The list of struggles and difficulties faced by many low-income families can be quite lengthy. The obvious struggle to make ends meet when it comes time to pay the bills each month can lead to a lot of tough decisions. Choices must be made about what to sacrifice and when.
Fortunately, when it comes to cell phones that don’t have to be one of the tough decisions or one of the items placed on the chopping block to be sacrificed. Thanks to the Lifeline plan, free smartphones are available from Assist Wireless for low-income families.
If your family participates in any of a variety of government assistance programs, you are likely eligible to receive a free government phone as well. Whether you are a beneficiary of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (otherwise known as food stamps), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Benefits, or any of several State assistance programs, you can qualify for a free smartphone through the Lifeline program.
The Lifeline program is what is commonly referred to as “Obama phones”; however, the program stretches back much farther than that. The program began in the 1980’s when the government recognized that access to telephones was no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity for life. Throughout the decades, the program has evolved along with technology to the state it currently exists in which offers free smartphones for low-income families.
Assist Wireless can help you assess your eligibility, and if you are indeed eligible has several options available to choose from to fit your exact needs and budget. Of course, one of the options is the free smartphone. Currently, Assist Wireless has the LG Xpression smartphone available with the free Lifeline program. That will change eventually, but phones of that quality are almost always one of the options for the free phone. Additionally, if you already own a phone that you like, you can certainly keep that phone and simply add the free Lifeline service. Choosing this option will generate some additional benefits beyond keeping a phone you already like. You can also get extra data on your plan for free if you use the Bring Your Own Device option from Assist Wireless.
The free government phone program allows low-income families to continue doing everything that is necessary to function within our modern society. The free plan comes with 400 minutes of talk, 500 texts, and 3 GB of data per month which allows you the freedom to remain in contact with work, friends, and family via phone calls, texts, or email and messaging apps that are so commonplace among most Americans these days. Additionally, for other plans that are as low as $1 monthly, you can get features such as unlimited texting. They are fully capable of smartphones able to handle all the modern requirements and applications.
Beyond the obvious financial relief provided by getting a free smartphone from Assist Wireless, low-income families reap several other benefits. First, having a phone available is an essential safety requirement. By having the Lifeline phone, families can access basic emergency services such as being able to call 9-1-1 and getting text message alerts from weather services or Amber Alerts. Also, as anyone that has filled out a job application recently knows, companies need to be able to get a hold of you not only by phone but usually will communicate primarily through email throughout the hiring process. A free smartphone provides access to email services without the need for expensive computers and home internet services or time-consuming trips to the local library.
Benefits like this are not only helpful for improving the quality of life immediately but can have long term positive effects as well. This is the primary reason for the creation of the Lifeline program in the first place. The government recognizes that being able to stay connected to friends and family is essential to the well being of families that are spread out across the country much more than they used to be in the past. Also, finding and maintaining a job are often difficult if the company you work for is unable to contact you easily, and oftentimes the opportunity to advance in a career can be significantly handicapped if you are not able to be contacted.
Assist Wireless is here to help guide you through the entire process of obtaining your free smartphone through the Lifeline program. They can work with you to determine your eligibility, ensure you have the necessary paperwork, and even have a convenient app that allows you to monitor your phone usage and add services if needed. If you already are a member of a government assistance program, even if it isn’t one that was mentioned earlier, you should get in contact with Assist Wireless to see if you are eligible for this benefit as well. The Lifeline program limits you to one phone per household, but that single phone carries with it so many advantages. If you are a low-income family, it makes sense to use every program available to its maximum benefit. As was mentioned in the beginning of this article, you already must make enough tough choices about finances. Why not alleviate that burden regarding cell phone service?
The Lifeline free government smartphone service is an amazing benefit available to low-income families. In modern America, a smartphone is no longer a luxury at all. Just as was the case with landline telephone service in the 1980’s, the government recognizes the necessity of a smartphone in order to be fully integrated into society which is why the Lifeline program now includes smartphones in their free plans.