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Colorado Lifeline Information

Lifeline Phone Service Quick Start Guide

#1 Do you want a cell phone or landline?

Search for providers that offer the type of service you want by filtering by that service type or by looking at the “services available” for a provider. The available services are wireless (cell phone), landline or both.

#2 Select a provider

Browse thru the list of Colorado Lifeline Phone Service Providers and locate ones that offer service in your area. If you are not sure which ones provide services in your area you may want to check your city or county website, visit the providers website or call the provider for more information.

#3 Check eligibility

You can be eligible for Lifeline service by being enrolled in another government program such as SNAP (food stamps), Housing Assistance (section 8) and many others. Check the “Eligibility By Program” list for the provider you have selected, if you are enrolled in any of the programs listed then you are eligible.

You may also be eligible for service based on your income if you are not enrolled in any of the programs listed. This option is not always available, review the “Eligibility by Income” for your selected provider for further details.

#4 Apply

The “How to Apply” section will provide directions on how to apply for service with your selected provider.

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Debbie’s Deals: Low-income residents get free phone, free cell service through Lifeline program

If you are living on a low income, you may qualify for a free cell phone and free cell phone service.

In 1984, the government created the Lifeline program to ensure that everyone had telephone service for emergencies. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 opened that subsidy to wireless providers.

To be eligible for the Lifeline program in Colorado, there are two ways to qualify:

  • Meet low income requirements of less than $16,281 for a one person household or $21,924 for a two person household. See the income requirements here.
  • Be on public assistance from Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or the National School Free Lunch Program.

There are about 40 companies in Colorado offering the Lifeline Assistance Program. The list includes:

Assurance Wireless, by Virgin Mobile, offers new customers who qualify for Lifeline Assistance a free phone, unlimited free texts each month and free monthly minutes.

Q Link Wireless offers a free cell phone with 350 free minutes each month and unlimited texting.

CenturyLink offers discounts on phone service and an Internet basics broadband plan. Learn more on CenturyLink’s website.

I am not vouching for any of these companies, I am just providing the information. You’ll need to do your own research on their offers and costumer service. You may have heard these called Obama phones, but the program was started long before Barack Obama became President.

If you see a deal, e-mail me Debbie ([email protected]).

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