Low Cost Internet, Computers & Smart Phones
Who offers discounts on computers, home Internet service and smart phones for low-income residents?
Three companies offer low-cost, high-speed Internet in Seattle, all for around $10 a month. You can also purchase laptops, desktop computers and tablets starting at $99, and qualify for a discounted smart phone plan as well. With help from these programs, you can check your email, do your homework, search for jobs, pay your bills, watch short video clips, download music, and much more. See below for contact and general information for each of these offerings.
Low Cost Internet
CenturyLink Internet Basics
- $9.95/month Internet + $2/month broadband recovery fee (for speeds up to 1.5Mbps) + tax
- DSHS recipient or income below 135% Poverty Level
- Requires 12-month contract; free modem rental for first 12 months; $8.99/month thereafter
- Internet wired to your home via phone line
- $150 iPad mini available for purchase with 2-year contract (rate increases from $9.95/month to $14.95/month for months 13-24)
- No CenturyLink Internet service for past 90 days or unpaid CenturyLink bills
Internet Essentials Program
- $9.95/month unlimited Internet (speeds up to 10Mbps) + tax
- Must have a child who qualifies for the free or reduced school lunch program or attending a school that has over 50% of students on free/reduced lunch program. See list of schools here.
- Modem and WiFi router included at no additional cost
- Cable Internet wired to your home
- $150 Laptops available for purchase (includes Microsoft Office, Norton Security Suite and 90-day warranty)
- No Comcast Internet service for past 90 days or recent unpaid Comcast bills
- $10/month Internet for 1.2GB at 4G speed, then unlimited 3G speed
- $20/month Internet for 3.2GB at 4G speed, then unlimited 3G speed
- Must be referred by qualifying partner or live in low income zip code area
- Affordable computers
- Links to public access and learning locations
- $99 refurbished laptops with a range of software (Windows 7 Pro, Microsoft Office Home & Business 2010, Microsoft Security Essentials, and a 1-year warranty)
- Desktops, flat screens, tablets and high-end laptops are also available
- DSHS recipient or income below 80% Area Median. See income limits here
- They have a store in Seattle offering products and assistance
Discount Smart Phones
Lifeline Discount Smart Phone Programs
Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides monthly telephone service discounts for eligible consumers living on low incomes, helping create access to the opportunities and security that phone service affords - including being able to connect to jobs, housing, family and 9-1-1. Lifeline is supported by the Universal Service Fund. For more information call 2-1-1.
The Lifeline discount can now be applied to smart phone service. Access Wireless, Budget Mobile, Family Mobile, and YourTel all offer no contract Lifeline smart phone service. Free voice mail, caller ID and call waiting are also included; smart phone handsets are not included. All of these companies sell Android smart phones for $50 or less.
You may qualify if you meet either of the criteria below.
1) You participate in any of these programs:
- Aged, Blind & Disabled (ABD)
- Community Options Program Entry System (COPES)
- DSHS Chore Services
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Food Stamps (SNAP)
- Housing & Essential Needs (HEN)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Medicaid, Medical Assistance & Medicare cost-sharing programs
- National School Lunch Program (free lunch)
- Refugee Assistance
- State Family Assistance (SFA)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
2) Your household income is at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Guidelines are as follows:
# of Household Members / Gross Monthly Income
1 = $1,324 5 = $3,196
2 = $1,792 6 = $3,664
3 = $2,260 7 = $4,132
4 = $2,728
*Add $468 for each additional person.
For detailed information about the providers in Washington, call 2-1-1 or visit www.interconnection.org/get-connected-smartphones.php
Contact Vicky Yuki, Outreach & Education Coordinator, by email or by phone at 206-233-7877, for more information.