Think of Arizona and you think of natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest and those giant Saguaro cactus (or is it cacti?). Add in the sunshine and warm weather and the last thing you’d think of is poverty. But much to our surprise, the Census Bureau says Arizona has the 15th highest poverty level of all 50 states.
Dig these statistics: Fourteen is a key number because more than 14% of Arizona residents live below the official poverty level. And only 14 other states have poverty rates that are higher.
Let’s get specific: According to the U.S. Census Bureau just under 1,000,000 Arizonans live in households that earn less than the federal poverty level.
Please allow us to inject a note of hope into this grim discussion: The LifeLine and Affordable Connectivity Programs are available in Arizona and can be a huge help in allowing you to get in touch with potential employers.
Lifeline and ACP free government cell phone service providers in Arizona
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Arizona. They all offer different plans with different numbers of minutes, different refill options, and serve different geographic areas. So click through them all and find the plan that’s best for you.
- Access Wireless
- Assurance Wireless
- EnTouch Wireless
- Life Wireless
- Q Link Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- StandUp Wireless
- Tag Mobile
Lifeline Discount Companies in Arizona
If you qualify for Lifeline Assistance, but you find that none of the companies offer free government cell phones where you live, you have another option. The companies below, while not offering free cell phone plans, do offer substantial Lifeline discounts off their regular mobile phone plans in Arizona:
How to qualify for Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Arizona
You are eligible for the government phone in Arizona if you receive benefits from any of these programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Plus, you may be eligible under these state programsif they are still in effect:
- State Child Health Insurance Plan/KIDCARE
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We’ve calculated those numbers and placed them in the following table for you:
|Income Based Eligibility for Arizona|
|Members in Household||Annual income|
|For each additional member add $6,372 annually|
How to qualify for an ACP free government phone and unlimited service in Arizona
It’s even easier to qualify for ACP service than it is to qualify for Lifeline service. The USAC website spells it all out:
Consumers qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) through participation in Lifeline or a Lifeline-qualifying program, having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, through participation in ACP-qualifying programs, such as the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program (including the Community Eligibility Provision), WIC, through award of a federal Pell Grant, or through participation in a participating service provider’s existing low-income program.
Check out the service providers. Check out the plans. Choose one. Enroll. Before you know if you’ll be talking, texting and using the internet on your free government smart phone.
Thanks to Lifeline and thanks to ACP.