Free Phones Draws Crowd, Including Police

Free and hot are two words bound to cause some tension. And it did at 58th and Ames. Omaha police responded to a disturbance call at a free phone give away. The tension eased when officers arrived.

A company called "Life Wireless" handed out free cell phones and minutes today. There can be a long wait so bring patience and a bottle of water if you stand in line for the offer.

"Alisha Gilmore a phone customer says, "They should have some sort of security out here to help. That’s the whole thing in a nutshell. I appreciate what they're trying to do but get some organization."

Life Wireless is using a government program to provide the phones and minutes to low income customers. It’s designed to give cell time to those who need to make emergency or family calls and is closely regulated.

Jim Carpenter, senior vice president, Life Wireless provided a statement to Channel Six News.

"Life Wireless is proud to provide affordable phone service to low-income individuals and families through the federal Lifeline program. It’s critical that all Omaha residents have access to the telephone service they need to stay connected to loved ones, medical providers, emergency services and potential employers.

Today’s sales event, our first in Omaha, attracted large crowds, and some customers waited a long time to sign up for phone service. We regret any problems this may have caused. Life Wireless trains field representatives to select sales locations that take into account the safety of our customers."

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