Government Cell Phone Plans

The government cell phone program has been a great help to many disadvantaged individuals and families since the 80s.  Cell phones make the world go around and keeps us connected to everything from families to our Facebook friends.

Most of us would not know what to do without them.  There are many people would not have a phone without free government cell phone service.   The economy has improved, however, not for everyone.

The recession is still affecting many families in the United States today.    There are so many expenses to consider, being able to communicate is a necessity, not an option!   If you have been hit hard by the economy, and your finances have not recovered,  you may qualify for a subsidized phone, and service.

Government Cell Phone Assistance

This federally funded program provides affordable and discount cellular service to low-income families.   The Universal Service Fund fee on all mobile services and land lines,  facilitate the program. You can choose from a few programs with 150 carry over minutes and 250 minutes and more depending on the carrier.  When your 250 minutes are gone, you can purchase more time for a nominal fee.

The government cell phone program works with FCC, and  phone providers, to provide  mobile cellular services  to low-income families.  Each qualified applicant receives a phone and monthly minutes, at no cost to the recipient.

However, you no longer have to worry about checking on your children when you are out.  Reaching your boss when you are running late or having a working contact number when looking for a job.


How to Apply and Qualify

There are a few ways to apply for the program.  You can apply in person,  on-line or by telephone.  Of course, it is much easier to apply online.  If you have the internet, visit the website that is associated with the program. (see providers list).   Fill out the application, verify eligibility by checking requirements and submit proof of eligibility.

You qualify for Lifeline assistance, if you receive, Food Stamps, LHEAP, Section 8, Medicaid, WIC, etc., or work and are low-income.  The top companies are Safelink Wireless, Assurance  Wireless, and ReachOut Wireless.   To find out more about them click on the links here, or go their website for direct information.

Some  providers vary, but all provide either discount or free services.   Next to each company name, is the state where the program is active.  They all offer similar benefits, and re-certification is necessary each year to assure you are still eligible for help.

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Things you need to know:

If your total family income is 135% of the  Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2012 for the 48 states is as follows:   Please check the current qualifications for the year.  

Source Calculations are always subject to changes depending on the economy.

 House –
hold  
 100%
 133%
 150%
200%
 300%
400%
 1
$11,170
$14,856
$16,755
$22,340
$33,510
$44,680
 2
15,130
 20,123
22,695
  30,260
45,390
60,520
 3
19,090
 25,390
28,635
  38,180
57,270
76,360
 4
23,050
 30,657
34,575
  46,100
69,150
92,200
 5
27,010
 35,923
40,515
  54,020
81,030
108,040
 6
30,970
 41,190
46,455
  61,940
92,910
123,880
 7
34,930
 46,457
52,395
  69,860
104,790
139,720
 8
38,890
 51,724
58,335
  77,780
116,670
155,560
 For each additional person, add
$3,960
 $5,267
$5,940
  $7,920
$11,880
$15,840

 

6 thoughts on “Government Cell Phone Plans

  1. bree

    I am on WIC and I qualified right away. It was probably the easiest thing I have had to do.
    P.S. I really like your site. :)

    1. Pamela Lipscomb Post author

      Bree, I’m glad you were able to get the help you need. I know it can be difficult caring for you family. Good luck!

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