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Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy as Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans

HellDeskJockey

A Lifeline or "Obama phone" is a program to give low income people access to telecommunications. The rest of us pay a fee on our phone bills to provide this. If you are at or below 135% of poverty line you can get a discount on phone service. Google FCC Lifeline for details.

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