Are you in need of a cell phone but can't afford one?
You might be eligible to receive a free cell phone and free monthly voice minutes.
In this day and age a telephone or a means of communication has become a necessity. However, the phone is one of the first things to go for a financially struggling family. This economy is devastating on the poor and the working class. If you find yourself without telephone service, you should get more information about this free government supported cell phone program.
A telecommunications bill that passed into law in the 1980's called Lifeline provide funds to low-income citizens so that they can afford land line telephone service. Several years ago, the program was expanded to include cell phone service.
Lifeline funds can be used by any telecommunications company. The top two telecommunications companies that are actively promoting the program is SafeLink Wireless and Assurance Wireless.
Cell phones can be essential
Cell phones have become an essential part of our daily lives. You never know when an emergency will occur. Cars break down, accidents happen away from a land line phone, children and the elderly need to be checked on, and people need be connected 24/7.
Find out if you're eligible and how to apply
What determines elibility
To be eligible for a free government supported cell phone, first, your state has to be a participant in the program. Another requirement is that your total household income must be at or near the poverty level determined by the state that you reside in. Typically if you're already receiving financial assistance in other government programs, there's a good chance you will qualify for a free cell phone and free monthly voice minutes. Each state has its application process. You might be asked to submit paperwork to prove your eligibility, but not always.
How to apply for a free cell phone
The two biggest telecommunications companies participating in the free government supported cell phone program are Safelink Wireless and Assurance Wireless. Each company has a website. They are safelink.com and assurancewireless.com. Applicants can visit their websites and print out an application based upon the state they live in. Or applicants can call their toll-free telephone numbers and request an application be mailed to them. Assistance in completing the application is also available over the telephone.
Applicants can either mail or fax their completed application to the address or fax number provided on the application. Eligible applicants will receive a free cell phone in approximately one week. Instructions will be sent with the cell phone on how to activate the phone and add the first month's free voice minutes.
States Participating in the Free Government Supported Cell Phone Program
SafeLink Wireless List of Eligible States:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Assurance Wireless List of Eligible States:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
You can stay in touch with family and friend and never be unable to communicate with others in an emergency. Apply for a free cell phone and free monthly voice minutes with Safelink Wireless or Assurance Wireless.