Monday, July 27, 2015

Free LifeLine Phones in California

California LifeLine Phone

Do you have a hard time paying your bills from time to time? Are you a low income family? Do you receive financial assistance from a government institution such as food stamps?  If you answered yes to at least one of the following questions, you might be eligible for a free government phone in California.  

Budget Mobile offers Free LifeLine Phones in California including unlimited free calls, unlimited free text messages, and 250mb of data.  Through this free government phone program, those who struggle to pay their bills don't have to worry about how many minutes or texts their using per month helping reduce a little stress in their day to day life. This especially is helpful in emergency situations such as when you need to call for last minute daycare, call for a tow on your broken down car, or have a job interview on the phone that goes long. 

To qualify for California LifeLine Phone program through Budget Mobile, applicants must meet some basic qualifications.  

Low Income Qualifications
  • 1-2 Family Members - $25,700 per year
  • 3 Family Members - $29,900 per year
  • 4 Family Members - $36,200
  • Each Additional Family Member - Add $6,300
Important: Only one family member per household can qualify for a Free LifeLine Phone through Budget Mobile. 

Other LifeLine Phone Qualifications

Applications who participate in the following financial assistance programs can also qualify for a Free LifeLine Phone
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • 1.  California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
    • 2.  Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
    • 3.  Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
    • 4.  Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)  
  • Tribal TANF
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
For more information about free government phones through Budget Mobile, please visit

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

6 Easy Ways to Save Lots of Money

Free Government Cell Phone

As the cost of goods continues to go up, it’s important to find easy ways in which you can save a little money to keep your bank balances from hitting zero.  Below is a list of cost saving efforts that can help you save over $2,000 each year.

1. Eat your leftovers - After each meal, package all your left overs to eat at a later date. Americans waste billions of dollars in food each year and by saving your left overs, you can save an average of $529 per person each year.

2. Slow down while driving – Not only will slowing down make you less stressed, it can also save you money.  It’s estimated that American’s drive 600 miles a year on average.  With gas mileage savings of 33% on the highway and 5% in the city, this can save you over $480 a year.

3. Bring your lunch to work – With the average cost of eating out at $10 a meal, your food cost can sky rocket if you’re not careful.  If you bring your lunch to work just 2 days a week, you can save up to $1,400 a year!

4. Buy a programmable thermostat – Replacing your old thermostat for an electronic thermostat is a simple 10-minute task and the cost of a new thermostat is roughly $25.  Set your thermostat to 68 or lower during the winter while you’re in the house and lower it to 58-60 while you’re out of the house in the winter. In the summer, set your thermostat to 78 while you’re in the house and set it to 85 or higher while you’re out of the house. This can save you up to $180 a year. 

5. Find free entertainment – While there are a lot of great things you can do that can cost a lot of money, look for free entertainment. During the summer, there are a lot of movies in the park sponsored by local companies that are often free.  The average American spends $1,800 a year on entertainment; imagine if you could save even half of that!

6. Use reusable Water Bottles – Not only is it environmentally friendly, but the average American buys 167 bottles of water on average each year. Using your own water bottle can save you over $240 a year.

Listed above are all great examples of ways in which you can save money each month that can add up to big money.  If you’re a low-income family and are looking at additional ways to save money, Budget Mobile offers free cell phones including free cell phone service through our LifeLine Cell Phone Program. The LifeLine Cell Phone program is a free government phone programs that Budget Mobile offers and includes free calls, text messages, and free data in some states. 

To see if you qualify for a free government cell phone including cell phone service, click here

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What is a LifeLine Phone?

LifeLine Phone

Have you heard of the term LifeLine Phone but not sure what it means?  There are a lot of different cell phone service plans out there these days and it can sometimes be hard to know the differences between all the different cell phone plans.

LifeLine Phone Plans Explained

LifeLine phone plans are setup to help low income families manage their monthly finances by providing a free cell phone with free calls and text messages.   These phones are sometimes called Obama phones which some people like or dislike, but the goal is simple, to help those in need.

These free government phones provided are often refurbished phones and eligible participants can either get a free smartphone or a free regular cell phone through this program.  Along with this free phone, LifeLine Phone participants also receive free cell phone service including free calls, text messages, and free mobile data in participating states. 

