If you qualify, you can get a cell phone from the free Government cell phone program. The program is known as the Lifeline Assistance Program and it started off providing landline phone service for those who needed phones in their homes but couldn’t afford it. However, as cell phone usage grew they decided to add them in the mix as well.
The program uses services such as TracFone Wireless and SafeLink to provide affordable cell phone service to those who are considered low income.
Each state runs the program a little differently but the outcome is still the same. Low income families will be able to get a cell phone with 250 free minutes each and every month. Of course you have the option to buy more minutes should you run out before months end. The program only provides free phone service for one year. However, at the end of the year you may be able to receive assistance again.
As stated before, each state operates the program a little differently. For example, in Texas you are required to make a phone call at least once every 90 days to keep the service. In Florida you must make a call once every 60 days. You must check with your state and see what the requirements are. Your state should have a page on their website explaining how the program works. They will also have income information so you will know if you qualify.
To receive a free government cell phone you must first fill out an application to see if you qualify. The phone must be used for job seeking purposes for those who are able bodied and can work. This is not a free handout. The Government is actually trying to make it easier for those unemployed to find jobs. After all, its hard for a potential employer to get in contact with someone who doesn’t have a phone. So if you are looking for a free phone with no work requirements, this is not the program for you. For seniors the phone can be used to stay in touch with their families.
There are a variety of different ways that you can go about applying for this program. You can apply in person at a government office, you can apply via telephone or you can apply online.
Applying online is by far the most convenient way to get the process started. To apply online you will need to visit a website that uses this government program. Some of the companies that use the program are Assurance Wireless, ReachOut Wireless and Safelink Wireless.
Once you get to the website fill out the application to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. After you have finished the application you will see a map showing you which programs are available in your area. Please note that the Lifeline Assistance Program is available to low income families in every state, territory, commonwealth and Tribal land.