The Lifeline program allows eligible low-income person access to cellphone service. You can choose from Assurance wireless, or Safelink wireless. I would also recommend viewing the Standup wireless website to see compare all three options. Before you cancel your line, keep in mind that you have the legal right to keep your phone number. This is called porting; your number from your old carrier to your new carrier. Read more about the process here.
Upgrading your Lifeline device.
If you're tech savvy or willing to try, there are some benefits to upgrading your Lifeline device. Assurance, Safelink and Standup wireless will allow you to BYOD, Bring Your Own Device. Just call them by dialing 611, and they can tell you if the phone you'd like to buy is compatible with their service. Sometimes the sim is free, other times you may have to purchase it from your wireless company. A sim card is a chip that is inserted into your phone. It is programmed to your line. Once you have the new sim card you will place it in your compatible Smart phone. It's a great way to keep your cellphone active without compromising on the benefits of new technologies.