Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lifeline Phone Service is Free for Welfare or Government Benefit Recipients

Lifeline phone eligibility varies by state, but you can qualify for a Free phone and free minutes if you receive welfare or government benefits like food stamps. The government programs listed below typically qualify you for a free phone and free monthly minutes.
  • 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)

Click on your state below to find out about the programs in your state.

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Arkansas Maryland Rhode Island
Colorado Massachusetts South Carolina
Georgia Michigan South Dakota
Idaho Minnesota Texas
Indiana Missouri Utah
Iowa Nevada Washington
Kansas North Dakota West Virginia
Kentucky Ohio Wisconsin
Louisiana Oklahoma Wyoming

You can sign-up for Budget Mobile Lifeline right from our website.

Budget Mobile has nationwide coverage.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

You Can Add Texting and Minutes to Your Free Lifeline Phone


If you have a Budget Mobile Lifeline phone, for as little as $5 you can minutes and texting to your government assisted Lifeline phone. Buy Minutes.


Wondering if you qualify for a free Lifeline Phone? Typically, you are qualified to receive a free phone and minutes if you use any of the following government programs (varies by state.).
  • 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)
Click on your state below to find out more.

Arizona Maine Pennsylvania
Arkansas Maryland Rhode Island
Colorado Massachusetts South Carolina
Georgia Michigan South Dakota
Idaho Minnesota Texas
Indiana Missouri Utah
Iowa Nevada Washington
Kansas North Dakota West Virginia
Kentucky Ohio Wisconsin
Louisiana Oklahoma Wyoming

Friday, November 15, 2013

Welfare Recipients Eligible for Free Lifeline Phone Service in Idaho

Low income Idaho residents who receive welfare or governments benefits like foods stamps are eligible for a free phone and free Lifeline phone service through Budget Mobile.

If you receive assistance from any of these government programs you can qualify for a free phone:
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
You can also qualify if you meet income level requirements.

Visit our Idaho Lifeline page to find out more. You can get started by entering your name, state, and zip code in our on-page form. We take you step-by-step through enrollment.

Lifeline cell phones through Budget Mobile are available throughout the entire state of Idaho, including the following cities:

Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Lewiston, Post Falls, Rexburg, Moscow, Eagle, Kuna, Mountain Home, Chubbuck, Ammon, Hayden, Blackfoot, Garden City, Jerome, Burley, Hailey, Payette, Sandpoint, Rathdrum, Emmett, Star, Rupert, Middleton, Weiser, Preston, Fruitland, American Falls, Shelley, Buhl, Rigby, Gooding, St. Anthony, Kimberly, Orofino, Grangeville, Salmon, Heyburn, Soda Springs, McCall, Wendell, Ketchum, Homedale, Montpelier, Bonners Ferry, Filer, St Maries, Dalton Gardens, Bellevue, Kellogg, Malad City, Aberdeen, Parma and the entire state of Idaho!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Who Uses Lifeline Free Phone Service?

On September 13, 2013, Acting FCC Chairwoman, Mignon Clyburn, spoke about the people who use the Lifeline cell phone program.

In her remarks she said "...who gets these Lifeline subsidies? People like a New Jersey man who used his service during Hurricane Sandy to contact fleeing family members, and an elderly woman who was stranded in the storm and used her wireless service to call for help; people like the mother in a homeless shelter who contacted doctors for her sick child, and the single father of two children, one with special needs, who uses his Lifeline phone to communicate, with his children's doctors and caregivers."

She also stated that, "its most typical Lifeline customer, is a middle-aged grandmother, raising her grandchildren, on only $12,000 per year."

The Lifeline cell phone program's intended use is to keep families connected, give people access to emergency services, and provide a means for people to connect to job opportunities.

"Without this program, approximately millions of low-income families would have to choose between feeding their children or going without a dial tone that potentially could save their lives, and put them on a better economic path," Clyburn said.

You can read Clyburn's complete remarks on the FCC website.

If you're wondering if you or someone you know could qualify for a free phone through the Lifeline cell phone program, visit our website www.budgetmobile.com. You can get started by entering your zip code in our on page form.

The see a list of eligible government programs like food stamps or Medicaid that qualify you for a free phone, click on your state below:

Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Friday, November 1, 2013

How do I Qualify for Lifeline Cell Phone Service?

You can receive a free phone through the Lifeline cell phone program if you receive government assistance like food stamps. Eligible programs vary by state, but you may qualify if you participate in any of the following programs:

  • 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.
You can find out what the eligible programs are in your state by clicking on your state below.

Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming