Maine: Free phones from the government

There aren’t a lot of people in Maine and that means the state hasn’t produced a lot of famous people. Former President George Bush had a vacation home in Kennebunkport. Milton Bradley, the man who founded the game company that bears his name, was born here. But unless you’re one of the few rich and famous, Maine has economic problems that may impact you.

Maine has the same sort of economic problems that bedevil lots of other states, and some that are even greater. Businesses complain that that the Pine Tree State makes it almost impossible to grow and prosper and hire more people. Others discount that concept.

Either way, lots of Mainers are hurting right now. The unemployment rate is considerably north of 7.0% and things don’t appear to be getting better.

That means there are plenty of people who need the kind of help that’s available only from companies that participate in the Lifeline phone service program that provides a free cell phone to disadvantaged Americans. In the state of Maine, there are three companies: the big boys: Safelink Wireless and Assurance Wireless; and the smaller, regional player Cintex Wireless..

You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Maine:

  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Medicaid (known as MaineCare)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see eligibility)

Latest News for Maine:

37 States Where You Can Get Free Cell Phones from the Government - Maine just became the 37th state (plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico) in which free cell phones and free monthly minutes are offered to financially disadvantaged residents.
Assurance Wireless comes to Maine: Free government cell phones now available for Pine Tree State’s needy - Good news! Assurance Wireless, the second biggest name in the government's Lifeline free cell phone program, is now open for business in Maine.

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