One of the requirements for receiving a free government cell phone is having a valid home address. Whether you’re applying for Assurance Wireless, SafeLink Wireless or any other free government phone provider, each phone provider requires applicants to have a valid home address. The address cannot be a P.O. Box, you must provide a street address.
Free Phone Mailing Address Requirement
Upon approval of your free government phone application, the phone will be shipped to the address you provided. Although you may not use a P.O. Box as a residential address, it can be used as a billing address. In other words, you may have your phone bills sent to the P.O. Box, while the actual phone is sent to your residence.
Please note: only individuals 18 or older (or an emancipated minor) may apply for the Lifeline free government phone.
If you move during the time for which your application is approved, you must notify the Lifeline provider within 30 days of your change of address. Not doing so may render you no longer eligible for the program. In addition, there is the possibility of fines.
One Free Government Cell Phone Per Household
If you live in a household where someone is already receiving Lifeline benefits, you may not receive another free government phone. Only one allowed per household (economic unit). However, if you are in a facility such as a nursing home, where more than one resident subscribes to the Lifeline program, the one per household requirement does not apply. Although the residents reside at the same address, they are considered separate households/economic units. In such cases, there may be multiple free government phone subscribers at one location.
Keep in mind, however, that if you permanently leave the facility, you must notify the phone provider of your new address within 30 days.
Review Lifeline Assistance Application Information
Before submitting your free government cell phone application, make sure you’re aware of what you’re agreeing to when completing the application. On many Lifeline applications, you are required to indicate that you’ve read and agree to various stipulations. The three most important stipulations are as follows:
- You agree to notify the provider if you no longer participate in the government assistance program that made you eligible for Lifeline
- If you move to a new address you notify the provider within 30 days
- No one else in your household is receiving Lifeline benefits
If you violate the above three or any of the other stipulations in the contract, you will be removed from the program.
When applying for a free government phone through the Lifeline program, please make sure to read the entire application and comply. Don’t let the excitement of getting a free smartphone along with free talk/text and data cause you to gloss over the application and not read it thoroughly.
If you find the application confusing or if you’re unsure of how to answer some of the questions, call the provider for clarification. Submitting false information, knowingly or not, will cause you to lose your Lifeline benefits.