Real Deal - Real Deal: Free cell phone The free phones are paid for with money from OUR phone bills. That little charge called the "USF", the universal service fee, and who's eligible. If you get food stamps? Fuel Assistance? Mass Health? If you're part of many of the states programs for low-income families, you are also eligible for discounted landlines or free cells. I wouldn't mind paying for free cellphones or land lines for the elderly or disabled. To give healthy people free cellphones makes me sick. Why not just give them a newspaper, so that they can check out the Help Wanted ads. What is next, free cable TV & WiFi at home ???