Pennsylvania’s oil industry has seen better days. The state’s steel industry has seen better days. And the state’s coal industry has seen better days, too. The Keystone State has been through a lot of ups and downs in its time and always bounces back and we’re confident it will bounce back again.
But the fact is, a lot of Pennsylvania residents could use a little help right now. As of May 2011 the unemployment rate is a disappointing 7.4%. The fact that that is lower than the national average is of little solace to those Keystone Staters who find themselves without a steady income.
Fear not, Pennsylvanians. The Lifeline phone service program can help you get a free cell phone and free monthly minutes, from the government. At least that is one less bill to pay.
Free Cell Phone Providers in Pennsylvania:
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Pennsylvania. 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.
- Amerimex Wireless
- American Assistance
- Assurance Wireless
- Blue Jay Wireless
- EnTouch Wireless
- FeelSafe Wireless
- Life Wireless
- Q Link Wireless
- Reachout Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- StandUp Wireless
- SafetyNet Wireless
- Tag Mobile
Lifeline Discount Companies in Pennsylvania
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 Pennsylvania:
Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Pennsylvania:
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Pennsylvania:
- 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)
In Pennsylvania, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below, which shows these calculated rates:
|Income Based Eligibility for Pennsylvania|
|Members in Household||Annual income|
|For each additional member add $5,643 annually|
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