Massachusetts Lifeline Free Government Smartphones and Cell Phones

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Massachusetts is known globally for being a leader in higher education, biotechnology, engineering, finance, and maritime trade. It has a relatively high population count and belongs in the Top 10 by the size of average median household income. In contrast to all these achievements, the state authorities still failed to eliminate poverty in the Bay State. As of 2015, more than 757,000 Massachusettsians had their income below the poverty line. Let us hope that one day some scientists from the Harvard University or the MIT will start working and find a solution for a poverty problem in the state they are based. For now, helping the poor is a task for state and federal authorities.

Lifeline Free Government Cell Phones Program in Massachusetts

Most compelling evidence of the government care for the low-income state residents is the Massachusetts Lifeline program. Eligible households can apply and receive free government smartphones and free government cell phones from the wireless communication providers. The national government pays for the phones and subsidizes monthly plans for every person enrolled. Nonetheless, the plans might differ. Please, check out information on all free government cell phone providers in Massachusetts before you enroll.


Who is eligible for free government smartphones and free government cell phones in Massachusetts?

If you participate in any or several of the following government assistance programs, it is very probable that you are eligible for a free phone from the government by Massachusetts Lifeline:

  • MassHealth (Medicaid)
  • Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Section 8/ Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • The National School Free Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC)
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
  • United Tribes Food Distribution Program
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)

You can also qualify based on the household income rule: your household income has to be lower or at the level of 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines for Massachusetts. For 2016 this number is shown in a table below.

Household size (number of people) Eligible annual income per household
1 $16,038
2 $21,627
3 $27,216
4 $32,805
5 $38,394
6 $43,983
7 $49,586
8 $55,202
For each additional person, add $5,616

Click here to see all steps needed to enroll in Massachusetts Lifeline free government smartphones, free government cell phones program.