When applying for a free government phone keep in mind there is a process that must be followed. Unfortunately, too often people anxious to receive a free phone attempt to take shortcuts or circumvent the system.
One of the requirements for receiving a free government phone is having a valid home address. Whether you’re applying for Assurance Wireless, SafeLink or any other provider, each service carrier requires applicants to provide a valid home address.
Home Address Requirement
The address you provide is the address the free phone will be shipped to. It’s also the address that will be used when it comes time 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 providers such as Assurance Wireless and SafeLink Wireless offer 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 you need to keep in mind the original intention of the LifeLine Program which is to provide home telephone service.
Therefore, in accordance with the stipulation of the LifeLine program, the free government phone providers require each applicant to provide a valid home address. In the past, nursing homes and rehab facilities were not considered valid addresses, but that is no longer the case. What still stands, however, is that a P.O. Box does not fit the home address requirement.