Being a parent is a blessing, but it can also be challenging – especially in the financial department.
Outside of the shelter and utility costs, you have clothing expenses, school fees, and more to deal with.
Trying to manage it all on an average income is tough enough. If you’re a single parent managing with little to no support, the struggle is even more difficult. In addition to several other assistance programs that you can participate in, the Affordable Connectivity Program or ACP can help ease your burden.
How ACP through EASY Wireless Can help Lighten Your Load
The ACP is a program provides eligible consumers a large discount on internet service. Wireless service providers like EASY Wireless provides this service and gives consumers free cell phones and free service as long as they are qualified. With it, you can do one of two things.
You can choose to use the program for yourself, which can cut a major expense from your monthly bills. The average American household spends over $100 per month on cell phone service, adding up to over $1,000 per year.
Even if you spend only half of that, it’s not only a large monthly bill – it takes up a significant portion of your annual income. Through the ACP program, you can cut that expense from your life and put your hard-earned money towards other deserving areas.
You could also choose to use the service for your child. It’s no secret that children need a way to contact their parents or that you need a way of contacting them. With the schedules families have, it’s important that each member doing any sort of activities independent of their parents has a cell phone.
Unfortunately, adding another phone to your already tight budget can be nearly impossible – unless you take advantage of free cell phones for qualified individuals in Tennessee. You can then ensure that your family can stay in touch without an extra monthly bill.
Between homework and online schooling, this benefit can be helpful for eligible families.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?
There are two different ways to qualify for free government phones in Tennessee: household income and participation in a federal assistance program.
Qualifying Through Income
Income eligibility requirements depend on the household size. For one person, annual income must not exceed $27,180. For two people, it must not exceed $36,620. For each person over that, you simply add an extra $9,440 to the annual income.
These are the income levels for 2022, and they are subject to change each year. It’s always important to check for the most up-to-date information each year to be sure.
Qualifying Through Participating Programs
The other way to qualify is simply by participating in one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Social Income or SSI
- Women, Infant, and Children (WIC)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Pell Grant Awards
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
Qualifying through one of these programs is often a bit of a simpler process, simply because participation can usually be pulled automatically from government databases. However, if they are unable to pull it automatically, you’ll usually need to upload documentation – just as you would with your income.
What Exactly Does ACP Provide?
ACP benefits are provided by telecommunications companies, so the precise benefits vary some. At EASY Wireless, we provide you with two great options to meet your needs and get your phone to you sooner.
1. Free Smartphone Plan
This plan is for consumers who need both free government smartphones in Tennessee along with monthly service.
- FREE smartphone
- FREE monthly talk & text
- FREE monthly 5 GB data
2. Free Unlimited Data Promo
If you already have a phone you wish to continue using, this plan lets you keep your phone and your number while providing:
- FREE UNLIMITED data
- FREE unlimited talk & text
- FREE sim card
Learn more about bringing your own phone by clicking here.
How Do I Sign Up?
We’re here to help you get connected sooner, so we offer an easy online enrollment process for your convenience. Just click the “Sign Up Now” button below to check your eligibility and get started.
Tennessee ACP Program FAQs
Is there any way to get a phone for me and my child?
Unfortunately, no. The ACP program only provides one phone benefit per household.
Is this program just for parents?
Not at all. Any household that meets the eligibility requirements can participate, even if you are single. And you can use the benefit for any household member. So if you have an elderly parent living with you who needs to be connected, they can use it, too. It is simply a program to help the members of low-income families that live in the same household – regardless of the dynamics.
Is the service any good?
Yes. EASY Wireless runs on America's largest, fastest, and most reliable network. You can rest assured that you are getting incredible service every step of the way.