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What is a Free Government Phone, and How Can I Get One

Who doesn’t love free things? It is safe to say that most individuals within the United States would gladly accept an item that is given to them freely; however, the reality is that in many cases there are usually hidden strings attached.

So when you hear about people being able to receive free government phones, it’s likely that you will be somewhat skeptical of these claims. You may be interested to find out that the government does provide a program that offers free phones to lower-income individuals who qualify.

About Lifeline Program

The program is called Lifeline , and it is able to provide a free cell phone and base level of service for individuals that meet the government standards, which requires a household to be at or below the 135 percent federal poverty line.

There are ultimately two ways that you can qualify for the Lifeline Program . Income-based eligibility is what we just addressed, having one’s household income at or below the 135% federal poverty line.

  • Tribal Programs
  • SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • Section 8, or Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

 

The Lifeline program was originally started back in 1985 in order to help lower-income individuals have reliable phone access. Over the past several decades as mobile technology has become more and more commonplace, as well as more accessible, the program has evolved to cover cell phones. Since the majority of the population relies on cell phones in order to maintain consistent communication, especially since land lines are not as relevant or easily accessible any longer, access to cell phones is seen as a basic need that nearly everyone should be able to have access to.

It is important to realize that there can only be one Lifeline Program benefit per household, and this includes any wireless or landline telephone, in addition to any home internet or cell phone plan that you may be engaged in.

In order to apply fully for the Lifeline Program , one should first select a cell phone or internet company that participates in the government program. AirVoice Wireless is such a company, and has been specifically focused since 1999 on providing only the highest quality of customer service with each and every plan that our customers choose. If we provide service within your state, then we can easily look into whether you may qualify or not.

The next step is to fill out an application, which AirVoice Wireless can provide. This application requires your first and last name, your date of birth, your current address and the last four digits of your Social Security number, or Tribal identification number. You will also need proof of income, which can consist of a current statement from a current employer, as well as various other statements such as a retirement or pension statement of benefits in order to include program proof.

Identity verification is the next step, which can potentially require items such an unexpired driver’s license, a W-2 form, a Social Security card, birth certificate, as well as a permanent resident card, an unexpired passport, a military discharge document, or any number combination of these as required.

The last piece of the puzzle is simply receiving your particular Lifeline benefits after being cleared!

So if you have been wondering how the Lifeline Phone program is able to assist you, let AirVoice Wireless help you in your journey in receiving a free government phone. For more information, or for any questions regarding this program and whether you may be eligible, please call us at 877-247-7799 today.


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