Debbie's Deals: Low income residents get free cell phone, free cell service from Lifeline program

If you are living on a low income, you may qualify for a free cell phone and free cell phone service.

Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers. For 20 years, that meant a home phone (traditional landline service). However, as of 2005, the program became available for pre-paid wireless service plans.

You need proof of eligibility to enroll.  In Colorado, that means you must participate in one of the following programs:

  • Welfare (TANF/temporary assistance for needy families)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low income energy assistant program (LEAP)
  • Aid to the needy/disabled
  • Aid to the blind
  • Old age pension

Those who qualify get a phone, 250 voice minutes and 250 text messages for free each month. There's no annual contract and no activation fee.

There are two companies offering the free phones and wireless service in Colorado, they are:

Assurance Wireless: http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/Welcome.aspx

Q Link wireless: http://www.qlinkwireless.com/

If anyone asks you to pay an activation fee or an application free, do not do it. This program is completely free. It is paid for by the Universal Service Fund fee on phone bills.

If you see a deal, e-mail me, Debbie (Debbie@thedenverchannel.com).

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