There are several myths and misunderstandings about the government cell phone program in Oklahoma. Understanding the value of this program and who is eligible to apply for free smartphones and phone service is an important step in clearing up these myths.
Myth: The Lifeline program is new
The Lifeline Program is not new. It was first launched in 1985 to help low-income families and individuals have access to phone service. Today, it is commonly known as the free government cell phone program, but it is not new; it has just evolved with technology.
Myth: It is difficult to get a free smartphone
It is actually not difficult to get a government cell phone in Oklahoma if you meet the minimum requirements to apply. To qualify, you must make less than 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or use a government program such as SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, federal housing assistance, or receive Veteran’s or Survivor’s pension. In addition, tribal programs can also qualify people for the free phone program.
Myth: The cell phone service is low quality
All Lifeline Program providers must meet specific standards to maintain the quality of the service. The free phones and services use the same hardware and towers as any other large retail telecommunication provider, which means that the quality of the phones and the quality of the service is very good.
The Lifeline Program plans all come with unlimited calls, texts and data. The free government cell phones in Oklahoma offer all the features of retail smartphones that are offered at a much higher price. People with these phones have access to the internet, apps, email, voicemail, text messaging, and a range of other features.