How to get a free government cell phone

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Lifeline Program offers free cell phones to eligible households. The program also offers free of cost phone services including free airtime and text messages. The aim of Lifeline Program is to ensure that everyone has a cell phone since it has become a necessity of modern lifestyle. Phone helps in emergencies and majority of employment opportunities require candidates to provide their cell phone number for communication. To put simply, a phone is your link to the outside world but majority of low-income families often find it impossible to afford a phone and pay monthly bills. Lifeline Program helps such families by offering free cell phone and phone services. Below you will find eligibility details for the program. At the end, you will learn how to apply for Lifeline cell phone.

Eligibility for Lifeline Program

In order to qualify for Lifeline Program and receive your free cell phone, you will need to meet the following requirements.

  • Households with at least one member receiving assistance from any of these programs may qualify for Lifeline Program.

    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families(TANF)

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP)

    • Supplemental Security Income(SSI)

    • Medicaid

    • National School Lunch Program

    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program(LIHEAP)

    • Section 8(FPHA)

    • Any other federal assistance program that is included in eligibility list by your state.

  • You may qualify for Lifeline Program if your household income is within low-income brackets defined by your state.

  • You may qualify for Lifeline Program if you receive assistance from any of the federal assistance programs mentioned above and you live in Tribal lands. Such residents may also qualify if they receive assistance from Bureau of Indian Affairs, HeadStart Program, Food Distribution Program, or Tribal TANF.

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