How to Find the Right Smartphone for your Budget with the Key Features you Need

The smartphone has become the leading device for keeping people connected to the world around them. And no, unlike the prices you will find at other companies, a smartphone doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg when you are on a budget.

Smartphones have become very easy-to-use, even for the first timer. Almost all offer one-click access to email, messaging, news, weather, turn-by-turn directions, photos, and access to your favorite social sites like Facebook.

At MobileNation, we provide affordable Lifeline phone options. You can see our current lineup of MobileNation Lifeline phones here.

Key Features to Consider

Screen Size
Since smartphones are used for various purposes, a big screen may be desired. Choose a smartphone with a large screen for a comfortable viewing experience. However, do remember that the larger the screen, the bigger the phone will be. Larger phones are harder to fit in your pocket as well as protect from breaking. The bigger they are, the harder they fall!

Camera
Since most of us are in the habit of going for a quick trip or outing, a smartphone with a camera and flash is a must. You never know when you can snap a happy memory that will last a lifetime! So, choose a smartphone with the right amount of MP (megapixels). Remember, the more MP, the clearer your photos will be. We suggest 2MP as the minimum for quality photos.

Internal memory size
A smartphone’s internal memory size is very important, because it will enable you to store photos, music, messages and videos. However, storing these in the internal memory will usually take up a lot of space and this is where the need for external memory storage arises. Make sure to choose a smartphone that has an external memory slot.

Smartphones…Decisions, Decisions

Still not sure which smartphone to choose? Our retail associates know these phones inside and out and will be happy to walk you through each phone to find the best one for your needs. Unlike most Lifeline providers, MobileNation has convenient retail locations in Tennessee and Kentucky. Just find a MobileNation location near you to find out more about Lifeline phones today.

So applying is super simple and that’s what makes MobileNation Lifeline so great. Whether you opt to apply online or in store, you’ll get an awesome experience with MobileNation.

You might be wondering how you know if you are eligible for MobileNation Lifeline. Click here for a list of qualifying programs.

MobileNation Splash Into Summer Sweepstakes

To celebrate the official start of summer, let’s talk about coasters and a new giveaway from MobileNation. We are partnering with WYNN 106.9STAR 107.7 & 105.5 The Cat to send three lucky winners and their friends to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari Park with our Splash Into Summer Sweepstakes!

So, what’s the prize? Each vacation package includes (4) 2-day passes to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari and a $250 Visa gift card.

“This contest is just one small way that we like to show our members how much we appreciate them,” said Summer Paris, Communications Manager. “As an added bonus, we are offering exclusive discounted tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to all MobileNation members on our website.”

How to Enter

Ready to enter? Simply click here for your chance to win the sweepstakes.

MobileNation members also have exclusive access to hundreds of deals on travel, computers, movies, tickets and food. To learn more, click here.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is located in Santa Claus, Indiana and was named the nation’s #1 water park by USA Today.

MobileNation Member Appreciation Ballpark Night

At MobileNation, we have always had the goal and desire to put our members first. We do this not just in the ways in which we save our members money but, also in the ways in which we can make the experience of being a MobileNation member the best it can possibly be.

MobileNation is sending its members and their families to the Jackson Generals baseball game on Saturday, May 13 for free! There will also be several free carnival rides within the ballpark and a fabulous post-game fireworks show.

Don’t miss this free MobileNation member appreciation event!  Plus, the first 1,000 people in the stadium will receive a free MobileNation autographed baseball.

Ticket vouchers can be picked up at any MobileNation store or you can download here. Each voucher can be redeemed for up to six tickets. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. and the gates open at 4:30 p.m.

But, that’s not all. MobileNation members will also receive $1 off Jackson Generals tickets for the entire 2017 season. Just give the box office the code “MOBILENATION” to get your discount. However, it is not valid on Thursday nights.

Existing MobileNation members and every new MobileNation member enjoy many discounts, contests and giveaways throughout the year. Be sure to check back for more great offers from MobileNation.

Feature Phone vs Smartphone: How to Know Which Phone is For You

Although the tides of cell phone ownership officially changed in 2013 when smartphones officially passed feature phones worldwide for the first time, the benefits of feature phones are still in demand for many Lifeline phone shoppers. Additionally, we’ve found that many cell phone shoppers still ask themselves the question– feature phone or smartphone. Which is right for me?

Well, the good news is that MobileNation Lifeline has you covered. We provide affordable Lifeline phone options for those looking for feature phones and those looking for smartphones.

