The Federal Communications Commission sponsored the Lifetime Assistance Program to fill the gap for low-income Americans.
Through the Lifetime Assistance Program, the FCC provides low-income Americans with free smartphones and affordable cell phone service.
According to the FCC, the Lifetime Assistance Program was created in the 1980s to help low-income households.
It has kept up with the development of technology and includes landline and mobile phones.
Applicants may not be guaranteed to get the latest iPhone, but will get a version of the phone.
Anyone accepted into this program will receive a free government smartphone.
Applicants also receive a monthly plan that includes voice minutes, text messages and data allowance.
Specific criteria vary from state to state.
According to the FCC, applicants must meet certain income or program requirements to qualify for the government’s free smartphone.
The first criterion that must be met is income-based eligibility.
Depending on your state, your household income must be 135 and 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or less.
You’re also eligible for a free iPhone if you participate in these government assistance programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veteran’s Pension and Survivor’s Pension
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
The FFC has also stated that those residing on federally recognized tribal lands can participate in this federal assistance program.
Additionally, the US government says some states have entitlements if you’re a senior, a person with a disability, or a veteran.
One Lifeline benefit is permitted per household and entitlement can be reconfirmed each year.