Monday, February 24, 2014

Running out of minutes or text messages?

Well its Monday again, Budget Mobile Fans. Time to check your E-mail, News Feed, and catch up on phone calls using your Budget Mobile #Lifeline phone. Running out of minutes or text messages? No problem! Simply purchase more minutes or text on-line through your Budget Mobile account. Have a great Monday! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Free Cell Phone Service that is Easy to Understand

If you're a low income or fixed income consumer you may qualify for a Lifeline cell phone plan and free cell phone service. There are lots of companies that offer Lifeline services, but it may be harder to decide which one to choose. It may be most important to you to sign-up from your computer and not have to go to a store. You may be concerned about adding minutes or texts to your plan, but you don't want to spend a lot. Or you may be most interested in how simple a plan is to understand. Not every Lifeline phone provider offers all of those conveniences or value.

If you're looking for simplicity and value, Budget Mobile may be just what you're looking for.

Easy to Understand Plans
Some Lifeline carriers seem to offer more than others, but when you go to look at their plan offerings it might not be quite what they said. If a company offers an amazing amount texts for free every month, they may also be subtracting minutes from your phone plan to provide those extra texts. Budget Mobile Lifeline plans are straightforward offering a free phone, 250* free minutes and 250 free texts. We don't subtract minutes from your phone to provide more texts, but you can add more texts for as little as $5.

Easy to Sign Up
On the Budget Mobile website you can sign-up for free cell phone service through the Lifeline program from your computer. The on-line forms are simple to fill out and take you through each step of enrollment. We give you a list of government benefits that qualify you for Lifeline, and you tell us which one you receive. You can provide the verifying documents right from your computer. If you prefer to go to a Budget Mobile store, just click on your state and we show you a list of locations in your state.

Easy to Buy Extra Minutes or Texts
If you need more than the free minutes you receive every month, you can buy more at our Add Minutes page. You can add minutes or texts for as little as $5. You can even add Data starting at $5. Make your free phone fit your needs. As always, you can do it all from your computer.

*varies by state

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fixed Income or Low Income, You Can Still Access Low Cost Data Plans

If you're on a fixed income or have a low income you may qualify for Lifeline phone service. Low income consumers can qualify for the Lifeline phone program if they participate in government programs like food stamps or Medicaid. All Lifeline cell phone providers offer free minutes every month, but if you use texting there are some carriers that also offer texts for free.

Budget Mobile offers a free phone, 250* free minutes and 250 free texts. You can also add Data services to your free Lifeline plan starting at just $5.
*varies by state

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Free Phone, Free Minutes, Free Texting for Budget Mobile Lifeline Phone Customers

Lifeline phone customers can now receive a free phone,  250* free minutes, and 250 free texts every month from Budget Mobile.

Low income consumers can qualify for Lifeline phone service when they participate in government assistance programs. Eligible government programs vary by state, but typically you qualify if you receive benefits from one or more of the following:
  1. Temporary Assistance to needy Families (TANF)
  2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  3. Food Stamps
  4. Medicaid
  5. Senior Citizen Low-Income Discount Plan (offered by the local gas or power company)
  6. Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  7. Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Visit the Budget Mobile website to find out more.

You can get started enrolling for Lifeline phone services right from our website. Just enter your zip code and click 'Go'.

*varies by state

Friday, January 10, 2014

Free Cell Phone and Minutes for Low Income Consumers

Lifeline phone service is available for low income consumers who qualify. You can receive a free cell phone and free minutes if you meet income guidelines or receive government benefits from a qualifying program. There are no credit checks, no contracts and no activation fees. Each state has its own guidelines, but you are typically eligible if you participate in the one of following programs.
  • Temporary Assistance to needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Senior Citizen Low-Income Discount Plan (offered by the local gas or power company)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Visit our website to get started or find out more about the eligible government programs in your state.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions About Lifeline Phone Service

What is Lifeline phone service?
Eligible consumers can receive a FREE cell phone and FREE minutes every month. The Lifeline phone program is a government assistance program supported by the Universal Service Fund. Lifeline government assistance is only available on one phone line per household.

How much does Lifeline cell phone service cost?
Lifeline cell phone service is free to eligible customers. There are no bills, long-term contracts, activation fees, recurring fees, or surcharges for Budget Mobile customers.

Will I be required to sign a contract?
No contracts are required for Budget Mobile Lifeline Phone services. There are no bills, long-term contracts, activations fees, recurring fees, or surcharges for this free phone service.

How do I qualify for Lifeline phone service?
Eligibility for Lifeline phone service varies by state. You may qualify if you receive any of the following government benefits:
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Housing Assistance - Section 8
  • Food Stamps
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (free program)
  • SNAP
  • Household income requirements
How can I sign-up for Lifeline phone service?
Budget Mobile offers Lifeline phone service. Click here to sign-up.

How long can I have Lifeline cell phone service?
Once you enroll, you will receive your free government assisted cell phone service for 12 months. You will need to re-qualify once a year. When you are a Budget Mobile Lifeline customer, we will contact you annually to verify that you still qualify for Lifeline service. Should your participation in a qualifying Lifeline program cease, you are required to notify Budget Mobile within 30 days to withdraw from the Lifeline program.

Do any restrictions apply?
There are a few restrictions:
  • Lifeline phone service is available only for individuals who participate in a qualifying government program or are income eligible
  • Only one wireless or landline Lifeline account is allowed per household
  • The address you provide for you phone service must be your place of residence.
  • Your Lifeline phone service must be in the name of the qualified customer and is non-transferable.
Budget Mobile Lifeline offers a free cell phone and free minutes to customers who qualify. Visit our website and enter your zip code to get started. We take you through each step of enrollment.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Seniors on a Fixed Income May Qualify for Lifeline Phone Service

Seniors who live on a fixed income may think that having a cell phone is a luxury they can do without, but there are very good reasons why having a cell phone is essential for an older adult.

Getting Help in Case of Medical Emergencies
A cell phone can be carried in a pocket or kept by their side at all times. If an older adult had a fall or suffered another kind of medical emergency having a cell phone on their person could be a life saver.  With a cell phone seniors have the flexibility to enjoy living independently and still get immediate help when required.

Staying in Contact with Family and Friends
'Stay in Touch' is number 3 on's list of the Top 10 Healthiest New Year's Resolutions. Research has found that people with strong social ties live longer than those who don't. A 2010 study by PLoS Medicine suggests that lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise.

As a person grows older it becomes even more important to stay in touch. When seniors live independently it can be difficult for them to keep in touch with those they love. Having a cell phone nearby makes it easy to answer calls from grandchildren or call a friend across the country.

Keeping Safe
Safety is a primary concern for many seniors, and a cell phone can provide peace of mind. Whether out for a walk or home alone, knowing that they have access to the police or other security personnel can be a great comfort. Also a cell phone can remain operational even if a land line phone has been disabled through a power outage.

Lifeline Phone Helps you Stay Connected
Living on a fixed income or low income doesn't mean you have to forgo cell phone service. Even if you don't receive government benefits like food stamps, you can still qualify for a Free Phone and Free Cell Phone Service if you meet income requirements. Requirements vary by state, but if your income is 135% below the federal poverty level you're eligible for a free phone and minutes. Click on your state below to see eligible government programs. You can enter your zip code on our site and we'll take you step by step through enrollment. We even calculate the income level which qualifies you for a free phone.

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