Staying connected with your beloved family is the first step you can take towards securing their safety at all times. Especially if you are staying away from your family due to work, it becomes all the more necessary to make sure that your loved ones back home are safe and out of danger. The need to stay in regular touch with them becomes all the more important if you have elderly parents or small kids staying alone at home. Having a cell phone has thus become a necessity. With a mobile phone, you can contact anyone at any time and know that they are safe. You can even call a friend or the police if you yourself land in some kind of trouble.
But recently the cost of almost everything has gone up. It is becoming increasingly difficult to afford the costs of a cell phone. But there is now a Government Assisted Cell Phone that is being implemented in almost all the states of the country. This Free Government Assisted Cell Phone plan is a great option for people who cannot afford a cell phone. The conditions to apply for this program may vary for state to state. But in general, the program is open to people are already making use of a government assistance program like Medicaid, Food Stamps (or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or National School Lunch Program (NSLP). However, these guidelines for qualification are changing based on a Lifeline reform that was recently published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). So, be sure to check the qualifications for your state at the time you are applying.
Under this Government Assistance Cell Phone program, the person gets a certain amount of free minutes (68-250) every month, the facility to send and receive text messages, make local and long distance calls, access voicemail, and call 911. It’s easy to apply for Lifeline mobile phone service. There are several providers available on the internet with on-line applications. Just fill out the application, submit it, and your free cell phone will be mailed to you. As of June 1, 2012, there will be an additional requirement of proof of participation in a qualifying program.