Lifeline is a benefit offered by the government. The Universal Service Administrative Co. states more than 13 million people across the United States rely on Lifeline. To see how to apply for MobileNation Lifeline or how you can qualify, take a look at this article.

There is a myth that the government gives away cellphones through Lifeline; however, this is false. The Lifeline program only subsidizes the services. You can see our current lineup of MobileNation Lifeline phones here.

This post presents the benefits of each to keep in mind when you make the decision that is best for your needs.

Feature Phones: What you should consider.

Although many people think that feature phones are a thing of the past, we find that these affordable and durable phones are still in demand as a functional way to stay connected. However, a feature phone can also be just right for those frugal shoppers who don’t need, or want, the abundance of functions offered on a smartphone.

Here are some of the main reasons why people consider and use feature phones:

Keep it simple.

At first glance, a minimal internet connection might seem like a negative; but for others, this is exactly what they need.

Durable.

Without those sensitive and easily damaged glass screens, feature phones tend to last a lot longer than fragile smartphones. This is the perfect solution for those who are prone to dropping their phone and do not want the added costs of replacing.

Battery life.

Still to this day, one of the main gripes about most smartphones are their short-lasting batteries. Typically, feature phones have much longer battery life than smartphones. This is because they aren’t busy running apps and browsing the internet all day, thus giving peace of mind in knowing that your phone likely has a good amount of battery and is available in emergency situations.

Inexpensive.

Last but certainly not least, feature phones are still loved by many today because of their affordability. If any of these benefits of feature phones sound ideal to you, then we recommend strongly considering one of our low-cost feature phones.

Smartphones: What you should consider.

The smartphone has become the leading device for keeping people connected to the world around them. And unlike the prices you will find at other companies, a smartphone doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Here are some benefits of smartphones to consider before you decide to purchase:

Access to internet and the latest apps.

Today, staying in touch can mean many things beyond just call and text. For many circles, popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger are preferred to stay in contact and are only available through smartphones.

GPS capability. 

Having access to GPS is often handy for people from many walks of life, even beyond point-to-point direction assistance.

Camera quality.

One of the most sought after features for many smartphone users is a great camera. This is one of the areas that smartphones have a considerable advantage to feature phones. It has allowed many smartphone users to replace their digital camera altogether.

One device to handle your needs.

There was once a time when all cell phones were just another addition to the items we had to carry around in our day-to-day lives. Phone, wallet, keys, camera, MP3 player, and more. The invention of the smartphone has efficiently consolidated these items into one handheld device.

Lifeline Phone Conclusion

Hesitant about jumping into a smartphone purchase because you’re not sure you need all the features? Are you a senior and just want to make calls at an affordable price?

Then we recommend choosing a feature phone to stay connected with family and friends. If the time ever comes when you feel you’re ready to make the switch to a smartphone, we’ve got plenty to choose from.

Unlike most Lifeline providers, MobileNation has convenient retail locations in Tennessee and Kentucky. Just find a MobileNation location near you to find our more about Lifeline phones today.

Whether you opt for a feature or a smartphone, you’ll still get an awesome MobileNation Lifeline phone.

Why MobileNation’s Government Lifeline Benefit Offerings are Different

If you don’t know about MobileNation Lifeline, here’s how it works. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income families.

Lifeline provides the opportunities and security that phone service brings to all Americans. That’s sort of the idea behind Lifeline.

With Lifeline, you have a subsidy on the phone service. The program itself does not provide phones.

There’s no need to bend over backward to apply for Lifeline. It isn’t difficult or time-consuming.

So when you’re ready, follow along, and see how easy it is to apply for Lifeline with MobileNation.

How to Get Started

There are three simple steps to applying for the Lifeline benefit. First, you must select a provider for your state. You can find providers in your state by using this map.

MobileNation is a Lifeline provider for Tennessee and Kentucky. You must reside within MobileNation’s coverage area based on your home address. You can check to see if coverage is available within your area by entering your zip code here.

The second thing you’ll need to do is to create an application. In a few short minutes, you can have your Lifeline application complete.

As part of the application, you’ll need to provide proof that you are eligible for the Lifeline benefit. All Lifeline service providers are required to verify eligibility of a consumer by verifying income or participation in a qualifying program.

Once you’ve finished the application, MobileNation will verify your identity and make sure your household is not already receiving a Lifeline Program benefit. By law, the Lifeline program is only available for one line per household.

So Why Choose MobileNation Lifeline?

