Hard to believe, but 1000 people move to Florida every day of the year. In the past they were drawn there by the sunny weather, warm waters and inexpensive real estate. Many of them are retired people on limited, fixed incomes.
Lifeline to the rescue. While Floridians are working hard to get back on their feet, Lifeline phone service can provide a little assistance by offering them free cell phones and free monthly minutes.
Unfortunately, the economy has devastated real estate values in the Sunshine State, foreclosures have soared, and many of the state’s residents now find themselves in situations they never could have imagined.
Free Cell Phone Providers in Florida:
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Florida. 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.
Lifeline Discount Companies in Florida
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 Florida:
Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Florida:
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Florida:
- 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)
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See the handy chart below to check your income. Please note that we have seen conflicting numbers for Florida among the providers–some say 135% and some say 150%.
|Income Based Eligibility for Florida|
|Members in Household||Annual income|
|For each additional member add $5,832 annually|
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