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Free Cell Phones From The Government

Updated on May 25, 2010

Over the past decade, cell phone use has become the norm. Everywhere you go you’ll see that people are on their cell phones. Unfortunately, there is still a large portion of people that cannot afford cell phones. Cell phone plans can range from 50 dollars a month up to 100 or more dollars a month. People that are living in poverty and barely able to pay for shelter and food don’t have the financial means to pay for a cell phone plan. You may be wondering why people living in poverty would need cell phones. Cell phones are especially useful in emergency situations. For example, if you witnessed a crime in progress, you couldn’t easily pull out your cell phone and call the police. Another important use for cell phones is for finding jobs. When you apply for a job, you normally have to leave a phone number so that the employer can contact you if they decide to offer you a job.

To help the people who cannot afford cell phones, there is a program which offers free cell phones from the government. To get these cell phones, your household income is used as a measure of whether or not you get a free phone. You would have to prove your eligibility by submitting documents proving your income. But if you are already receiving other government assistance such as food stamps or housing benefits, then you can submit documentation proving that which would get you a free cell phone from the government.

Be sure that the area that you live in currently offers free cell phones from the government. Go to the Safelink Wireless website and input your area code to verify whether or not the program is offered there. With a free cell phone, you also get free airtime minutes which come out to about 60 minutes per month depending on where you live. That is not a lot of minutes but it’s just enough for making emergency calls. You can also add more airtime minutes for a fee. If you don’t use up your free minutes for the current month, it will roll to the next month. These free cell phones are for you to keep even if you decide not to participate in free cell phones from the government program anymore. Safelink Wireless will need to evaluate your household income yearly if you wish to participate in the program the next year.


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      7 years ago

      I'm below the poverty level and I'm not the head of the house , why can't i receive a government phone?

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      7 years ago

      Which politicians support this program? Do they have connections to the provider?

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      lillian e ingram 

      8 years ago

      i am old. an cell phone


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