Trying to figure out how to qualify for a free phone through the supplemental security income SSI program? Here’s how!
Did you know that if you use the Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income Program you may qualify to obtain a free government cell phone service?
Social Security’s SSI program qualifies participants for free cell phone service through Lifeline.
But how do you get a free phone?
Lifeline service providers, such as EASY Wireless, usually provide both the free wireless phone service AND a free smartphone when you successfully qualify for Lifeline.
Want to Supercharge Your Benefits?
Combine Lifeline with the U.S. Government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and receive:
- FREE Smartphone
- FREE UNLIMTED Talk and Text
- FREE UNLIMITED Data
- FREE Access to Millions of Wi-fi Hotspots
- FREE Call Waiting and Caller ID
- FREE VOICEMAIL
- PLUS a $120 value 8” TABLET for only $10.99
EASY Wireless can also help your application be approved quickly so you can have your new phone delivered to you in just days.
Or, if you are near one of our many retail locations, you can stop by to qualify quickly and receive your phone that very same day!
You won't find another provider who is as helpful or who cares as much about their customers as EASY does! We understand how hard it is to be on a tight budget, which is why we're here to make sure that everyone has access to affordable communication services.
Get started today by filling out the enrollment box below and clicking the orange "Enroll Now" button.
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Learn More about the Supplemental Security Income Program and Lifeline
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people aged 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.
You may be eligible to receive SSI monthly payments even if you are already receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or retirement benefits.
The Lifeline program has been around since 1985 and it helps low-income families, seniors, disabled individuals and other qualified persons pay for their monthly phone services.
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
The ACP is a new program designed to provide additional support to make broadband more affordable for households.
Your Lifeline and ACP benefits can be combined and applies to the same service plan or applied to different service plans.
What additional government assistance programs qualify you for Lifeline Service?
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
Are There Additional Ways to Qualify for Households on Federally Recognized Tribal Lands?
Yes. Lifeline benefits can also be claimed through:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Tribal Head Start
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
For more information on these qualifying programs visit usac.org
Can I Qualify for Lifeline and ACP Through Household Income?
Yes, consumers may qualify for the Lifeline program if they have a gross household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
The Federal poverty guidelines and household income table can be found here.
Ready to reduce your monthly expenses further?
Qualify for your " Supplemental Security Income SSI phone" and start receiving free phone services and broadband through the Lifeline and ACP with EASY Wireless.
Enroll Online for Lifeline and ACP
To apply online, fill out your email and zip code in the box below and click the orange "Enroll Now" button to check if you qualify with EASY Wireless. Video chat is now available to help you complete your application.
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Once you are approved for Lifeline and ACP you will be set up with FREE Unlimited Talk, Text, Data and a NEW smartphone before you leave the store.
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FAQs about a Free Cell Phone Through SSI - EASY Wireless
Let's cover some of these frequently asked questions about Food stamps and getting free smartphones.
Can a disabled person get a free phone?
Yes, there are free government cellphones for the disabled who are receiving government assistance through one of programs listed above, or who qualified based off of their income status being at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.
The Lifeline Assistance program was created with you in mind.
If you're having trouble making ends meet – regardless of your gender, age, or physical ability – the Lifeline Assistance program may be a good fit for you.
Are free cell phones really free?
Free cell phones are provided free of charge by Lifeline service providers when you qualify for their program. So, to the customer, the phone can be considered free.
What government phone service gives you a free phone?
The Lifeline program provides free phone service to qualifying households. You can apply for this service through Lifeline service providers in your area, such as EASY Wireless, and receive a cell phone free when you are approved for service.
What if You Already Have a Phone?
Do you already have a phone that you know and enjoy? If you join EASY Wireless you can keep your current phone and earn an extra 12GB of data for free!
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 SIM card.
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.