Many of those living in the United States who are physically challenged probably want to know if there are free cell phones for disabled people. Luckily, the Life Line Phone Program set up by the Regan Presidential administration made it possible for anyone from seniors to disabled people; get a free landline or wireless phone.
For obvious reasons of course, 30 years ago, the program wasn’t designed for making wireless phone service accessible to low income or disabled people- because cell phones weren’t commercially available for the average person. Well today, wireless phones are commercially available, so much so, people have already begun to replace their wire line phone with a wireless one.
And today’s dilemma, given how widely available cell phones are, is the fact that the monthly bill can be cost prohibitive, especially to people on a fixed income and living with physical challenges. Imagine this fact: the average cell phone bill can be nearly $50-60 dollars a month. And as services are added, costs have a tendency to rise including data charges and even the cost of handsets and upgrades. And if you’re physically challenged on a limited income, cell phone service can be a luxury. But in this day and age, cell phone service is a must have. It can help with safety and peace of mind. And no one should have to make “or” based decisions when it comes to buying communication tools like a cell phone.
Luckily, there is an option for disabled people to get free wireless service and free cell phones under the Life Line Phone program.
You may want to know what’s included under government phone service for disabled people. It is as follows:
- Free Monthly Minutes (Most government phone programs include at least 250 minutes. These programs include Safelink Wireless and Assurance Wireless)
- Free Emergency Calling
- Free Texting (The amount of texts will vary from free cell phone provider)
- Free Three Way Calling
- Free Voicemail
- Free Wireless Cell Phone
If you do have a disability, you will find that there are several options to choose from when it comes to free government phones. These providers include: Safelink, Assurance, Budget Mobile and Tag Mobile just to name a few.
The eligibility requirements are ran by the states. But typically for each state if you are disabled, you must be able to attest that you receive just ONE of the following:
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program
- Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
- Food Stamps/SNAP
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
A few things you should know as it relates to eligibility requirements. Firstly, you should know that you will need to reapply to the program yearly to maintain free cell phone service. And secondly that you have options as stated before as it relates to providers. Assurance and Safelink are the most popular.
As you can see, free cell phones for disabled people in fact DO exist. It is a much needed service offering for those who need it.