People who have not done their research often have their misconceptions when they hear that they can avail of free phones from the government. They initially think that they can obtain units from the government easily and can text or call with much gusto. However, this is not entirely the case. There is a process that has to be followed, and requirements that should be met before you can even be considered eligible for this program. Read on to find out more about these free phones.
These land lines or cellular phones are usually preloaded with 250 free minutes each month. You can use these minutes to call and text your loved ones and colleagues. If you have intentions of calling someone who is in a different country, be prepared for additional charges coming from your provider. You should also take into account that you need to use your unit at least once a month in order to avoid deactivation or cancellation of your account. If you fail to use it for at least sixty days, your account will be either cancelled or deactivated. You should avoid this as much as possible in order to steer clear of any penalty or reactivation fees. In addition to that, every household is only entitled to one unit, which is why you should disregard any thoughts of making everyone in the family apply for one.
If you want to make an application, you should take into account that this offer is not open for everyone. This service was created for the purpose of providing a means of communication for the financially-challenged. If you belong to a well-off family, you cannot apply for this. If you happen to belong in the 150% poverty level or belong in one of these assistance programs, you are considered eligible:
Home Energy Assistance Programs
Public Housing Assistance
Section 8 Housing
National School Lunch
Supplemental Security Income
You will have an easier time with regard to having your application granted if you already belong to at least in one of these programs. If you believe that you are eligible for this service, you can contact the government or service provider and discuss matters accordingly. Once you get your free phone, you will have an easier time with regard to keeping in touch with everyone you know. In case of emergencies, you will be able to contact the proper authorities. You can even tell your friends and family about it and coax them into applying for the program.
The author writes about mobile phones.