LifeLine Phone Eligibility

LifeLine Phone Eligibility

To be eligible for a LifeLine Phone, participants must meet specific income requirements.  These income requirements vary by each state and it is important to find information for your specific state. 

Another common way to qualify for a free LifeLine phone is to participate in a current government funded program such as food stamps (SNAP) and Medicaid. 

There are no contracts in the Budget Mobile LifeLine Phone program, but in order to remain qualified, participants need to re-enroll each year. 

To see if you qualify for a free LifeLine phone, click here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Budget Mobile Offers Free Mobile Data in Oklahoma

With the rapidly changing ways of how we go about our daily lives, it seems that nearly everything has changed.  For example, when looking for a job, you don't just go in and apply in person, but you research a companies website, Facebook page, Linkedin profile, and then you apply online or email your resume. Instead of mailing in a check to pay a bill, you pay on a website or you setup an online payment through your bank.  While these advances have made many things easier for many people, if you don't have a data plan on your smartphone, it can be hard to keep up with these changes that so many people take for granted.

Budget Mobile now offers 500mb of Free Smartphone Data for Oklahoma

free mobile data

For those who live in Oklahoma and are having trouble paying their cell phone bills, Budget Mobile recently introduced a free cell phone service plan that includes 500mb of free mobile data.  This plan is in conjunction with the government LifeLine Phone program that offers financial assistance to those who have trouble paying their cell phone bills.

To qualify for a free government phone including free cell phone service and free mobile data, applicants should be involved in programs such as food stamps(SNAP), Medicaid, or other government and state financial assistance programs.  See a full list of qualifying programs.

About LifeLine Phones

free smartphone

This free government phone and free cell phone service plan is paid for through a small tax that many people pay on their monthly cell phone bill.  This plan is not meant to be a permanent solution for everyone, but it's a way to help those who are less fortunate get back on their feet.  See more information on the Budget Mobile LifeLine Program.  

How to Signup for a Free Smartphone including Free Mobile Data

To sign up for a free smartphone including free mobile data, Oklahoma residents can click here to learn more about the Budget Mobile LifeLine program.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tips For Your First Smartphone

free smart phone

Smart Phones can be one of your best friends for finding directions, checking the weather, and browsing the internet for jobs, but if you don’t understand how to use them, they can be very challenging.  In this article, we’ll cover some of the things you will want to know when changing from a basic cell phone to a smart phone. 

Battery Power 

One big difference between a smart phone and a regular cell phone is the battery life.  In a smart phone, there are often a number of applications and programs running in the background that you can’t see, but their still using your battery power.  To keep these apps and programs from draining your smart phone battery, it is important to close the apps that you’re not using.  Most smart phones offer an easy way to close apps you’re not using, but each smart phone operates differently, so it is important to see how close apps on your specific smart phone.

Apps and Programs that use Data

There are certain many phones and programs that use a lot of data while in use.  When you download an app, watch your data usage carefully to make sure that specific apps aren’t using too much of your data.  After you review what apps are using a lot of data, you will know how much you should or should not use these apps.

Smart Phone Cases 

Using a smart phone case with your phone can extend the life of your phone for many years.  Since most people accidently drop their phone a few times during its life, why not try to protect it from a fall with a case?  You can often times find deals on older phone cases at discount stores such as TJ MAX or Marshalls.  

Using WIFI to Save on Data Usage

free cell phone data

A great way to save your data is to connect to your local wifi signal.  Many large retailers and restaurants these days have free wifi that you can connect to.  This includes; Wal-Mart, Target, McDonalds, and many other places where you can connect for free.  By using these companies free wifi, you don’t have to use your own data.  So the next time you’re at the grocery store, go ahead and download your emails on your new smart phone!

Free Smart Phones with Budget Mobile

Can’t afford a smart phone?  Budget Mobile offers free smart phones through a government program called LifeLine to those who can’t afford cell phone service.  This includes a free government phone and free cell phone service that includes free calls, texts, and 250mb of data in California and 500mb ofdata in Oklahoma