YOU may be eligible to receive a free government cell phone with airtime minutes added every month, absolutely free! It’s 100% true! This is not scam and there is no catch. We are going to show how you may be able to get one for your household!

If you qualify for the Lifeline Assistance Program, you will receive a cell phone at no cost. Even better, there is:

  • Never a contract to tie you down
  • No credit check to sweat out.
  • No activation fees or security deposits
  • No bills to receive

Unfortunately, this offer is not yet available in every state and not everyone will qualify for this program. However we will show you everything you need to know about the program. We will review the different cell phone providers that offer free government cell phones and describe all of their plan details and extra features, so you’ll know which provider is best for you. We will help you to determine if you are eligible to participate in the program. Finally, when you have chosen the right provider for you, we’ll show you the requirements for your state and how to apply.

How is possible to get a free government cell phone?

For years, the US government has tried to make sure that all Americans have access to life’s necessities. The government has provided assistance to people who were having trouble affording food, medical care and housing through familiar programs like EBT, Medicare and Rental Assistance respectively.  Now our world has changed from a society of letters-in –the-mail to one of instant communication. This instant communication is no longer a luxury, but a necessity of life in our more connected world. Having a phone is vital for finding a job, staying in touch with colleagues and family, or alerting people of emergencies.  Even payphones, once a common public sight, are now becoming obsolete.

Our government realizes this change and has created the Federal Lifeline Assistance Program to help subsidize a way that everyone can be in contact with their businesses or loved ones.  Therefore, to help Americans with this new basic need, the government created the Lifeline Assistance Program to help reduce the cost of cell phone access for people who need assistance.

The Federal Lifeline Assistance Program

The Federal Lifeline Assistance Program is a program started by the United States government to help all Americans have access to telecommunications.  Therefore, the government created this program to help all Americans, regardless of income, have access to cell phones by providing discounts on phone installation and services.

The government requires telecommunications companies to pay a portion of their income to pay for the Lifeline Assistance Program. That money is then given to companies so that they may provide free cell phones and low-cost to those who need them.

Originally, the plan was designed to help subsidize the use of home landline phones. As time passed, and cell phone ownership became more common and cost-effective, the Federal Lifeline Assistance Plan was extended to cover cell phone use as well.

There are many cell phone companies that participate in the Lifeline program, however not all of them provide free cell phones or free cell phone service. Some only offer discounts to existing cell phone plans.

This site will focus on the carriers that provide free cell phones and free talk minutes, but we will also touch on some of the carriers that offer discounted service, as many of these are quite worthwhile. There are 3 major carriers Assurance Wireless, Safelink Wireless and Reachout Wireless. We will review these as well as some regional carriers.

How do I qualify for a free government cell phone?

There are 4 common requirements:

1 Only ONE member of a household can participate in the Lifeline Assistance Program.  Violators can be subject to penalties.

2. You must have and provide a valid US mailing address. The phone must be sent to a street address. A P.O. Box cannot be used as an address of record.

3. You must be a resident of a state that currently participates in the program. The largest cell phone providers are already participating in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. If your state is not listed, you still have options. However, as other states are added to the program, this page will be updated accordingly, so please check this page frequently.

4. The rules of eligibility change from state to state.  Generally, there are two ways to qualify. You only need to qualify under one of these ways to be eligible for a free government cell phone:

Governmental Program Based Eligibility – If you already participate in a government assistance program like Medicaid, Federal Housing Public Assistance/ Section 8, Food Stamps/ SNAP, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or others, it is likely you qualify for a free government cell phone. Please see the state application of the provider of our choice for more programs.

Income- based Eligibility- If you don’t participate in any government assistance program; you may qualify in some states, based upon your household income. The following chart shows the maximum allowable household income level to qualify for the program. If your total household income is below the figure in the chart for your state, you may qualify for a free government cell phone. Find your state in the notes below (some states do not allow customers to qualify by income alone).

Members of Household

Group One


Group Two


























1Group One states – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

2Group Two states – Florida, New Jersey (only for residents 65 years of age and over), Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas.

**For households greater than 8 members, add 5,346 for each additional member in a Group A State and 5,940 for each additional member in a Group B state.

The above figures are based upon the 2012 United States Poverty Guidelines and are subject to change.

If you apply based on income eligibility, you will be asked to provide some proof of income. Please see your state’s application form for more information


I qualify! How do I get started?

To get started, you can go to our Providers by State page. There you will see the companies that offer free cell phones in your state. You can then click on a provider to see their plans. If you know which provider you are interested in, you may click one of the links below.

Assurance Wireless      Reachout Wireless      Safelink Wireless     Yourtel Wireless   Care Wireless   Life Wireless