New Jersey Cell Phones for the Poor

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.

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
  • Medicaid
  • 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 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see eligibility)

Latest News for New Jersey:

$3.7 Billion in Income Could Be Generated for the Poor by Making Lifeline-Subsidized Free Cell Phones Available to All Eligible Americans - $3.7 Billion in Personal Income Lost in States – Including CA, CO, HI, MT, NE, ND, OK, SD, VT and WY – Without Access to Program for Their Poorest Citizens.

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