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.
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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.
www.budgetmobile.com

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.
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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 Health.com'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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Thursday, December 5, 2013

North Dakota Free Phone and Minutes through Lifeline Phone

North Dakota residents can receive a free phone and 250 free minutes every month when they sign-up for the Lifeline phone program through Budget Mobile.
http://www.budgetmobile.com/northdakota/lifeline_free_government_phone.cfm

You qualify if you meet income requirements or receive welfare benefits from any of the following government programs.
  • 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
It's easy to sign-up right from your computer on our North Dakota Lifeline Phone page. Enter your name, state and zip code and we take you step by step through enrollment.

If you're not in North Dakota, you can click on your state to see eligible government programs that qualify you for a free phone.

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