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Free Low Income Cell Phones Offered By the Government

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Have you ever heard about free low income cell phones? Believe it or not, you can actually get a free cell phone if you are among those people who have a low income. Nowadays, people need to have a cell phone in order to maintain a constant communication with their loved ones and other people as well. Cell phones are a modern necessity and it is very essential to keep in touch with one another so that we know that everyone is safe or we are up to date with the current events in our community. Although almost everyone owns a cell phone, there are people who aren’t fortunate enough to have a high income. They cannot afford to pay for the expensive plans of service providers thus they opt to stop using their cell phones at times.


Lifeline program

The government has now included free cell phones and free phone services as part their government-assisted products. These are provided by the US government to qualified citizens especially to the elderly people and those individuals who have low income. In 1984, the program was assimilated into the previous Reagan administration thru the FCC. Such program was referred to as the Lifeline program. It aimed to deliver phone assistance to the people with low income and also the elderly so they will have a communication with other people and be able to keep up with the current activities.

For qualification, the applicants must follow the guidelines set by the regulations. The program’s phone service must be utilized for seeking job opportunities and looking for employment. Victims of domestic violence can use it to reach the abuse hotline. The elderly people can use this service to contact their families and loved ones. During that time, landline phones were supplied since cell phones weren’t available.

How the Free Cell Phone Program Works

Free calls

Today, free cell phones are completely true and legitimate. As a matter of fact, there are various service providers and companies who work in collaboration with the government and conduct cautious screening process in giving out free cell phones. Until now, Lifeline supports free cell phone services. There are at least 1,500 telephone companies which are offering the Lifeline program within the United States of America. Safelink, Sprint and TracFone are among the many companies who help offering in low cost cell phone service plan.

The offer varies from one state to another. However, low income families can qualify to acquire a free cell phone or landline phone with additional free 250 minutes in one month. They can also purchase additional minutes at low rates if they want to. In order to maintain receiving free call minutes every month, you need to comply different requirements; requirements differ in every state. There are some states that require you to make at least one call in every 90 days, while other states require only at least one call for every 60 days.

The program is limited only to just one phone in each household. So, if someone in your family has already availed of this program then other family members could no longer apply for it. It is also a big requirement that you must have a valid postal address of United States in order to receive free the phone kit.

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In reality, there are still a few people who haven’t heard about this free cell phone program. Well, there may be a lot of people out there who have heard about it but they do not have a clear understanding of how it works. Most people know that they need a cell phone but with the rising costs of cellular service plans, it is difficult to having even just one cell phone in the household. Low income families find it hard to own a cell phone since almost everything has been a difficult task for them such as working hard, taking care of everyone’s need and paying off bills and insurances.

The government came up with this service to give assistance to those people who are working from home but do not have phone access. Giving out free cell phones is the government’s way of helping its citizens but they need to pay careful attention to those who really belong to the low income group. Free cell phones are only given to those who qualify for the service. Through a careful screening process, a cell phone is given to a qualified individual.

How to Avail Of This Program

To avail of this free cell phone program, you need to complete an application to determine if you are eligible for it. Application can be made through a government or company website. Typically, if you are under any type of government assistance, you are automatically qualified and you can apply for it through a local provider. If you belong in one of these Government Assistance Programs, you may qualify for a free cell phone:

•             LIHEAP or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

•             TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

•             Food Stamps

•             Section 8 or Federal Public Housing Assistance

•             Medicaid

•             Food Stamps

•             Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

•             National School Lunch Programs

On the other hand, if you're not on any government assistance program, you should check your states guidelines for poverty level based on income and you might still qualify for it. Some states allow qualification for a free cell phone it you are at the poverty level of 150%.


Cell phone users

To help low income families, the government has created special programs that aim to help people in need. About 278 million people are currently benefiting from this free cell phone program offered by the government and other several private phone companies. If you think that you qualify for this service, you can go and check the internet and obtain the benefits of this program for free cell phones. Life is really difficult when you don't make a lot of money and it may seem impossible at times especially if you have kids. This program is indeed very significant for people who cannot afford a phone and phone service; it is a means of communication with their loved ones.



Aug 24, 2011 3:50am
Sorry for not liking the article, but the reference to 278 million people benefiting from this program can only be an indication that the entire country be benefiting from a few million actually making use of the program. My dissent however derives itself from paying for my SVC tracfone service, which is very feeble $7 per month for a basic service. From the moeny I as a senior pensioner pay, this fund gets supported....why should I be subsidizing another free-loader's happy days? Especially when when it's so affordable anyway.
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