Are you worried about the high cost of cell phones? Do you wish you could receive a free phone, or at least cut down on expenses? Well, there are ways to do it. Read on for some great ideas and suggestions.
The government has programs that can help you get a free phone, or at least cut the cost. The Lifeline Program is available for low-income households and aids those who qualify for discounted telephone service.
The Child Safe Phone program offers kids’ safety tips, provides parents with information on cell phone contracts, and enables children to earn minutes towards a free mobile device. There are other options as well, including signing up for state sponsored programs designed to underwrite phone costs.
Companies also provide ways of obtaining discounted phones or free mobile devices by participating in their incentive programs or rebate plans. This way could be more suitable for individuals who need a replacement phone because they’ve lost theirs, broken it beyond repair, or have never had a phone line in the first place.
You can also look for a pay as you go plan that allows you to buy minutes as needed and use those minutes for free phone calls. The cost of these plans varies, but it is usually less than what you would pay for standard cell phone service. You may be able to find a prepaid carrier that offers an unlimited amount of talk time without any extra fees. These types of services are offered by Virgin Mobile and AT&T, among others. If this interests you, do some comparison shopping before signing up with the provider so you can ensure your needs will be met and your wants will not be exceeded.
US Cellular provides qualifying individuals with a free wireless phone, which has provided over 6.4 million people with access to emergency services and 1.7 million children with resources for school projects. The service is available to recipients of any state or federal assistance programs, including SSI Disability Insurance Benefits, Aid to the Aged (Medicare), Foster Care Assistance, Veteran’s benefits, Military Family Relief Fund benefits, Medicaid/Medical Assistance , Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Work First New Jersey (TANF/WFNJ), National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Project Child Care funds in excess of $30 per month for child care expenses, Project Head Start funds in excess of $70 per for child care expenses, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8 .
Sprint offers “Assurance Wireless,” a service that provides free cell phones and monthly minutes to low-income families. Just like the other services we discussed above, Assurance Wireless is available to people who meet income requirements and also qualify for government assistance programs such as Medicaid , Supplemental Security Income (SSI), National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program , Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Work First New Jersey (TANF/WFNJ) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Virgin Mobile USA provides pre-paid wireless phones to young children through its Kid Connect program. The company partnered with Child Safe Phone to provide parents with information on how to protect their children on the internet. The program provides 10 free wireless phones and 30 minutes of calling time per month.
Some companies have also been known to provide free cell phones for those who have a documented history of having low-income jobs. If you think this might apply to you then go ahead and give them a call.