SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers.Eligibility requirements:
How to QualifyWhat next? Plasma TVs and hot tubs?
The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if...
In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.
- You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid.
- Your total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your State and/or the Federal Government.
- No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier.
- You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your free phone you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. Sorry, but P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.
UPDATE: Cellphone service is a right:
"Having a telephone service, just in general, is not a privilege, it should be a right of each one," said TracFone spokesman Jose Fuentes. "Everyone should be in contact, everybody should have the opportunity to get a phone call, especially if it's an employer."And don't you just know these people -- who rely on government for their food, housing and medical care -- are burning up the minutes on their government-provided cellphones trying to get a job. Maybe they can get jobs as community organizers?
UPDATE II: Gee, handing out taxpayer-funded "free" cellphones to 1 million people in the key swing state of Florida. Want to guess how many of these "low-income" people are actually college students working as Obama campaign volunteers? I'm going to guess it's not zero.