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Free Cell Phones for Unemployed

Updated on September 13, 2012

First, if you are already participating in other state or federal assistance programs such as food stamps or housing assistance, then you would qualify for a free cell phone. Your household income should also be 135% or below the poverty guidelines. Finally, you must also be living in a state that currently offers this program.

Go to Safelink Wireless and fill out the applicable applications. Submit proof that you are eligible for free cell phones for unemployed people. You should be getting your free phone soon after. Remember that you only get about 60 to 70 minutes of free airtime each month. So don’t go using up all your minutes on chatting. It should be used for real emergencies or for your job search. Also, any minutes that you save from that month rolls over to the next month. Each household is only allowed one free cell phone. Should you cancel the contract later on, you can still keep the phone for free. Safelink Wireless also needs to check your eligibility every year before you sign again.

Unemployed people have many financial difficulties. They need to save as much money as they can for just basic necessities such as food and shelter. When people are unemployed, luxury goes out the door first. Then gradually other things begin to go too such as a cell phone plan. Although a few people may consider cell phones a luxury, it is actually a necessity. Without a cell phone, unemployed people have a harder time getting a job. When people apply for jobs, they need to leave a phone number where they can be reached. Without a cell phone, a job opportunity would be missed.

Fortunately for unemployed people, they can get free cell phones for unemployed people. These free cell phones are supported by the federal government and provided by Safelink Wireless. Along with the free cell phone, they also provide free airtime as well. This government supported cell phone program is similar to other income based programs. There are a few things you need to have in order to qualify for free cell phones for unemployed people.


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      jane adair 

      4 years ago

      I am on benefits and struggling to cope with what I live on and dont require a mobile

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      Tony Thomas 

      7 years ago

      60-70 minutes per month- though better than nothing is hardly enough for those looking for jobs, having to call in for jobs, and the time you have to wait until a live person calls.4+ hours per week would be far better, it gives 240 minutes per week which if you divide into the average 30 days, it gives 8 minutes per day, 5 minutes on hold, three minutes live to gather info and then try to get transportation. That is razor thin time. But, if people held it to calls 4 times per week, then the hour gives 15 minutes. I wait almost that long trying to call Dept of Human Resources, and wait almost 10 minutes on my job search with a company. I think, though I am glad for the charitable nature of the companies which provide refurbished old phones and put some time on them, I think people need to see exactly how long it would take to make sample calls, and to gather information. For those searching for work, and required to make several calls a day and per week, this could still be a hardship. Not all job loss is the employee's fault, and when downsizing to match the smaller paychecks due to fewer hours, si they are effectively living hand to mouth per two weeks. So, I would ask people, when providing a service or "ASSUMING" to please do sample runs under the 'assumptions' to see how true or viable the plan would be.

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      7 years ago

      I think that the government should definitely offer more programs like this to people who are unemployed.

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      7 years ago

      I'm assuming willie monroe will never find a job... because he can't read. Cell phones are a luxury not a necessity.

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      willie monroe 

      8 years ago

      can unemployed people get this phone as well


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