Other companies, such as AT&T, offer discounted service through the program but not free phones. Ringtones, Caller ID, and call waiting, but not a cameraphone," Fuentes said.
Safe Link Wireless, which is part of Trac Fone, distributes Motorola 175, Samsung 105, and LG 320 phones.
For years, phone companies used Life Line subsidies to provide discounted service AT&T still doesbut now low-cost wireless providers can take the same subsidy and provide totally free service.
Here's how it works: Life Line typically provides a per month subsidy for low-income Americans' phone lines, Fuentes said.
Every state has slightly different requirements, so you should check on the companies' Web pages to see if you qualify.
In general, you can qualify by making less than 135 percent of the federal poverty line per year, or subscribing to various other government programs.
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You'd also qualify if you're in Section 8 housing, get food stamps, home energy assistance, Medicaid, or a veteran's disability pension, among other benefits.
Trac Fone and Virgin Mobile are able to turn that into 250 minutes.
The phones themselves aren't paid for by the government; they're given away by the companies, Fuentes said.
If you receive government assistance, it's worth checking out.
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