Quick Facts about Free Government Cell Phones

Do you want to understand Lifeline Assistance program? Read these quick facts.

The free government cell phones, formally named Lifeline Assistance, is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission or FCC. The main purpose of the program is to connect low-income Americans to family, current or potential employers and emergency services.

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Not everyone is eligible for this program. There is a specific qualification process for the program. To be eligible for Lifeline Assistance program, the applicant must already receive one or more government assistance (such as SNAP, Medicaid, etc.) and/or have an income that is below 136 percent of the federal Poverty Guidelines.

Lifeline Assistance program does not give away free cell phones to qualified applicants haphazardly. The program has been highly regulated by the FCC. Only one account is available per qualified household.

The program is not funded by taxes. That’s right. The program is funded by the Universal Service Fund or USF. All telecommunications companies in the United States have to contribute to the USF, based on their revenues.

The program does not offer smartphones (as of now) or unlimited service. The cell phones that the program offers are basic, simple cell phones. The services offered cover up to 250 free minutes every month.

Some people referred these phones as “Obama Phones.” However, it is not accurate. The Lifeline Assistance program started offering free cell phones coverage since 2005, was during the presidency of George W. Bush.

A Lifeline account holder has to undergo annual re-certification if they want to keep the free service under this program. Also, if a Lifeline account is inactive for more than 60 days, either the account holder be incurred charges or disconnected.

Want more information?

You can read more important information about this program at http://lifelineservice4u.com/