Is There a Legitimate Cell Phone Program Offered Through an Obama Initiative?


Quick Answer

Although named after President Obama, the Obama Phone program is not an initiative of the Obama administration. The "Obama Phone" program, or Lifeline program, is intended to subsidize eligible low-income individuals for cell phones and a certain amount of minutes each month. It is managed by the Federal Communications Commission, but actually originated during the Reagan administration in 1985.

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Generally, eligibility for a free cell phone and monthly minutes is determined based on whether individuals are already participating in a federal assistance program, such a Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income. Eligible individuals may qualify for 250, 1,000 or unlimited monthly minutes and texts, depending on their circumstances. The Lifeline program is regulated at the state level.

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