You know you need a phone. Whether you are a single person living alone or have a houseful of children and other family members, a reliable phone is critically important. But what if you cannot afford access to one?
There are a lot of programs that offer access to free government smartphones in South Carolina and other states across America. Here is your guide to getting one of these phones and enjoying the many benefits that come along with it:
Find a Provider
There are numerous providers of these free cellphone programs in South Carolina and other states. Simply search for your state or area along with terms like “free government cellphone” or “free phone program” to find a provider near you. These program websites should allow you to complete the entire application process – or tell you how to do so – right from their page.
Fill Out Your Application and Submit Documentation
Every provider has a slightly different application process. Generally, though, these applications will all ask whether you currently receive any federal or other government assistance. This may include food stamps, medical assistance, free or reduce lunch for your children, and others.
You will likely need to verify your participation in these programs. To do this, you will need to either scan and email your proof of participation or mail a hard copy thereof. For more information on which is required – and help to get this done – consult the website of your provider.
The hardest part of the application process can be waiting to hear back from your provider about your approval. However, it is important to be patient while you do. These programs have seen far more applications in the last two years due to displacement and other issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, so patience is more important than ever before.
Rest assured, if you meet the criteria, you will receive your phone and the assistance that comes along with it. For more information, contact your provider to start the application process today!