Monday, September 15, 2014

Free Cell Phones Through The Lifeline Program Details

free texts every month for those who qualify. So, who does qualify? It’s a fairly large list of people including those who receive assistance from these programs (which vary by state):
  • 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
  • SNAP
  • You may also qualify if your total household income meets government guidelines in your state.
The important thing to remember here is that each state is different and if you are wondering if you’re eligible to go through the process to find out. We do require proof that you receive these types of government benefits in order to receive a free phone as part of the Lifeline program. That proof is as simple as a picture of your food stamps EBT card or your award letter saying how much you’re approved for and how much you’ll receive each month (that must be current). 

If you have questions, we’re standing by and ready to help. You can call us at 888-777-4007 or get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: Lisa Rosario via Flickr CC 2.0

The Relief of California LifeLine Service

We get a great feeling when the face of our customers lights up when they qualify for California LifeLine services and know it’s a bill they no longer have to worry about. That makes life a little bit
easier to navigate, and it truly is a wonderful thing to experience. Both for us and for our customers.

It’s easy to find out if you qualify for California LifeLine service with Budget Mobile. If you receive government assistance such as Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh, or qualify as low-income you qualify for a free cell phone, free unlimited texts and 1,000 free minutes every month. To get signed up, all you need to do is visit our website and enter your zip code to get the process started. In less than five minutes, you’ll have a huge smile on your face knowing your phone bill will be a thing of the past and you’ll be in constant reach of your friends, family, and employers.

Have questions? Visit our website and click around or get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Budget Mobile Opens A Storefront In Sacramento

We recently announced that we have a brand new storefront open now in Sacramento. We’re very excited
about this as it gives us the chance to meet our customers and chat with them face-to-face and talk through all their questions when getting signed up for California LifeLine service. In fact, this Sacramento location is the first of 14 full service retail, brick and mortar stores opening throughout California, including a second Sacramento site scheduled to open within the next 60 to 90 days.

"Budget will be hiring over 250 full and part-time employees as we expand our California operations, including 12 to 14 positions for both Sacramento locations," says Budget Mobile’s VP of Sales, West Coast Chris Holderman. "Hiring locally is paramount to our continued success and we welcome interested Sacramento applicants with backgrounds in sales and customer service."

To learn more about our California Connect program, which offers a free phone, free unlimited texts and 1,000 free minutes every month, visit our website, stop by our Sacramento store, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: Hey Paul via Flickr CC 2.0

Celebrating National Lifeline Awareness Week

Happy National Lifeline Awareness Week, everyone! It may not be a big deal to you, but to us it’s a chance to talk about what the Lifeline program does for about 13 million Americans each and every day. With that many recipients, it’s important to note that the Lifeline program has undergone a transformation in recent years to improve program efficiency and combat waste, fraud, and abuse to ensure that only those eligible are receiving this vital support. 
That’s the primary reason we, and the federal government, require existing Lifeline subscribers to recertify their eligibility every calendar year. Subscribers who fail to recertify their eligibility are de-enrolled from the Lifeline program. So, who exactly is eligible? Good question. While the programs vary from state to state, these program recipients are eligible for Lifeline service:
  • Medicaid;
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP);
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8);
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);
  • The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program; or
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance.
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF);
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR);
  • Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met); or
  • State assistance programs (if applicable).
The easiest way to find out if you’re eligible is to visit our website, enter your zip code, and go through the sign up process, which takes about 5 minutes to complete. Have questions? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.