabetical order). According to the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), there are over 180 facilities-based wireless service providers in the United States.
The top 8 wireless telecommunications service providers in the United States, from largest to smallest by the number of current subscribers, are:
- Verizon Wireless (108.7 million)
- AT&T Mobility (108.3 million)
- Sprint Nextel (55 million)
- T-Mobile USA (34 million)
- TracFone Wireless (19 million)
- MetroPCS (9 million)
- U.S. Cellular (5.8 million)
- Cricket Wireless (6 million)
Of these, AT&T and T-Mobile use the GSM standard, while the other providers on the list, with the exception of TracFone, use CDMA. TracFone uses a combination of both GSM and CDMA. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile each operate nationwide wireless networks which cover most of the population in the United States. The smaller carriers provide native network coverage across selected regions of the United States while supplementing nationwide coverage through roaming agreements with other carriers.
 List of all U.S. wireless service providers by alphabetical order
This table's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. Please help improve the article by updating it. There may be additional information on the talk page. (September 2012)
 See also
- Cellular network
- List of US MVNO
- List of mobile network operators
- Mobile network operator
- Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
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