In southern Cook county this is what I actually witnessed myself several months ago.
Booths were set up in food stores and even in parking lots under tents in parking lots where they were giving away Free Govt cell phones.
All that was required was a govt. photo ID card, and or a medicare card to get the free phone. A very nice phone, much better than my dumb cell phone.
NO income verification. The tents had lines of 30 - 40 people lined up even when the temp was 95 and the lots must have been much hotter. They did this for days and weeks. I know people who walked away from the tent with a free phone that only showed a medicare card.