8. Cell Phone
Have you ever heard of Assurance Wireless? No? Well, let me explain what it is. Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program that provides free monthly data, unlimited texting and free monthly minutes to qualified individuals.
To be eligible for the program, you must live in a low-income household and participate in one of the following assistance programs:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)/CalFresh
- Supplemental Security Income
- Tribal Head Start
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
You may also be eligible if you are currently unemployed. Just use your unemployment benefits letter as proof. Additionally, residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes, and residents with temporary addresses, may also be eligible.
Did you know there are quite a few ways you can get free internet service? Yep, it’s true. For those of you who may need it for only small things, like occasionally checking your email and interacting on social media, you might want to look into getting free plans through ISPs like Juno and NetZero.
Juno and NetZero, which the same company owns, are dial-up services offering 10 hours of free internet service per month. If, on the other hand, wireless internet service is your thing, you might want to check out FreedomPop.
According to its website, FreedomPop is wireless internet and cellular service provider that offers affordable talk, text and data plans starting at $0 per month.
“Our devices receive a signal from nearby network towers that are powered by other, larger carriers. This ensures costs to our customers stay low while maintaining the reliability and wide range of coverage of larger carriers,” FreedomPop wrote on its website.