free government smartphones Oklahoma has become the latest state to provide free government smartphones to qualified low-income households. But what exactly does this program entail? How do you get one of these smartphones? Which cellular carriers are involved? The answers to these questions, and more, will help you understand what this new program means, as well as whether or not you qualify. Let’s take a look!
Who is eligible?
You are eligible for a free government smartphone if you meet the following criteria:
- You have an income that is below 135% of the poverty line.
- You live in an area with limited or no access to broadband and cellular services.
- Your household uses less than 250 megabytes of data per month.
What type of phone will I get?
There are three types of phones available for free from the government: a basic phone, a smartphone, and a tablet. Basic phones are the most limited type of device with limited features. Basic phones will only run on 2G networks and have no camera. Smartphones are more advanced than basic phones but less advanced than tablets. Tablets are the most advanced form of device given away by the government and provide many features including full internet access, camera access, media player access, GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and more.
How much data do I get?
In order to qualify for a free government smartphone, you need to have an income level at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. You also need to have a phone that is no longer working, one that has been lost, or one that has been stolen. Â If you meet these qualifications and are approved, your phone will be funded through Lifeline Assistance and you’ll receive 250 minutes of talk time per month. This is plenty of time for most people who only make occasional calls, but if you make lots of calls or text more than 250 times each month then this may not be the best option for you.
Can I keep my old number?
Yes, you can keep your old number. Be aware that it might not be the same service plan you had before with your old provider. For example, AT&T uses an EIP (Equipment Installment Plan) and Trachoma offers a different service plan. And if you’re on a contract with another carrier (like Sprint or Verizon), you will have to fulfill the remainder of the agreement, which usually means paying off any remaining installments on your phone before you can switch providers.
How do I sign up?
Medicaid cell phone New York Lifeline program, the government’s free phone service, is available to qualifying low-income individuals and families. To be eligible for this program you must meet the following requirements:
1) be a resident of Oklahoma; 2) not already participate in another Lifeline program; 3) your household income cannot exceed 135% of the federal poverty level; 4) have a Social Security Number or ITIN number; 5) have a valid home phone number that receives good service from one of the four major wireless providers (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile). The Lifeline Program provides qualified households with a free monthly allotment of minutes. The amount of free minutes will vary depending on where you live.