Life has gotten much easier and a little cheaper because of a program many people know as the free Obama cell phone. This is a FCC-mandated government program offered by LifeLine Assistance. Under this program a qualifying person is illegible to receive a fully featured free cell phone made possible by popular cell phone companies. There have been nearly 13 million people who have already taken advantage of this very popular program.

What This Program Offers:
This government program offers not only a free fully featured cell phone with no out of pocket expense, but also free monthly service as well. This program includes caller ID, voice mail, and 250 free anytime minutes with the ability to buy additional minutes at reduced or discounted pricing. You should compare programs because they are not all alike. The best programs such as Assurance Wireless also includes 250 text messages per month, a service that some providers charge extra for. Most of these phones also have the ability to go online to access the Internet with an added monthly upgrade package. These phones are not Android or iphones, but you will get a great basic modern phone to use. This program started out as a landline program back in the 1990’s. Today tens of millions of low income, poor and disadvantaged are expected to sign up in the near future as popularity grows.

Who Are the Main Players?
The three main companies who participate in LifeLine Assistance are Safelink Wireless, the largest of the group backed by Tracfone, ReachOut Wireless backed by Nexus Communications, and my favorite, Assurance Wireless from Nextel/Sprints Virgin Wireless, because of their free text messaging. There are other players who also offer free cell phones with this government program, but the three companies above represent the three largest of the group.

Quality Of Life Changes:
The LifeLine Assistance free cell phone program is a life saver for many and will improve the quality of life for countless low income, unemployed, and disadvantaged individuals. With these phones you can now make and keep doctor’s appointments, pay bills by phone, and will allow you to keep in touch with family and friends. Your new phone can also open the door so that employers can contact you for job interviews, and will also give you an emergency link to the outside world in case of some life threatening emergency. It’s a great program that is highly recommended to those who qualify.

Who qualifies for LifeLine Assistance?
Anyone, who is low income, receiving public assistance or is unemployed may qualify. The best thing to do is to go online if you are interested and download and print the application. You will then need to complete the paper work and send in any required documentation. If you are approved, you can expect your new cell phone to arrive in about 10 days or so. Most programs allow you to continue using the phone for up to a year before having to resubmit documentation proving that you still qualify for continued use and service.

Links To The Three Main Companies Who Participate In This Program Are:

All in all, this is a great program for the low income to help stretch their dollars to improve their quality of life. Knowing that you have communications to the outside world will also bring peace of mind to many. It may also open the door to future employment to break the cycle of poverty they may be in. This in many cases is a game changer, which can help elevate an individual or family to a happier quality of life.

Author's Bio: 

Donald Tilford is webmaster and editor of This is a public service web site dedicated to helping people find emergency cash, jobs, free
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