Do you qualify for a free government phone?
The government’s Lifeline Program gives out “free government phones” – known as Obama Phones – and free monthly minutes services to Americans who are eligible.
Times are not that easy for some people lately, and you might have to choose whether or not you are able to pay for your mobile cell phone, if you even own one. But the government has authorized phone companies to provide “free government phones” to millions Americans! How much would one of these free government phones help you improve the lives of you and your family?
“An employer can reach you more easily to help you secure a job if you have a free government phone. Staying in contact with your physician and other important professionals is easier with a free government phone. A free government phone can help you stay connected with people you need to connect with.”
The government will pay for your free cell phone and service!
What is a free government phone?
Thanks to the FCC-mandated, government program, called LifeLine Assistance, the financially needy can apply for a “free government phone” and get up to 250 free minutes per month. About 12.5 million people are a part of this program already, and millions more qualify for eligibility. With the economy being slow, many more Americans are finding that they qualify for the Lifeline Assistance government phone service program than was possible a few years ago.
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The United States government started the Lifeline phone program in the 1990′s via a mandate by the FCC. Lifeline is funded by the Universal Service Fund fees seen on everyone’s telephone bills, and it provides eligible phone users with discounted (often totally free) monthly phone service and phones. It began as a landline telephone program in rural areas – and a few years ago made it added cell phones to eligibility. It’s been commonly called the “Obama phone” because if it’s recent popularity and increased need lately, but it’s an urban legend that Obama provides it becasue the free cell phones under this program were actually added under the Bush Administration, and by Reagan before that for landlines. It has been promoted
There are about 12 million or so active owners of free government phones with service provided through this government funded program, provided mostly by three major mobile phone companies who are backed by large telecommunications companies like Sprint/Nextel. (Think they are making and money? hmmmm…..) Anyway, Here’s what you get with your free government phone if you qualify to have one:
A free government phone is not necessarily just a cheap wireless phone or a discounted version. These are newer models, fully featured cell phones, backed by large and established mobile phone corporations. You won’t get an iPhone, Android or Blackberry, but you’ll get a basic, new cell phone.
In addition to getting the cell phone, which comes with voice mail, call waiting and caller ID, you will typically get up to 250 minutes of airtime per month. It’s not enough airtime to let your teenager gab on it everyday, and it’s intended for emergency and important usage. Really, anyone complaining should remember that service is provided for “free” to qualified users in need, and is indirectly paid for by other tax-paying Americans. In addition, most companies offer the ability to send and receive text messages.
Who do you get the free government phone from?
Several companies participate in the Lifeline program, but three of them dominate the market. You may not have heard of the names of the providing companies, but you’ll recognize the big name companies behind their Lifeline divisions. Safelink Wireless is the largest of the providers, backed by prepaid wireless company Tracfone. Assurance Wireless is another growing companay, and is a subsidiary of Nextel/Sprint’s Virgin Wireless. ReachOut Wireless, backed by Nexus Communications, is also involved. They all have various plans to choose from and you can select one that will work for you. Other major companies can also help provide Lifeline free government phones as well.
Because this is a federal government-sponsored program, the features of each company’s plans are similar, and the qualifications to obtain the phone are similar across company plans and across different states. You can find out how easy it is to qualify for a government phone, either by current qualification certain public assistance programs, or based on your low income. These government phones are reserved for people in need.
So no matter why you need a cell phone: to look for employment, to keep in contact with your kids, or to have on hand for an emergency, you can get one without any up-front investment.
Click here to learn more on how to qualify and apply!