Budget Wireless just announced that it is leaving the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone business, leaving approximately 800,000 customers out on a limb.
That’s right, 800,000 customers 35 states and territories — Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Utah, Texas, West Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming — need to quickly find a new free government cell phone provider.
The decision to leave the business obviously happened suddenly, because Budget hasn’t even updated the “Where We Operate” map on its website. In fact, that map emphasizes the suddenness of the company’s Lifeline departure, because it still shows plans to expand into ten additional states (Alabama, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia).
Why isn’t Budget helping its customers?
If you’re one of those 800,000 Budget Wireless customers, what should you do next? How do you find another Lifeline company to replace Budget?
Unfortunately, Budget isn’t giving you much advice. It has reduced its website to a barebones minimum that’s long apology, but short on information. If you happen to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on your state, you may find yourself taken to your local Public Utility Commission or you may be taken to the USAC’s website.
All of these sites simply list all the Lifeline companies in your state. All the large national companies offering free government cell phones are mixed together with tiny local companies that only offer discounted service in small geographic areas. You still need to research all those companies to find out which ones serve your area, which ones offer free phones instead of discounted ones, and which ones offer plans that fit your needs.
In other words, those links are virtually useless.
FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net to the rescue
If you’re one of those Budget customers who’s been left adrift in a sea of confusion, rest easy. FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net is riding to the rescue. Here’s how easy we make it to find a new Lifeline company.
- Visit our “States” page. (CLICK HERE)
- Click on the name of your state.
- We’ve listed all the “free” plans in one section and all the “discounted” plans in another.
- Click on each of the free companies listed to find the plan that fits your needs best.
- Use the contact information we’ve listed on each service provider’s page to enroll online or by phone.
- Explain to them that you are Budget Wireless customer who needs a replacement service provider.
Voila! You’ll find yourself enrolled with a new free government cell phone quickly. And simply.
All thanks to FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net