Tennessee has a lot to be grateful for, because it’s weathering the national economic problems better than most states.
That being said, many of the Volunteer State’s cities and rural areas are suffering from inflation and unemployment. Too many Tennesseans need jobs and can’t find them and many others have jobs that don’t pay enough to cover the monthly bills.
The good news? Four of the major Lifeline phone service companies are in Tennessee, so you can get a free government cell phone from any of them. And thanks to the Affordable Connectivity Program, you can also get free internet service. Check them all and compare.
Lifeline and ACP free government cell phone service providers in Tennessee
Lifeline Discount Companies in South Dakota
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 Tennessee:
How to qualify for Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Tennessee
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Tennessee:
- 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 Tennessee, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We’ve done the calculations; please see chart below:
|Income Based Eligibility for Tennessee|
|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 Tennessee
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.
This is all good news for low-income residents of Tennessee. You can get a free smartphone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, and maybe even unlimited internet service. Check now to find out if you qualify. And if you do, enroll ASAP.
Latest Lifeline and ACP News for Tennessee:
If you have any other questions, please refer to the links in the sidebar.