Having reliable internet and a device is no longer a luxury. An iPhone can help you find a job, learn a new skill, start freelancing, seek medical assistance, and connect with your family and friends. However, the cost of a device can be a natural barrier for several households. But the good news is here! The Lifeline Program can help make internet service and even devices like a computer, Tablet, and phone more affordable.

What is the Lifeline Program?

The Lifeline is the Federal Communication Commission(FCC) initiative to overcome the “Digital Divide”. It offers two main benefits:

  • Monthly Internet Discount: If you qualify, you get a discount of up to $9.25/month on your internet bill or up to $34.25/month if you live on Tribal lands.
  • Free or Discounted iPhone: Affordable iPhones are available only through participating service providers; the Lifeline program does not offer them.

Understanding the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Eligibility & How to Apply

Do I Qualify?

You may qualify for the Lifeline Program if your household:

  1. Has an income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  2. Enrolled in government assistance programs like
  •    SNAP (Food Stamps)
  •    Medicaid
  •    WIC
  •    FPHA
  •     SSI

How to Apply (it’s easier than you might think)

  1. Be Sure You’re Eligible: The official Lifeline web has a quick tool to help.
    Check ELigiblity Now: Free Eligibility Checker

  2. Find a Provider: These are the companies that offer Lifeline discounts. You can search on the ACP website or sometimes call companies directly to ask.

  3. Apply! Here’s the good part: you have options

    • Online: Usually the fastest way, right on the ACP website.
    • Mail: If you prefer, you can download a form, fill it out, and mail it.
    • Through Your Provider: Some internet companies let you apply directly with them.


We don’t endorse any provider, but here are some companies that partner with Lifeline to offer phone & internet plans with potential access to a free tablet are as follows:

  • StandUp Wireless
  • Q Link Wireless
  • Assurance Wireless
  • Safelink Wireless
  • AirTalk Wireless
  • TruConnect Wireless
  • Cintex Wireless
  • Maxsip Telecom
  • Telnet USA
  • Easy Wireless
  • NewPhone Wireless

Other providers with tablet deals:

    • T-Mobile
    • Verizon
    • AT&T

Important Things to Know

  • The discount isn’t a “free ride”: You’ll likely still pay something each month, but it’ll be less than the total price.
  • Check for updates: Programs like this sometimes change, so visiting the Lifeline website occasionally is smart.

FAQs (Questions people often have)

What if I don’t have a computer to apply online?

Libraries often have computers you can use, and staff might even be able to help you with the application.

Can I use the Lifeline Data with my phone’s data plan?

Yes, as Lifeline offers discounts on Phone and internet services.

The Bottom Line

The Lifeline is worth checking out if you struggle to afford internet or a free iPhone. It might be the solution that helps you, your kids, or someone you love to get connected.

Reference: https://www.lifelinesupport.org/get-started/

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