The 411 on Free Cell Phones

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Free cell phone plans usually sound too good to be true. But if you’re not a serious cell phone user, you may find you’re paying too much for your cell plan every month. Wasting money on minutes, megabytes and texting you never use.

While there are numerous affordable options for cell phone service, you should take advantage of matching cell phone plans from every provider. There are many cell phone providers now providing free phone plans to qualified customers. And free means free. You get a certain number of minutes, texts, and data every month…for free.

Of course, there are conditions. But if you’re not a real cell phone user and you don’t want to pay a cell phone bill every month, this might be what you’re looking for. You could also be eligible for the government phone subsidy program.

Here are some facts about free government cell phones and the folks who own them.

  • Over 11 million free government cell phones are in usage. The program started in ’99 with landline service. Since the 1st cell phone was provided in ’08, the program has swiftly increased.
  • In over 35 states, DC and Puerto Rico, companies provide government cell phone service. The program has quickly grown since it started in TN in the middle of ’08. Coverage is available in all states now.
  • You are eligible for a free government cell phone just by being on any type of government assistance, including food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, Section 8 housing, National School Lunch, etc. You don’t have to offer proof when you first get the phone. However, you have to prove your eligibility every year.
  • It’s referred to as a “Obama Phone.” Calling this the “Obama Phone” is not correct. Contrary to belief, the 1st government free phone was offered while President Bush was in office not President Obama.

 




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