Just because it's from the government doesn't mean the phone is safe.
Phones provided to low-income families and paid for by the US government are allegedly coming with malware already installed. Not only that, the infected software reportedly can't be removed from the devices without some consequences.
Blog - Post - Malwarebytes - Labs - Wednesday
A blog post from Malwarebytes Labs on Wednesday details the malware preinstalled on the UMX U686CL, a budget Android phone provided by Assurance Wireless as part of the government's Lifeline Assistance program.
On the device were two pieces of malware suspected of being of Chinese origin, according to Malwarebytes Labs, and both are preinstalled...