First, let’s take a look at why MobileNation is so different in the first place.

Unlike most Lifeline providers, MobileNation has convenient retail locations in Tennessee and Kentucky. Just find a MobileNation location near you.

When it comes to contacting MobileNation, you can reach of one of three ways:

  1. Visit one of our convenient locations
  2. Apply or chat in online
  3. Call and actually talk to a person

And, if you want to have more than one discounted line, MobileNation offers a service called ClearAssist, which provides customers with discounted wireless phone service each month.

So for example, you could have one line for Lifeline cell phone service, another one for ClearAssist cell phone service, and another one for ClearAssist internet.

Unlike Lifeline, ClearAssist is not a government-funded assistance plan. Rather, MobileNation solely funds the discounts.

Try using MobileNation for just a week. You can at least give it a shot. Our guarantee proves that we think you will love it.

Conclusion

So applying is super simple, right? That’s what makes MobileNation Lifeline so great.

Whether you opt to apply online or in store, you’ll get an awesome experience with MobileNation.

You might be wondering how you know if you are eligible for MobileNation Lifeline. Want to learn more and see how you qualify? Click here for a list of qualifying programs.

I Still Use a Home Phone, and I’m Not Going to Stop. Here’s Why.

Phone technology has changed a lot over the last two decades. More and more people seem to be cutting out their home phone and going mobile.

There are some children who have never even had a home phone. It may be something they have only seen in the movies!

If you’re like the growing majority of Americans, you probably use your cellphone more than your landline. The 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reported that the number of American homes with only mobile phones continues to grow. Almost one-half of American homes (49.3%) now have only cell phones at home.

This statistic is up almost two percent from just the year before in 2015. Data showed that 50.2% of Kentucky households and 52.4% of Tennessee households have only cellphones.

But don’t be so quick to dismiss the benefits of having a home phone. Below are some reasons to have one, even in today’s mobile world.

Stay Connected

A home phone is a way to stay connected to family and friends far and wide. For this very reason, in 1985, the Lifeline government assistance program began.

Lifeline started out as a home phone program for lower income families. It provided a way to stay in touch with employers, schools and emergency personnel.

As part of the application for Lifeline, you’ll need to provide proof that you are eligible for the benefit. You can see the qualifiers here.

Also, home phones are affordable and still offer the benefit of reliable phone service. However, monthly phone costs can add up to a lot over time.

That is why it’s always a smart idea to see if MobileNation can save you money. We are a provider of Lifeline cell phones and home phone service. You can see our current plans here.

Kid Friendly

Have kids or grandchildren? If they need to make an emergency call, they know exactly where the home phone is located.

You don’t have to worry about if you left it in the kitchen, the bedroom or even in your car. And on that note, when the phone rings, you know where the phone is too.

Are your children young and need a way to communicate but you aren’t ready for them to have a cell phone? In that case, a home phone may be the way to go too.

Don’t forget that you don’t have to keep a home phone charged. Who doesn’t love low maintenance technology? Plus, you don’t have to worry about using up your minutes with unlimited nationwide calling.

Home Phone Features

So, why spend the $10 a month it takes to keep your home phone active if you qualify for Lifeline with MobileNation? With a home phone, you can make unlimited calls to any cell phone or landline.

Plus, MobileNation has all the features you expect for less. With it, you get reliable phone service with features like Caller ID 3-way calling and call waiting.

If you’re not already using a home phone, give it a try. You can apply for Lifeline by clicking here.

Unlike most Lifeline providers, MobileNation has retail locations in Tennessee and Kentucky. If you prefer to apply in person, just find a MobileNation location near you.

Ignored Opportunity? What You Need to Know About Lifeline Phone Service Right Now

Reliable phone service is a perk of modern life that many of us take for granted. Stop and think for a minute: what if you didn’t have access to your phone?

Try and stay calm. Many of us panic when our battery dies or we forgetfully leave it laying somewhere.

For many lower income families, the expense of a cell phone plan is out of their budget. Fortunately, there is a government benefit called Lifeline. It provides discounted phone service, and MobileNation is a provider for Tennessee and Kentucky.

Lifeline has one goal— to make sure everyone has access to affordable communication services, regardless of income. More importantly, this benefit program helps with employment, education and public safety.

History of Lifeline

In 1985, the FCC established Lifeline to make sure that lower income families could afford phone service. The program was expanded in 2005 to include wireless service.

Currently, more than 13 million people across the United States rely on Lifeline according to the Universal Administrative Co. Recent statistics reveal that 286,968 households in Tennessee depend on it as well.

