Households on some of the lowest incomes can now apply for a £10 a month mobile phone tariff and it includes unlimited everything.
Voxi, which has launched the new deal, said people on certain means-tested benefits, such as Jobseekers Allowance can sign up for the price plan.
The ‘For Now’ tariff, which uses Vodafone’s network, is accessible to those on Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or employment-based Universal Credit.
It’s a sim only price plan, which means you can use it with your existing device and won’t have to pay an additional expense for add on services.
The plan is accessible for up to six months and can be taken out at any time before January 31 on the Voxi website.
To apply for it, you’ll need to confirm you qualify and claim specific benefits.
As a result, you’ll need to upload an image of your Universal Credit statement or a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions that confirms you receive state support.
Voxi said that customers will be immediately verified, meaning you won’t have to wait to be verified.
You also won’t have to carry out a credit check as it’s a monthly rolling contract which means you can cancel at any time.
The deal is similar to BT’s basic package which is aimed at those who claim Universal Credit and the telecom giant’s £5 a month plan has been developed in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions.
It costs £5.16 a month and includes a call allowance of £1.50, plus free weekend calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers lasting up to 60 minutes.
The tariff also includes a monthly £10 price cap on numbers beginning with 01, 02, 03, 07 and 08, which means you’ll never spend more than £15.16.
It’s accessible to anyone on Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pensions Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, providing you have zero earnings.
BT said this means that the claimant has no earnings from employment or self-employment during the assessment period for their benefit.
BT also offers a broadband option for those who need access to the internet, too.
BT Basic plus Broadband costs £10.07 per month.
The package includes the BT Basic £1.50 call allowance and a £10 monthly call price cap and there’s no connection charge for the broadband but customers will need to pay postage and packaging for their BT Home Hub, which is needed for BT broadband to work.
There will presumably be a bunch of people out there that will be saying that it’s a fantastic idea, but it’s a good way for them to monitor people on their texting and calling to see if they’re scamming the benefits system by having partners or jobs that they don’t know about.
They do the same thing to catch people out, spying on their bank accounts and what they have and what they’re buying, believe me, they’re not doing it for the sake of your health!
And it’s not like they’re giving it away for free, but now people that are on benefits can’t come up with the excuse that they don’t have any credit, but don’t stress, chill out because everyone will be on Universal Credit by January with the way that our Government is handling the COVID situation.