Knowing about your rights is the first step towards making use of them. Did you know that you have the right to receive a Government Assisted Cell Phone? The importance of a cell phone cannot be underestimated. In the current times that are fraught with dangers, it is imperative that you stay in constant touch with your loved ones. Cell phone is the best way to stay connected with your friends and family at all times. But with the sky rocketing costs of the daily amenities, it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford a cell phone for every member of the family. Thus the Government Assistance Cell Phone plan is a great option.
This Free Government Assisted Cell Phone plan is available in almost all the states, although, different states have different qualifying criteria for the plan. For the residents of Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Kansa, Washington, Rhode Island, Nevada, Texas or West Virginia, this plan is available if they are participating in any of the government assistance programs like Medicaid, Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and National School Lunch Program (NSLP). You can also qualify based on your income relative to the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
If the applicant is participating in any of the above mentioned programs, they can apply for the Government Assistance Cell Phone plan as well. Under this plan they receive a handset, free fixed minutes (68-200), the facility to send and receive phone calls, the facility to send and receive text messages, access voicemail, and call 911. For most of the states, this program is absolutely free of cost. But for a few places like Oklahoma and Texas have a few charges. Oklahoma has a $1 per month charge for cellular service and Texas has a $30 activation fee.