New Jersey is a mystery to most people. All they know about the state is what they learned on The Sopranos. They assume the population is composed of two basic demographics: gangsters and victims of gangsters.
Fact is, New Jersey is a wonderful place that deserves its “Garden State” nickname.
Unfortunately, the state’s economy is suffering through the same problems as almost every other state. Its 9.4% unemployment rate is even higher than the national average.
Luckily, there’s good news for the state’s unemployed, underemployed and otherwise unfortunate residents – the three major Lifeline phone service suppliers do business in your state. They can help you get a free government cell phone and free monthly minutes if you have been hard hit by the economy or are otherwise financially disadvantaged.
Free Cell Phone Providers in New Jersey:
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in New Jersey. They all offer different plans with different numbers of minutes, different refill options, and serve different geographic areas. So click through them all and find the plan that’s best for you.
Lifeline Discount Companies in New Jersey
If you qualify for Lifeline Assistance, but you find that none of the companies offer free government cell phones where you live, you have another option. The companies below, while not offering free cell phone plans, do offer substantial Lifeline discounts off their regular mobile phone plans in New Jersey:
Free or Discounted Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in New Jersey:
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in New Jersey:
- Food Stamps
- General Assistance
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
- Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance
- Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disable (“PMD”)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Work First
- New Jersey(“TANF/WFNJ”)
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below for the 135%-calculated income allowed in New Jersey (those older than 65 may qualify with 135%):
|Income Based Eligibility for New Jersey|
|Members in Household||Annual income||Monthly Income|
|For each additional member add $6,090 annual or $507.50 monthy|
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