One Requirement for Receiving Free Government Phones

| April 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

When applying for a free government phone you must keep in mind that there is a process that must be followed. Unfortunately, too often people anxious to receive a free phone attempt to take short cuts or circumvent the system.

One of the requirements for receiving a free government phone is that you provide the service carrier with a valid home address. Whether you’re applying for Assurance Wireless, ReachOut Wireless or SafeLink each service carrier requires applicants to provide a home address.

Home Address Requirement

The carriers require a home address because this is the address that the phone will be shipped to and the same address that will be used if and when you have to complete the annual recertification requirement.

Keep in mind that the free government phone service is based on the LifeLine Program. The purpose of the LifeLine Program is to provide home phone service for low income individuals who would otherwise have a difficult time paying for home service. Since phone service is a necessity in this society, the LifeLine Program’s ultimate goal is to provide telephone connectivity for all of its low income citizens.

Getting Around the Home Address Stipulation

Because ReachOut Wireless, Assurance Wireless and SafeLink Wireless all provide wireless cell phones (not all LifeLine phone providers give out wireless cell phones), many applicants believe it doesn’t make a difference which address or P.O. Box they use as long as they receive the cell phone. To combat this way of thinking one must go back to the original intention of the LifeLine Program which is to provide home telephone service.Mailboxes

Therefore, in accordance with the stipulation of the LifeLine program, these free government phone providers require its recipients to provide a valid home address to which they can ship the phones. Nursing homes, rehab facilities and P.O. Boxes do not fit the home address requirement.

Some applicants complain that, the home address requirement, “isn’t fair.” But if you stop to consider the reason for the LifeLine Program, it would be unfair not to have the home address requirement.

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Category: Assurance Wireless, Free Service Carriers, ReachOut Wireless, Safelink

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