However, the USDA reports there are 611,805 SNAP households in the state of Tennessee. As you can see, only 46% of those who could qualify for Lifeline are utilizing the benefit.

In other words, SNAP is a qualifying program for participation in Lifeline. So, usually if you are a SNAP recipient, you could qualify for government discounted phone service.

So What Is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps lower income families obtain a more nutritious diet by supplementing their income with SNAP benefits. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

SNAP used to be known as the Food Stamp Program. If you receive benefits through your state government (EBT), you’re probably a SNAP participant.

Want more information? You can visit the SNAP website here.

What types of people use Lifeline? 

It’s hard— if not impossible— to imagine what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. So, we will share a few stories from our members at MobileNation.

One member, is a single mother from Kentucky who was laid off. She said, “I’ve applied for jobs because of this phone. I’ve been able to get on the internet because of this phone. This phone has let me open more doors and make a better life for me and my daughter.”

Lifeline is a benefit program that helps individuals improve their lives. It is a vital service to Americans that opens doors to opportunity.

Another example, is a story of a mother in Tennessee, caring for a son with autism who used her phone to communicate with family and schedule her son’s doctor appointments.

If you want to read what other members had to say, click here. These are just regular people who are going through a rough time in their life.

That’s why the Lifeline program exists— to help these families have access to family and friends as well as support networks during a difficult stage of life.

Applying for Lifeline Benefits

In a matter of minutes, you could apply to see if you qualify to receive Lifeline discounted cell phone service from MobileNation. You can apply online or visit one of many MobileNation locations.

How to Find Out if You Qualify for Free Cell Phone Service in 2 Minutes

What is Lifeline?

Let’s face it. There aren’t many real, free offers out there. However, free cell phone service is one of them.

Lifeline is a benefit the government offers. According to the folks at the Universal Service Administrative Co. more than 13 million people across the United States rely on Lifeline.

The Lifeline government assistance program began in 1985. The major reason it was designed, was to help low-income families who were struggling to get back on their feet.

Lifeline started out by offering a home phone as a way to communicate with employers, schools, family and emergency personnel. Eventually, the program expanded to include free cell phone service.

An Overview of the Process

So, how do you apply? We’ll show you how to do this this step-by-step.

There are three simple steps to applying for the Lifeline benefit. First, you must select a provider for your state. You can find providers in your state by using this map.

MobileNation is a Lifeline provider for Tennessee and Kentucky. You must reside within MobileNation’s coverage area based on your home address. You can check to see if coverage is available within your area by entering your zip code here.

The second thing you’ll need to do is to create an application. In a few short minutes, you can have your Lifeline application complete. Go ahead and create a username, password and provide your email.

Prefer to apply in person? We’ve got you covered.

Unlike most Lifeline providers, MobileNation has convenient retail locations in Tennessee and Kentucky. Just find a MobileNation location near you, and a helpful store associate will guide you through the application process. Just be sure and bring your required documents.

What Does Free Cell Phone Service Require?

The information that you provide will help us determine if you are eligible to receive the Lifeline benefit.

We will ask for:

  • First and Last Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number

As part of the application, you’ll need to provide proof that you are eligible for the Lifeline benefit. If you are currently a recipient of any of the approved assistance programs listed below, you could qualify to receive MobileNation Lifeline Federal Benefit Service.

If you choose to prove your eligibility by a qualifying program, bring proof of participation such as a SNAP card, Medicaid card or your public housing lease agreement.

If you do not participate in any of the five programs listed above, you can still qualify by using your household’s income (at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines). To prove your eligibility, be sure to bring some type of proof of income like a tax return.

Are there Rules?

Surprisingly, there are only three rules to the Lifeline monthly benefit of free cell phone service.

First, Lifeline is only available to subscribers who can document their eligibility. Second, there is only one benefit allowed per household. And third, subscribers are required to recertify their eligibility every year.

It’s that simple.

Conclusion

Once you’ve finished the application, MobileNation will verify your identity and make sure your household is not already receiving a Lifeline Program benefit. By law, the Lifeline program is only available for one line per household.

And, if you want to have more than one discounted line, MobileNation offers a service called ClearAssist, which provides customers with discounted wireless phone service each month. Unlike Lifeline, ClearAssist is not a government-funded assistance plan. Rather, MobileNation solely funds the discounts.

In a matter of minutes, you could apply to receive your free cell phone service from MobileNation Lifeline. Ready? Let’s go.