Requesting an Obama phone and service requires meeting certain low-income thresholds and qualifying for one of several government programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid. Applicants must then apply for a phone with a cellphone carrier that covers their location.
The first step to getting an Obama phone is proving eligibility. Although requirements vary from state-to-state, most people can qualify by participating in one of the many government programs utilized by poor and low-income individuals. Individual must identify a phone provider in their state and determine which plan best suits their needs. They must then complete an online application that the provider offers, then wait for the phone to arrive by mail.
Obama phones are available as the result of LifeLine Assistance, an FCC-mandated government program that gives financially disadvantaged individuals a cellphone with minutes and texting.