The Buckeye State’s unemployment rate is even higher than the national average. When a recent Ohio newspaper poll asked the question “Are you worried about losing your job,” a remarkable 41% answered that they were already retired or unemployed.
Obviously, the state’s unemployment rate isn’t that high, but it does indicate how widespread the problem is in the Buckeye State. And it shows that there are a lot of Ohioans who can benefit from the Lifeline phone service program.
Luckily, Lifeline is available to provide free cell phones and free minutes to the state’s residents.
In May 2011, Ohio accepted Assurance Wireless into the state. It’s good to have more than one choice in a state as large as the Buckeye State. Call both Assurance and Safelink and see what types of phones they offer, and ask about texting charges and rollover minutes — the plans may differ slightly.
- Assurance Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- Reachout Wireless
- Life Wireless
- Budget Mobile
- EnTouch Wireless
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Ohio:
- Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Free National School Lunch Program (NSL)
- General Assistance/Disability Assistance
- Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
- Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI)
- Ohio Works First or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see eligibility)
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