A cellphone is like must-have thing for everyone at present. You never know when you are going to need the help of an emergency service like 911. Anything can happen at any time and you can’t stay always prepared. In these situations cellphones are of great help. You just need to dial the number of an emergency service and they will rush to you in order to help you.
Unfortunately, people with low income can’t always afford a cellphone and pay the bills. Besides, the daily expenses are going up after the recession. Therefore, poor people don’t have enough money to afford a cellphone after paying for all other expenses.
Fortunately, the Federal and State government has a program called Lifeline to provide uninterrupted telecom service to financially disabled people. But there are certain requirements that should be fulfilled to get selected for the program. Not everyone can get qualified, but people with low-income can. Currently the program is available in most states and the requirements might vary slightly from state to state. The amount of free minutes you will receive along with your free cellphone depends on the area you reside.
Requirements to be eligible for this program might differ as well. Your household income should be at or below 150 percent (for Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas) and 135 percent for rest of the states in order to get qualified and avail the service of this program.
While using the free minutes of your cellphone, try to be efficient and save it for emergencies. The minutes you save each month rolls over and accumulate with the next month. Another interesting thing about this program is that you can keep the phone even if you cancel your participation from the ‘cellphone for low-income people’ program.