This Lifeline service was implemented in part to the high unemployment rate which was higher than the national rate. With this government program, a person will get a free cell phone with up to 250 free minutes each month. Many people are familiar with this program by it’s nickname, the Obama phone program.
Unused minutes will rollback to the next month and the fresh minutes will be automatically added for every month.
The user can access the free minutes given in the service in many ways such as to call local numbers, sending and receiving text messages, long distance calls, emergency 9-11 service, and voicemail.
The idea is that cell phone service is no longer a luxury but a basic necessity for communicating with family, medical care providers, and potential employers. By making cell phones available to people who couldn’t afford it on their own, they hope to jump start the Ohio economy.
The service program will be provided for only the citizens of Ohio with a valid U.S shipping address.
It is very easy to qualify, you just need to prove your income is in fact considered low according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If your income is less than 135% of the federal poverty guideline you qualify for the program. Refer to the chart below to see if your income qualifies you.
If you are low income and already participate in a government assistance program such as one of those listed below, your income is already verified and you automatically qualify for this great government service.
- Food Stamps
- National School Lunch Program
- Social Security Disability Income
- Ohio Works First
- Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- General Assistance (including Disability Assistance)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Total household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty
If you are receiving any of the government-assisted programs listed above or if your income is below the Poverty guideline levels, you need to take advantage of this excellent service to reduce or even eliminate your monthly cell phone bill.
There is no catch. This program was started by the government to make sure people struggling financially have access to important resources like a cell phone.
To sign up for your free phone just enter your email and zip code in the form below and you’ll be redirected to a certified Lifeline Provider in Ohio that can provide you with a free cell phone.