The Lifeline program is a federal program helping low-income households that meet low-income eligibility requirements to obtain phone services.
Here’s some numbers that matter for you: Wisconsin is one of the seventeen states that currently qualify for this program. Within the state, about 547,000 households likely qualify for a free phone. Wisconsin is behind other states in business development and income; it consistently ranks near the bottom of the fifty states in creation of new companies.
Residents of the Badger State have suffered as a result.
With the current economy, the government feels it is increasingly important to have phone access. Having phone service can help low-income households be reached more easily by potential employers, or even to obtain help if stranded by the side of the road. You may be eligible to receive free government cell phones in Wisconsin.
The most well known provider offering free government cell phone service is Q Link Wireless. They offer free mobile service, mobile access to emergency services and 250 free minutes every month (with unused minutes rolling over to the next month). But there are differences between the plans and the phones they give out. When the plan is done, program participants may reapply for the free service.
I know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking “How do I know if I qualify for this life-saver of a program?” To be eligible in Wisconsin for the fee phone service households must participate in one of the following:
- Badger Care
- Food Stamp Programs
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
- Medical Assistance (MA)
- Supplemental Security Inc (SSI)
- Wisconsin Homestead Tax Credit (Schedule H)
- Wisconsin Works (W2)
- Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- National School Lunch Program (Free Lunch Program Only)
Households may also be eligible if a one person household makes $14,621 or less annually. For additional household members, add $5,049 for each member to determine income eligibility rate.
If you are eligible through one or more of these programs, it’s easy to complete an application and have your new free cell phone in as soon as 7 to 14 days! Just fill out the form below to get started.