Another compassionate government program that became bloated and out of control. The idea was that to get a job, you need a means of communication. So the government (i.e., you and me), would give phones so people could be contacted and have an emergency means of communication.
It seems that the government can not run any program without immense waste.
Here is a link to the sponsor of a bill to "correct" the problem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQHEFuMzvj4&feature=relmfu).