Free cell phones for California residents on SSI

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California residents who are on SSI or other means tested programs may qualify for a free cell phone from Assurance Wireless.  A government program, Lifeline Assistance, working through  Assurance Wireless is working on giving out phones to those who are on SSI, Medicaid,  the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  (“SNAP”) or many other federal means tested benefit programs.   Residents may also qualify based on having an annual income of less than $15,000.

Those who qualify for the program will receive a phone with 250 free minutes and 250 free text messages.  The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household.

Once on the program, individuals will have to annually confirm that they still participate in the federal assistance programs or that their income remains below $15,000.00.

There is no downside to this program.  It will help those who are homeless or who do not have phones, to keep in touch with family, friends and their health care providers.  To enroll, you may go to or call 1-888-898-4888.

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