Free Cell Phone For Seniors Throughout The USA
If you searching for help there are several potential sources of free cell phones for seniors, in particular free government cell phones.
I will take you through the resources and show you what the qualifications are to receive a free government cell phone.
It is important to note that not everyone will qualify, but I will list below the 3 national sources of free cell phones for seniors.
Each of them currently serve most of the states (and are expanding all the time. I often see announcements where one company has entered a new state of territory) , though as I write this there are some areas that may not be serviced. However, between the three of them it is likely that at least one of them covers the area you are in.
Video Overview of Free Government Cell Phones
National Sources of Free Cell Phone For Seniors
and Senior Cell Phone Plans
Assurance Wireless-I have a thorough review of Assurance wireless and you can visit the Assurance Wireless page provided by StuffSeniorCitizensNeed.com for more information.
SafeLink Wireless-The best known of the government-sponsored free cell phones for seniors throughout the USA, or anyone else, is offered by SafeLink Wireless. For those who qualify, you can receive a free cell phone as well as 250 free anytime minutes per month to use at your discretion.
You also have the opportunity with SafeLink to purchase additional minutes, either 250 additional minutes for $5 for 750 additional minutes plus 1,000 texts for $20. And it is important to note that as the service expands these costs have come down some.
By the time you are ready these costs for extra texts or minutes may have come down so be sure to check it out.
There are income requirements so you will definitely need to fill out an application to see if you qualify. You can visit SafeLink Wireless for information regarding enrollment.
ReachOut Wireless-ReachOut provides the same features as SafeLink and Assurance.
The one thing that was very interesting is that ReachOut gives you the option, if you choose, to get more advanced phones such as smart phones that operate Google Android platform.
It should be noted, however, that these Android type phones are NOT ideal for many seniors as they can be complicated to use and you will have to pay for them. I know from personal experience with my father the challenges he had learning an iPhone that was a hand-me-down from his grandson. So if he, at 75, is struggling with an iPhone 4 right now I know there are plenty of seniors who will have issues with an up-to-date phone.
You will, however, be provided with a simple phone for free.
All three companies, because they support a federal government program, offer similar benefits and eligibility requirements and offer ideal free cell phones for seniors.
Nonetheless, because the difference obviously is customer service and the selection of phones available, you should contact all of them to determine which is the best for you.
What To Look
For In A Free
Cell Phone for
When you are looking for a cell phone for seniors you are looking for simplicity.
This does NOT mean things that come attached to the latest iPhone, like texting, unlimited data, customizable apps, GPS, etc…
It DOES mean that you are looking for, as my father puts it, a “brick with an antenna”…
- No bells and whistles…a phone that rings and makes calls, that’s it
- No fancy apps
- Internet is optional
- A simple phone that is easy to use
- Large buttons that are backlit
- Maybe a simple ‘911’ button to use in emergencies
- A loud speaker for the hearing impaired that is hearing aid compatible
I go more into detail in terms of the services that a “senior-specific” cell phone should have by clicking here.
My Own Personal Story Getting A Free Cell
Phone For Mom
I have previously related my own story getting Mom on Medicaid after her heart attack. You can read about that challenge by clicking here.
However, once Mom was accepted for Medicaid, she was qualified to enter the government’s free cell program, which is services by all of the companies that I named above.
The process was pretty seamless. Al I did was scan a copy of her Medicaid award which had her Medicaid number on it, send it in to one of the companies above that serviced by area of New York (I used Assurance personally) and the phone was at Mom’s nursing home withing 5 days.
Considering it was the government doing this I was pretty stunned how quickly the process was.
What If You Don’t Qualify For a Free Phone
Most low-income seniors will qualify for a free phone from the government, but if you don’t or if you want a different model phone (the government phones are pretty simple), there are a few options you can consider…
I have written extensively about their “Anywhere Casual” plan, which has no monthly bill…you just pay for the minutes you use. You can go here to find out more.
GreatCall markets their Jitterbug line of phones which are specifically designed for seniors and comes with very senior friendly features such as the 5 Star Urgent Response system and Jitterbug Live Nurse, where you can call at anytime and speak with a nurse. You can find out more by clicking here.
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