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Free Government iPhone Programs

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our social services relied heavily on connectivity; schools and businesses transitioned from in-person to online. To help facilitate this massive shift, the federal government created multiple financial programs.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigned these programs to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a nonprofit organization that aims to help low-income residents afford internet and phone services.

As part of their agreement with the FCC, the USAC received nearly $10 billion to fund service and equipment discounts. A large sum goes toward the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides lower monthly bills for broadband (up to $30 lower a month).

Additionally, the USAC facilitates the Lifeline program, which connects you to a phone or internet company that helps you receive a free or heavily discounted smartphone. The providers vary by state, but the most accessible include: