The government announced this week that it will give out $5 million to the owners of the latest smartphones, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The money will go to manufacturers, retailers and carriers, according to a press release.
The move comes amid a debate over the future of wireless carriers, which could have an impact on consumers.
Apple, Samsung and Google will not receive any money from the subsidy, as they are all profitable companies.
The subsidies, which come to a total of $7 billion over the next decade, are aimed at keeping prices down for the government-subsidized phone industry.
They are intended to keep phones out of the hands of consumers who don’t have access to good wireless networks, which often cost more.
“The subsidy has already helped spur new investment in the smartphone industry and helped to spur economic growth,” said Jason Furman, the Treasury Secretary.
“In a world where consumers are increasingly reliant on technology to access the goods and services they want, this subsidy is a crucial component of ensuring that consumers are able to afford to buy the products they want.”
The subsidy was announced as part of the $4.8 trillion stimulus package announced earlier this month.
It is aimed at helping companies compete on the cheap, but could also affect consumers.
In the past, subsidies have not been paid out to companies with large markets or large revenue.
The announcement was welcomed by the National Retail Federation, which said it supports “the goal of helping the manufacturers that manufacture the latest and greatest smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics.”
But other manufacturers were quick to criticize the subsidy.
“It’s going to hurt manufacturers because they’re going to have to raise prices, because they don’t get the subsidy,” said Chris Siegel, the head of mobile and consumer products at JBL.
“They’re going through a period of transition where they’re just going to need to raise their prices.”