How Do Seniors Get Free Cell Phones?

How Do Seniors Get Free Cell Phones?

The Lifeline Assistance Program is one of your best bets for getting free cell phones for seniors. If you qualify for Medicaid or are part of other government-related programs, then you may be able to receive free smartphones and monthly plans as well.

As a government-sponsored program, Lifeline Assistance seeks to provide low-income individuals and seniors with free cell phones. In addition to this, you can also get free cell phone plans monthly, that give you minutes, messages, and data. Aside from Medicaid, if you qualify for the following kinds of government assistance, then you can likely get free phones and plans:

  • Food Stamps
  • Public Housing Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Supplementary Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free School Lunch
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8) 
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance

An alternate way to qualify for a free phone is to prove your income is less than 135% of your state’s Federal Poverty Guidelines

Check out Senior Strong for more resources on receiving benefits for low-income seniors!

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