Our connectivity to the world completely depends on a cell phone. No one can deny the fact that a mobile phone is very important for each one of us. A cell phone helps us stay in touch with our friends and family anytime anywhere. More importantly, a mobile phone is used as an essential business tool today. With the augmenting costs of everything, for many people cell phone is nothing but an extra bill to be paid at the end the month.
The free cellular phone service provided by the Lifeline program is now available for the residents of Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Kentucky, Washington, Rhode Island, Nevada, Iowa, Texas, West Virginia as well as the other states of the country. Under this Lifeline program, applicants receive free government cell phone service in the form of free minutes. Along with this cell phone service, they receive the vital facilities like sending and receiving text messages, making local and long distance calls, accessing 911 and voicemail.
To be able to apply for this government cell phone service, the applicant must be eligible for the subsidy. The eligibility criteria vary from state to state. Usually, the applicants must be taking part in any of the government programs like Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
Under this free government cell phone plan, people who qualify are permitted to receive a government subsidy, which pays every month for your free minutes. The number of free minutes are fixed and may range anywhere between 60 and 250 per month, depending on the state of residence of the applicant.