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How to Get a Free Phone Through the ACP (Affordable Connectivity Program)


Your access to digital communications is vital for survival. If you don’t have access to a phone or computer, it may be challenging to apply for work, book appointments, and manage your finances. Unfortunately, maintaining cellular and internet services can be difficult in this economy. The good news is that the Federal Communications Commission has enacted a program to help. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a benefit program that aims to provide households with affordable broadband for work, school, healthcare, and more. Since it was enacted, the ACP has worked to provide millions of Americans with internet access.

What Benefits are Available?

The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. In addition, eligible households can receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a computer or tablet from participating providers. Participants are obligated to contribute between $10 and $50 toward the electronic device in order to receive the discount. Need a good credit card for online purchases? This site can help you get approved.

Who is Eligible?

In order to qualify for the ACP, a household must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Alternatively, participation in various government assistance programs may grant eligibility. For example, your household will qualify for ACP if one or more members receive SNAP, Medicaid, Section 8, or Social Security. Check the FCC website for specific eligibility requirements.

How Do You Apply?

Once you determine that you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply on the FCC’s website. You will need to provide some personal information and proof of eligibility. Your proof may include pay stubs or benefit statements from your applicable government aid.

How Do You Pick a Service Provider?

Once you are accepted to the program, you must select a service provider. You can use the search engine on the FCC’s website to find participating service providers in your region. Carefully research your options to find a plan that fits your budget and needs. Some providers offer additional benefits such as free devices or waived fees, so be sure to consider these in your evaluation. Visit service provider websites to get an idea on pricing and the types of plans offered. When you find a provider you like, get in touch with one of their sales representatives for more accurate pricing information. Before you sign a contract, check out some customer reviews to determine whether existing users are happy with the service.

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