The ability for the financially disadvantaged to get a free cell phone in these tough economic times is moving at breakneck speed across the country. While the Lifeline Assistance and Link-Up programs were helping people afford landline phones since 1996. It wasn’t until 2008 that the first state certified a company to provide cell phones. That was when Tracfone launched Safelink Wireless in Tennessee.
In all, there are 49 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, where the government cell phone program is available to low-income and others already on government assistance. The program begin in 2008 when a company named Tracfone started their Safelink Wireless service in Tennessee. Year’s later almost the entire country is covered. Chances are that, if you qualify, you’ll find a provider that can get a phone shipped right out to you.
Check your state
To check on your own state’s providers and specific qualification criteria, just click on your state below. Some states have all of the aforementioned large companies and often quite a few smaller players. Some states have one or two companies, and sadly if you do not see your name on the list, your state does not yet have service. But it could very well soon, in fact, it’s very likely.
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