Good news for needy residents of Idaho: Now you can get a free government cell phone from one of the biggest companies in the business.
Assurance Wireless, which offers Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in 35 states, is now open for business and ready to serve more than 220,000 low-income residents of the Gem State.
If you’re eligible, you can get a free cell phone plus 250 free voice minutes and 250 free text messages each month. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll also get a voice mail account and call waiting, caller ID and access to 911. You’ll be able to keep your current home or cell phone number. And if you need more than the 250 free voice minutes per month, Assurance makes it easy to buy additional minutes for talking, texting, and even making international calls.
According to the latest statistics, more than 50,000 Idahoans are still unemployed and more than 20% of the state’s residents living in poverty.
The program’s rules are pretty simple: Each household is eligible for only one free government cell phone. Idaho residents can qualify for Assurance Wireless if they already participate in other public assistance programs. For example, Medicaid, National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Please be aware, however, that your application will not be accepted unless you can verify your income or provide proof that you participate in one of the government programs.
Let’s quickly review all the ways a free government cell phone can improve your life: When you have a free government cell phone you can contact prospective employers and give them a contact phone number, which will greatly increase your ability to land a job. You can much more easily reach medical providers and improve your family’s health. You can stay in touch with family members to enhance their safety. And, of course, you can call 911 in case of emergencies.