The ACP Helps with No Cost Devices

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In today’s world, being connected online is essential, not just a bonus, so it’s super important to have good devices to use the internet. Whether it’s for a job or staying connected with family, the demand for devices has skyrocketed. However, the reality is that not everyone can afford these devices, and that’s where the ACP (Affordable Connectivity Program) steps in. This program is committed to leveling the playing field. The ACP offers support by reducing the costs of these devices, and in some cases, providing them for free. Let’s take a look into what the ACP is how they can help you get a new device.

Getting to Know the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The ACP replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit and was put into effect as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This FCC program wants to make sure every low income household, can get the important internet services they need for different tasks. It not only offers monthly discounts on internet services but also provides qualifying households with a one-time discount for purchasing devices like laptops or tablets from participating providers.

Do You Fit the Eligibility?

The ACP eligibility requirements are designed to support households in genuine need. To qualify, a household should either have an income that’s at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • A member qualifies for a provider’s low-income program.
  • A member of the household received a Federal Pell Grant in the current year.
  • A member participates in assistance programs like the School Lunch or Breakfast Program, SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), WIC, Veterans Pension, or Lifeline.
  • For those living on qualifying Tribal lands, participation in specific Tribal assistance programs can also grant eligibility.

What Should You Have on Hand When Applying? 

Begin by going to the official FCC website where you’ll find the link and all the information required for the application. As you fill out the form, be prepared to provide several details.

Here are some items you may encounter on the application:

  • The name of the person who is eligible in your household.
  • The name of the program that qualifies you, like WIC.
  • The issuing agency’s name, whether it’s a government agency, Tribal agency, school, university, or other administrator.
  • A document date from the last year or an upcoming end date that fits the duration of your benefits.

What Benefits Can You Get?

With the ACP, there’s a bunch of benefits waiting for eligible households. Let’s break down the discounts you could access and understand how to bag that free device.

  • Monthly discount of up to $30 for internet service for qualifying households.
  • Monthly discount of up to $75 for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
  • One-time discount of up to $100 for eligible households to purchase select devices from participating providers.

Now that we know about the discounts, let’s see how to get a free phone. Different companies have different ways to give out free phones. Let’s look at how TruConnect does it using programs like ACP and Lifeline. Here’s a quick summary of plans they offer:

Lifeline Plan:

  • Up to 6 GB of high-speed data.
  • Unlimited talk and text.
  • Complimentary SIM card for BYOD users.
  • Unlimited international calling to certain countries.

ACP Plan:

  • Increased data allowance of 8 GB at high speeds.
  • Unlimited talk and text.
  • Free SIM card for those with their own device (BYOD).
  • A chance to purchase a tablet for only $10.01.
  • Unlimited international calling to certain countries.
  • Two months of Amazon Prime.

Lifeline and ACP Combo:

  • Unlimited data.
  • Unlimited talk and text.
  • Choice of a free smartphone or SIM card.
  • Option to buy a tablet at $10.01.
  • Unlimited international calling to certain countries.
  • Two-month Amazon Prime subscription.

Understanding Lifeline: What Is It?

The Lifeline Program is very similar to ACP in several ways. This program was also an FCC program meant to help make phone and internet services more affordable. Those eligible for the program can receive a monthly discount on these services, ranging up to $9.25, with larger discounts for those residing on tribal lands. However, beneficiaries can only use the discount on one service at a time. To be eligible, one must either have an income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or be a part of specific federal assistance programs.


The digital age demands that everyone has access to the internet, and having a device is the first step. The ACP (Affordable Connectivity Program) recognizes this need and is making a huge difference by providing no-cost devices and discounts to those in need. The ACP works to make sure more people can connect, learn, and grow.

Another program, Lifeline, also offers phone and internet service discounts and when paired with carriers these programs can do even more. For instance, TruConnect offers plans under both programs with various benefits such as data allowances, unlimited calls, and discounted devices. So whether for work, or personal use, having a device is no longer a luxury but a necessity, and thanks to the ACP, it’s becoming a reality for many!