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The world today is more connected than ever. According to the Pew Research Center, 97% of Americans now own a cellphone of some kind.
This technology can be very expensive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, to stay connected Americans pay on average $99 a month for cell phone service. This hits almost $1,200 a year.
For those consumers who cannot afford a cell phone, there are options to help them have a cell phone so they can remain connected with their friends, family, and work. The lifeline phone program Oklahoma, for example, is a Federal government-created assistance program that helps individuals who qualify to obtain discounted or free phone service. The program may also help users qualify for free monthly data, unlimited texting, and free minutes.
To qualify for this program, you must have an income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or be currently enrolled in a government program such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Pension, and Survivors Benefit Program and Federal Public Housing Assistance.
If you benefit from this program, you will not know what kind of phone you will receive until you go through the qualification program. Programs often make smartphones available for users.