Are you looking for how to get a free government smartphone through Section 8 housing?
There is a way to get a free smartphone and cell phone service but it is not from Section 8 Housing So what is the answer?
Section 8 benefits qualify you for the Lifeline Program and Affordable Connectivity Program. When you sign up and qualify for these programs through EASY Wireless you will receive:
- FREE Talk, Text, and Data
- Access to Hotpots
- The ability to connect with friends and family, work
And best of all, reduce or even eliminate your phone and internet bill, putting more money back in your pocket.
Qualifying for our service also gives you a free smartphone!
How Do You Qualify for Free Phone Service Through Section 8?
You may qualify for the free government phone service through your enrollment in Section 8 and other Federal Housing Programs. These programs automatically qualify you for the Lifeline and ACP programs.
The goal of the Lifeline and ACP programs is to help close the "digital divide" by providing internet access and communication services for people with limited resources.
What is the Lifeline Program?
Lifeline has been providing this great service since 1985 and the program helps low-income families, disabled individuals and other individuals who qualify to pay for their monthly phone service.
What is the New Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a continuation of the U.S. government’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, EBB, which provided discounts on monthly broadband Internet access service and certain connected devices.
The ACP program is funded by the Federal government to help families connect to the internet and reduce some of the financial burdens they face.
The program is designed to help all Americans gain access to the internet so they can improve their education, employment possibilities and enable them to stay connected to friends and family, giving every American the same opportunities.
Additional Ways to Qualify for Lifeline and ACP
if your income is 135% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines or any of the programs below:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Tribal Head Start
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Great, I Qualify! How do I get my Free Smartphone?
You can get your free smartphone by contacting a Lifeline Service Provider like EASY Wireless. When you sign up and are approved for Lifeline through EASY Wireless, we will also send you a Welcome Kit which includes your free smartphone and simcard.
Want Even Faster Approval?
EASY Wireless associates can help you sign up and process your application quickly at any of our many retail locations. If approved, you will leave with a new smartphone that day. You’ll also have the chance to purchase a $120 value tablet for only $10.99 plus tax.
Sign Up at Your Convenience
If you are unable to stop into one of our stores, EASY Wireless can still help, just fill out the enrollment box below and complete our quick self-service option. If you get stuck don’t worry; we have live agents on standby ready to chat with you, just a click away!
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Prefer Over the Phone?
The Third Option - call our customer service team at 888-792-0076 and a live rep will process your order and get your new phone right out to you.
What if You Already Have a Phone?
If you already have a phone that you know and enjoy, you can keep it.
EASY Wireless offers a Bring Your Own Phone program for those who already have a working device. This program allows you to keep your own compatible device by installing a free EASY Wireless simcard.
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Can I still be approved if I am on another government housing program?
Yes, you can be approved for Lifeline through multiple government housing programs. The government states that you can be approved if you receive Federal Public Housing Assistance. The Lifeline National Verifier is connected to the Federal Public Housing Assistance database and can give automatic approval for the Lifeline Program in just a few minutes.
What documentation do I need to provide to apply for Lifeline and ACP?
Most applications can be approved through the National Verifier automatically. However, sometimes consumers need to provide documentation if their eligibility cannot be confirmed by checking a program eligibility database (for example, SNAP, SSI, Income, etc.).
Acceptable documentation to verify eligibility based on participation in a qualifying program includes a recent (dated within the past 12 months): statement of benefits from a qualifying program; a letter of participation in qualifying program; program participation documents (or copy); or another official document of a qualifying program.
Can I use this free government smartphone as just an emergency phone?
If you receive Lifeline service for free, the Lifeline program rules require you to use your service every 30 days to keep your benefit and you also must comply with all other rules for the Lifeline program.
Additional Resources for Government Programs
Check out "How to Apply for Government Assistance Programs: The Comprehensive Guide" for more ways you can obtain government benefits and reduce your monthly bills.