Obviously, it depends on which model of phone you get, but all those features and more are generally available from every major Lifeline Assistance/Affordable Connectivity Program service provider.
What do we mean when we say “all those features and more?” Here are some of the other features you may be able to get with your free government cell phone:
Voicemail: Lets you record and listen to messages left by callers when you can’t answer your phone.
911 Calls: Most people don’t know this, but all cell phones are capable of calling 911 even if you don’t. So, yes, all free government cell phones automatically allow you to make those important 911 calls.
Text messaging: Allows you to send and receive text messages to and from other cell phone users. It’s a pretty convenient way to communicate with friends and family, especially if you are unable to talk on the phone. (And it you’re a teenager, it is apparently impossible to communicate any other way.)
Internet access: Every Lifeline/ACP plan now includes internet access, so you can browse the web, check email, and use social media and other online services on your phone.
International calling: Allow you to make calls to people in other countries without incurring additional charges. A few few free government cell phone service providers may offer it as part of their Lifeline/ACP plans, but in most cases you will need to purchase an additional package to get this service.
Roaming: All Lifeline/ACP plans will allow you to call anywhere in the United States. However, if you think you might want to use your cell phone while you are in other countries, your service provider will undoubtedly nail you with additional charges.
It’s very important for you to remember that calling features will vary depending on the company and plan you choose. So do your research up front and choose wisely to make sure your plan includes the features you want.