California residents rejoice! Earlier this year we posted a news topic about Lifeline Assistance in California. Despite being a state that was once known for the quality of its benefits, California lagged a bit behind when it came to free government cell phones. Many parts of the state still do not have coverage, but there are now more carriers of Lifeline Assistance serving California than ever before. The state decided to offer incentives to companies to offer more competitive Lifeline packages to Californians. Now Budget Mobile Lifeline has announced its incredible new plan for California residents.
Budget Wireless’ California Plan
With a Budget Mobile California Connect LifeLine Plan, you can get 1000 voice minutes and unlimited text messages absolutely free. Yes, free. No, you do not need to be a member of a Native American tribe to qualify for this awesome plan. No, this is not a one-off promotion for new customers. This is an ongoing plan available to all California residents who qualify for Lifeline Assistance and live in the Budget Mobile service areas.
How awesome is this plan compared to other Lifeline plans? Consider the typical Lifeline Assistance free government phone plan you can get in most states—just 250 free voice minutes and 250 text messages. This is the plan which Budget Mobile offers to residents outside of California. Anywhere outside of the state, 1000 minutes plus unlimited text messages costs $20.
Budget Mobile Top-Up Plans
What if you want more than 1000 voice minutes and you’re living in California? Budget is offering you amazing top-up plans. If you want unlimited voice minutes each month and unlimited text messages, you can pay $17.60 per month. That is less than you would pay for 1000 voice minutes outside of California! For $27.60 per month, you can upgrade to unlimited voice calling plus unlimited text messages plus 3000 MB of data.
Why is Budget Mobile able to offer so much more in California? In most states, Lifeline Assistance free and discounted cell phone plans are paid for out of the Universal Service Fund, which provides $9.25 in reimbursements to carriers. As a result, they can only offer so many free minutes before they end up losing money themselves. The USF provides more reimbursements for tribal members, which is why there are usually better plans available for Native Americans on tribal grounds.
In California, there is more money available to carriers to provide better service, because the state is adding funds to the reimbursements. The amount of money they provide along with the $9.25 from the USF for non-tribal residents of California is comparable to the amount the USF offers for tribal members outside the state. That is why the plans in California are going to be so much better. For tribal members, even more amazing plans will be available.
It will take some time for other carriers to start cropping up in the state and offering these great plans. In the meantime, Budget Mobile’s California plans are available. So if you are currently receiving service through another provider and still putting up with just 250 minutes per month, look into switching to Budget. If you do not currently receive Lifeline, download the application from the Budget Mobile website and see whether you might qualify. Good luck, and enjoy using 1000 free voice minutes per month without paying a dime!
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