Hi. I'm a little curious about this. I have a question I want to post that mentions free government cell phones and I want to make sure I get this little piece of information correct.
I looked up "Which U.S. President started free cell phones?" And I saw the following:
"The FCC established the Lifeline program in 1984 during the Ronald Reagan Administration to provide qualified individuals with discounts on phone service."
However this does not tell me if President Reagan was responsible for issuing and offering free government cell phones to people.
I know free government cell phones are commonly referred to as "Obamaphones" because they were popular when Obama was in office.
Cell phones have been around since the '80s but they were nothing like the 21st century cell phones we have now. Smartphones are cell phones with multiple features including internet access.
Did free government cell phones exist before Obama took office? If so what U.S. president was responsible for issuing and offering them to people?
Please help. Thank you.