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Discounted and Free Telephone Service

Maintaining basic monthly bills can become a real struggle for people with limited or no income.  There are programs available to assist people with telephone communication.

Most people have heard of or are aware of Lifeline.  Lifeline provides basic landline phone service for eligible customers at a discounted monthly rate.  For more information about Lifeline, please contact your local telephone provider.  Individuals who reside in a nursing home who have limited income can also utilize this program. This enables people to stay in contact with family and friends.

Did you know that instead of utilizing Lifeline for a home phone, a more mobile option available is Safelink.  Safelink provides eligible customers with a free wireless phone with 68 free cellular minutes every month.  This may be a more viable option for people who are on the go.  In order to qualify for the Safelink Service you must participate in one of the following assistance programs:

  • Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Free National School Lunch Program (NSL)
  • General Assistance/Disability Assistance
  • Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
  • Ohio Works First or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Or, your total household income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).

Please note that no one in your household can receive Lifeline Assistance through another phone carrier and also qualify for Safelink. You would need to determine which is the best choice for you.  Would discounted home phone service or a wireless phone with 68 minutes each month be better for you? Safelink does allow you to purchase additional minutes. If you need more than 68 minutes each month, you can purchase a TracFone Airtime Card.  The TracFone Airtime Cards are sold at stores including, but not limited to: Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, RadioShack, Walgreens, CVS, Eckerds, and RiteAid.

Please continue to review our firm blog for additional resources that may be available to assist you or someone that you know.  Please forward any information that you believe would be able to help others.  Thank you!

Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

– Posted by Christy Zeyer, OSBA Certified Paralegal

Posted in Accessibility, Blog.