Today Michigan’s government assisted cell phones, are available to low-income, disabled and the elderly in the state. There are many cities affected by the downturn economy. Detroit, Dearborn, Flint, Pontiac, and Lansing, are some of the hardest hit cities in Michigan.
For some, the loss of higher-paying factory and industry jobs, have hurt not just families, but whole communities. Good-paying jobs have been replaced with lower paying service jobs. Presently, 15.7% of Michigan’s residents, fall below the U.S. Poverty Guidelines.
How are Free Phones Provided?
Now, more people than ever, are receiving some type of temporary government assistance. The FCC-mandated free government phone program helps the elderly, low-income families, veterans and disabled. If you are receiving federal assistance or participating in any poverty program, you may qualify.
The Lifeline Assistance Program is a nationwide, government benefit. The funding for the program comes from Universal Service Fund fee, charged for all telecommunications services. The Universal Service Fee is not new, as this service began in the 1930s to help all Americans, receive affordable telephone service.
How to Qualify
Anyone whose Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines can also qualified for Michigan Government Cell Phones. Providers that Service Michigan. The following are list of providers that provide Lifeline phone Assistance in the state. Service may vary from company to company, but all offer free and low-cost cellular services.
To receive Lifeline Telephone Service in Michigan, you must certify you or someone in your household currently receives benefits from one of these programs:
· Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly Food Stamps
· Supplemental Security Income (SSI)· Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
· Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
· Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
· National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program (NSL)
Michigan Government Assisted Cell Phones
This program, is now available in Michigan, and many low-income families can now qualify for a phone, and 250 free minutes a month . Families who earn an income of 150 percent of the poverty guidelines or below qualify for the service. This program is supported by the Universal Service Administrative Company, an part of the Federal Communications Commission. This service provides the following:
- A Phone,
- Free voice mail,
- Call waiting
- Caller ID,
- 200 free minutes
Michigan Government Providers
Here is a list of companies working with the Lifeline program, to provider free and affordable cellular or land line services. Plans vary from company to company, but all provide the services laid out by the Lifeline Assistance Program.
- Access Wireless
- American Assistance
- Budget Mobile
- Life Wireless
- QLink Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- Tag Mobile
- Total Call Mobile
Now that you have all the basics, go to one of the government phone providers listed above to apply for your own cellular phone. You need to submit proof of your income by submitting, payroll stubs, W-2 forms, letter from government agencies, child support or alimony documents, etc. When you are approved, you will be notified by email, letter, or robo-call.