How to Qualify For a Free Phone With Little Or No Income

The Lifeline Assistance program can help you receive a free cell phone, and free minutes today!

alt="government cell phone"Do you need a phone, but can’t afford one?  Don’t be embarrassed, financial difficulties can happen to anyone.  Many people are still recovering from the financial collapse of 2008. 

If you need a little help, we will show you how to qualify for a free government phone, with little or no money!  You may qualify for these services, even if you work.

Free Government Cell Phone Guide, will show you how to:

  • choose a phone provider,
  • find  phone companies in your city,
  •  apply, and qualify for a subsidized phone. 
  • receive a free phone, up to 250 minutes a month and basic accessories
  • add minutes to your phone
  • upgrade your services, and more!

Check out our Sitemap, for an overview of articles that will question your questions about the Lifeline Assistance program, and how to get your own phone today!  When you are ready to choose a phone provider, go to: Free Phone Providers List.

Tip:  The three major providers of government subsidized phones, are Safelink Wireless, Reachout Wireless, and Assurance Wireless.  These three providers, covers most U.S. states.

Why Free Phones?

Lifeline, has been subsidizing phone services for low-income Americans since 1985.  The FCC-mandated free phone program helps the elderly, unemployed, veterans and disabled.  The funding for the program comes from Universal Service Fund fee, charged on all land line and cell pone service. 

A phone, gives you the freedom and peace of mind, that comes with having a reliable means of communication.  They help eliminate fear and isolation as well.  These phones are also a way of contacting rescue and abuse hotlines for battered women.  Being able to communicate is not a luxury, it is a necessity. 

It is especially important to have a phone, when you are sick, disabled, elderly or have small children!  This phone service, is a blessing to many poor people. Have you ever had a neighbor knock on your door to use your phone, or to use your number as a contact for a job? This is a sad reality for many people living all around us, maybe even you.  You qualify for a mobile phone, through Lifeline Assistance if you receive:

  • Medicaid,
  • Food Stamps – SNAP
  • Supplemental Security Income – SSI
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance – Section 8
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families  – TANF
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP
  • The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program

How to get a Phone

All you have to do is fill out an application on-line, fax or mail, along with proof you are eligible.  You can submit, payroll stubs, W-2 forms, or a letter from the government agency that is helping your.  Policy rules vary, depending on the phone provider and the state you live in. 

You also qualify if you receive other government assistance, please check with the Lifeline Assistance Program.

  US Poverty Guidelines

Persons in Family or Household Annual Income Monthly Income
1 $14,702 $1,225
2 $19,859 $1,655
3 $25,016 $2,085
4 $30,173 $2,514
5 $35,330 $2,944
6 $40,487 $3,374
7 $45,644 $3,804
8 $50,801 $4,233
For each additional person, add… $5,157 $430

NEXT:  Frequently Asked Questions about Free Government Phones

6 thoughts on “How to Qualify For a Free Phone With Little Or No Income

  1. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Michael, contract your cell phone provider, or go to their website, to see what phones they have on sale or what phone are compatible with your service.

  2. michael leone

    i lost my phone. i received a text from hunny that stated i need to provide my own phone to continue to receive my free minutes. please email me a list of the brand of phones that are compatible with reach out wireless

  3. Jerry Sherman

    How long will it take to receive my free phone?

  4. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Steven, just go to the cell phone providers list on Free Government Cell Phones Guide, to find a fee cell phone company in your state.

  5. Steven Gaille

    Please help me get help with a cell phone due to my low income being on disability I really need one desperately. Trying make it in this poverty stricken world. Thank You kindly. Steven Gaille.

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