During these tough economic times, it can be hard to keep up with all of your monthly bills. Some low-income individuals or families living in Delaware and the rest of the United States may even go without a cell phone because they cannot afford it. There is a government benefit program called Lifeline that will help! You can now apply for a free government cell phone in Delaware.
With emerging technologies and society preferences, having a cell phone is now very important. There are several situations that would require you to have a cell phone. Without a cell phone, you cannot call family and friends whenever, or where ever. Many job applications even require you to put down a cell phone number so they can contact you. Worst, being without a cell phone may mean not having immediate access to 911 emergency services.
What Is the Lifeline Free Phone Program?
Although many people call Lifeline the “free government cell phone program”, it is actually called the Federal Lifeline Assistance Program. Lifeline was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the mid-1980s under the Reagan administration. The program first provided discounts to landline telecommunication services to eligible low-income people.
Later on, in the 2000s, Lifeline was updated to also include cell phone services, and then the FCC granted several phone companies the opportunity to provide Lifeline. Today, certain Lifeline service providers also give a free cell phone to be used with the free service of up to 250 monthly minutes. The government does not pay for the cell phones; in fact, these private phone companies pay for the cell phones as a way to help out qualified low-income Delaware residents and Americans.
Who Can Get a Free Government Cell Phone in Delaware?
Generally, there are two ways for you to qualify for a free government cell phone in Delaware. The first way to qualify is by having a low total household income. Any person who meets the income requirements can apply; currently your total household income must be at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines for Delaware.
You may also apply for a free government cell phone in Delaware if you are currently enrolled in a government assistance program such as Food Stamps or Medicaid. See the following government programs that may qualify you for Lifeline below:
- Food Stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
- Section 8, or Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- National School Lunch Program (Free Lunch Program Only)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Most Other Government Programs in Delaware
How Can I Apply for a Free Government Cell Phone in Delaware?
Applying for a free government cell phone in Delaware is easy; many Lifeline service providers offer several ways for you to apply for Lifeline in just minutes. Generally, many Lifeline providers allow you to apply for a free cell phone and service via online (fastest and easiest method), over the phone, or by completing and mailing in a paper application.
Being without a cell phone can be scary in today’s society. Don’t live without one any longer; now you can stay in touch with your friends, family, employer and more with Lifeline!
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