A mobile phone today is more of a necessity than anything else. The world today is driven by technology. And without a cell phone one loses out on a number of opportunities. A cell phone is required not only to stay in constant touch with friends and family, but also to keep regular contact with people at work. These days, there are many businesses that depend heavily on the mobile phone. The cell phone becomes the office for these people. Working people and students that are staying away from home because of work or studies have an especially dire need of a cell phone to be able to talk to their families and friends. Also, if your aged parents are living on their own, it is imperative that they have a cell phone so that they can contact you at any time or in case of any emergency.
But unfortunately for some people it is not that easy to afford a cell phone. Especially with the costs of everything skyrocketing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the costs of a cell phone, let alone one for each member of the family. But there is now a Free Government Assisted Cell Phone program under which the people who qualify are entitled to receive a Government Assisted Cell Phone. This program is available in all the states of the country but qualifying criteria could be different in each state. Under this Government Assistance Cell Phone, a person gets a free handset and various facilities like making local and long distance calls, sending and receiving text messages, accessing voice mail and 911. It is very easy to get this service as there are a number of online providers who can help you by providing a simple on line application.
People who 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) can apply for their phones in the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Washington, Rhode Island, Nevada, Iowa, Texas or West Virginia. You can also qualify based on your income if it falls below 135% of the Federal Poverty Level.