Believe it or not, not everyone in the state of Washington works for Microsoft or Boeing. In fact, a considerable number don’t work at all.
Fact is, there’s a lot less green in the Evergreen State than there used to be. Greenbacks, that is.
Luckily, the Lifeline phone service program is alive and well in Washington. That means the state’s residents who find themselves in financial hardship can get free cell phones and free minutes every month to take care of all their basic and emergency needs. nd now, thanks to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) they can also get free internet.
Lifeline and ACP free government cell phone service providers in Washington
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Washington. 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
- Terracom Wireless
Lifeline Discount Companies in Washington State
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 Washington:
How to qualify for Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Washington
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Washington:
- 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 the state of Washington, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The chart below shows these calculated income levels:
|Income Based Eligibility for Washington|
|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 Washington
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.
What are you waiting for, Washingtonians? Check out all the plans available in your state. Find the one that best fits your needs. Enroll today. And the next thing you know, you’ll be getting a free smartphone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, and perhaps even unlimited internet. And it’s all free.
Latest Lifeline and ACP News for Washington:
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