Many food stamp recipients are unaware of the free food stamp cell phone service that they are eligible for. Receiving food stamps is one of several criteria that qualifies individuals to receive free cell phone service. It is made possible by the Lifeline program, a program created in 1983 by the Federal Communications Commission. This program was designed to enable low-income households receive basic telephone service. Free The free cell phone with food stamps include a free cell phone and up to 250 free monthly minutes.
The first company to offer this service was SafeLink, a company created by TracFone to provide free phones and free airtime minutes to qualifying individuals. The SafeLink program includes caller ID, call waiting, and voicemail. Recipients must be re-qualified for the program every year. Service is limited to one plan per household. The SafeLink Wireless program is supported by the U.S. government. You can apply on their website, safelink.com. Sprint also began offering free cell phone service through its Assurance Wireless plan in 2009. This plan is also subsidized by the government. It is available to people who receive food stamps. It also offers a free cell phone and 250 free monthly minutes. This plan is funded by the Universal Service Fund, which is a federal program funded by taxpayers. It subsidizes phone services in many rural areas. It is available in about ten states right now and is in the process of expanding to additional states.To apply, visit their website, assurancewireless.com.
A third company which has recently begun offering free cell phone service to food stamps recipients is ReachOut Wireless. ReachOut Wireless is presently available in fourteen states. They hope to expand their service to additional states as well. It is not as big as Assurance Wireless or SafeLink, the largest free cell phone provider, but it offers reliable service.
Lifeline is an outstanding program
that's now helping 8 million lower income Americans in 37 states, Washington, DC & Puerto Rico, but we won't be satisfied until it's available for those who need it in every state. - Mark Henry
"I don't really feel having a telephone in your household these days is a luxury, it's really a necessity." - Cheryl
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