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Free cell phones from Uncle Sam! Do you qualify?
by Staff
Many low-income Americans don't have cell phones, but they can thanks to Uncle Sam. Take this quiz and see what you know about the program.

What's the name of the federal program that provides low-income Americans with free government-subsidized cell phones?

  • Lifephone
  • Lifeline
  • TracPhone
  • Freephone

Participation in which federal program does not automatically qualify a person for a free government mobile phone?

  • food stamps
  • Medicare
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

What's the name of the federal program created by Congress to provide universal telecommunication service?

  • United Service Fund
  • Universal Service Fund
  • Universal Phone Service Fund
  • United Telecommunications Fund

Which of the following statements best describes a "cell" as it relates to a mobile phones?

  • Cells are specific areas where radio waves cannot penetrate.
  • Cells are specific areas that have a special station to receive radio signals.
  • Cells are specific areas where wireless communication is non-existent.
  • Cells are specific areas where topography makes mobile communication possible.

What type of signal does a cell phone search for when it's turned on?

  • analog
  • radio
  • digital
  • smoke

Why is a 4G cell phone better than a 3G cell phone?

  • It's cheaper.
  • 4G phones are easier to find.
  • It can carry more information.
  • You can't send a large amount of data on 4G network.

In which decade did the U.S. government decide it would help people connect to a telephone service?

  • 1920s
  • 1930s
  • 1940s
  • 1950s

What percentage of Americans have at least one cell phone?

  • 50
  • 75
  • 85
  • 90

What percentage of Americans subscribe to a landline telephone?

  • 56
  • 67
  • 80
  • 96

Which state has the lowest percentage of households with telephone service?

  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • West Virginia
  • Tennessee

Who ultimately pays for free mobile phones to low-income Americans?

  • taxpayers
  • phone companies
  • cable companies
  • state governments

How much money does the Universal Service Fund give wireless carriers per month to provide free cell phone service to the disadvantaged?

  • $5
  • $10
  • $50

How many free cell phones can a low-income household have?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

What's the main difference between the government's Lifeline program and its Link Up program?

  • Link Up provides qualified subscribers with a one-time discount off the initial installation for a traditional landline phone; Lifeline helps pay for one wireless phone.
  • Link Up provides funding for landline service only in rural areas; Lifeline helps pay for wireless access in those same regions.
  • Link Up is not a government program, but a program funded by the telephone companies.
  • Link Up and Lifeline are basically the same programs.

Which of the following states has the least Lifeline participation rate?

  • Virginia
  • Texas
  • Hawaii
  • Florida

Which group of Americans can receive an additional $25 in Lifeline discounts?

  • Those living on Indian reservations.
  • Those living in nursing homes.
  • Those living on military bases.
  • Those living in U.S. territories.

Why does the FCC want to expand the phone subsidy program to include broadband?

  • Because many areas do not have access to broadband.
  • Because broadband is too expensive for most people.
  • Because broadband is a luxury.
  • Because broadband will make the FCC's job easier.

In what year did Congress vote to expand the USF to include low-income residents?

  • 1934
  • 1991
  • 1996
  • 2003

How many Americans do not own cell phones?

  • 12 million
  • 32 million
  • 50 million
  • 60 million

In what year did the first cellular phone go on the market?

  • 1984
  • 1987
  • 1989
  • 1990