Rhode Island: Free Government Cell Phones

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it faces the same big problems that the rest of the country faces.

The economy of Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, the state’s only significant metropolitan area, shrunk by of -0.4% in the first half of 2011. And as of March 2011 the state had the nation’s fourth highest rate of unemployment.

The state’s nickname is The Ocean State and that’s appropriate because its good citizens are drowning in this economy.

Luckily, the Lifeline program is there to help unemployed and other unfortunate residents of the state. Safelink, the largest player in the Lifeline program, offers government cell phones and free monthly minutes. And additionally, two smaller companies, Yourtel Wireless and Cintex Wireless are there to serve you. Make sure you compare plans with each company as the number of minutes you get and other details often vary.

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

  • Family Independence Program (FIP)
  • General Public Assistance (GPA)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid (Title 19 Including Husky & Head Start)
  • Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program (MAP)
  • Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to Elderly (RIPAE)
  • 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 Rhode Island:

More choices for free government cell phones in Rhode Island - Here’s good news for Ocean State residents. Assurance Wireless is now offering eligible Rhode Islanders a free cell phone and 250 free monthly voice minutes per month.

See more cell phone news.

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