Living in poverty sucks! No matter where you live… but when you live in a place as beautiful as Utah, it can royally suck! Low-income families in Utah can benefit from free government cell phones. The rate of unemployment in the state is still at 7.3%. That may not sound like much, but it is. Those who qualify for the Lifeline program get a cell phone and airtime for free from Safelink wireless, the company that runs the program. A low-income family benefits from free cell phones and minutes to let them make phone calls to their family, friends, and potential employers.
Safelink Wireless and Assurance Wireless are the two companies which run the program. The beneficiaries of the program must be receiving general assistance from the federal government, must be participating in:
- Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- General Assistance
- Home Energy Assistance (HEAT/HELP)
- National School Lunch Program (Free Lunch Program Only)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Refugee Assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)
- Head Start (income qualification standard only)
Those people who are in refugee assistance program and those w working towards employment also qualify for the free cell phones.
The phone plan that is offered makes it possible for the beneficiaries to make international calls through the 68-minute plan. The 125 and 250-minute plan customers can make local calls only. At the end of the month, unused minutes roll over to the next month except for those that use the 250 minutes plan.
Other services offered include: free roaming, free 911, automatic refill of airtime every month, voicemail service, call waiting, and caller identification capability. It’s possible for the beneficiary to change plans any time.
Free government cell phones in Utah are making life better for low-income families.