Cell phones have become an integral part of one’s life. It is a necessary tool for many reasons including staying in touch with loved ones, making emergency phone calls, as well as holding a job and having the ability to contact your employer.
Have you ever opened your cell phone bill and thought, “Wow, not as much as I expected?” Yeah, didn’t think so. The good news it’s possible to lower your charges before your next billing cycle. Lifeline is a federal benefit program that lowers the cost of phone or internet service.
Do I Qualify?
Lifeline is an income based program, so you must meet certain eligibility requirements:
- Only one lifeline discount is allowed per household
- If your household ’s income is at 135% or less than of the federal poverty guidelines you may be eligible. You will be required to prove your income.
- If you participate in specific government programs (Snap, Medicaid, SSI, FPHA etc.) or Tribal Programs, you qualify for Lifeline. You will be required to prove participation.
- You can also sign up for Lifeline if your child or dependent participates in any of the programs above.
In order to get lifeline, qualifying customers must find a company in their area that offers lifeline and request an application. Submit the application and proof of identity to the company you have chosen. If approved, you will receive a Lifeline discount towards your bill. You can also receive a Lifeline discount to an existing service.
Helping make communication services more affordable for low-income consumers, Lifeline is opening doors for more opportunity to those in need.
Looking For More Ways To Cut Costs?
If you could benefit from additonal savings and need assistance to pay your electric, utility, water or heating bills, there are resources that can help. Various different federal organizations will provide emergency financial assistance towards your bills.