A free government cell phone is available for use by low-income residents who qualify for the Lifeline Assistance program. This particular federal assistance plan is offered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC.) There are over 8 million American citizens who are a part of this program and there are another 20 million who are eligible to apply.
The government program known as Lifeline provides free government cell phones with 250 free minutes each month for those people receiving government assistance or with lower incomes. It’s already estimated that close to 12 million people participate in the program and millions more are eligible. With the economy sputtering and a shortage of jobs available, Lifeline is providing a key service for those that normally wouldn’t have access to a cell phone.
A cell phone is crucial in emergency situations, staying connected with doctors, emergency services, family, and even potential employers.
Individuals that qualify for the Lifeline Assistance program typically are participants in other federally-sponsored programs such as:Food Stamps, Section 8, Medicaid, School Lunch Programs and Home Energy Assistance Programs.
Household that have an income that is below 135% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are also eligible. Only one Lifeline account is allowed per household and individuals must have a valid U.S. mailing address. Each state has their own particular qualifying standards and individuals should review the criteria that their particular state requires.