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Federal program offers free cell phones

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A federal program in Mississippi allows some people to get a free cell phone.

If you receive federal or state help from programs such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, you are eligible to apply for Assurance Wireless, the free cell phone program.

"By providing a phone and 250 minutes of free voice service and 250 free text messages each month, Assurance Wireless provides a way for low income eligible residents to stay connected to family, services and potential jobs," said Jack Pflanz of Assurance Wireless.

Jackson resident Estinika Brown said eligible people like her elderly mother-in-law had to apply online in the past. Now, people have the option to visit Boost Mobile and Krazy Wireless in the metro area and actually get team members at those stores to help register for the service.

"I think it's a great idea for them to be able to come into the store because everybody doesn't have access to the Internet. And so, to be able to walk into the store and get that, that's a great benefit," Brown said.

The service is paid for by the Universal Service Fund, which is supported by various cell-phone companies.

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