Free Government Cell Phones

In this economy, free government cell phones, are a tremendous help to low-income and those receiving government assistance.  These subsidized phones won’t stop financial difficulties, but help, deserving families who struggle every day. We are now seeing improvements in the economy, and companies are hiring again.  However, there are still too many people, out of work or under-employed.  As of January 2014, over 90% of adults have a mobile phone.  eMarketer forecasts that in 2014 up to 4.55 billion will be using cellular phone service worldwide.  This is not a fad, this is our major mode of verbal communication today!  There are homes where one, or both parents are out of work.  Many who have worked their whole lives, now reluctantly seek some type of help from a government agency.

 Do we Need Free Government Cell Phones?

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Cell phones, are not a luxury, they are a necessity, in this fast paced world we live in!  This is the way we communicate, at home and throughout our day.   No more looking for a pay phone when out, or running home to check our messages.  Can you imagine living a life with one?   Thank goodness, we are no longer tethered to the land lines our parents used.  Everyone will at one time or another need to:

  • Make a doctor, or other important appointments
  • Call your boss if you are late for work or out sick
  • Keep in touch with children, sick or elderly family members
  • Call 911 when you have an emergency

We need the ability to reach one another, quickly and effectively. The good news, is that if you are financially eligible, you will qualify for the Lifeline Assistance program can help. You can receive a free service, and up to 250 minutes each month.

How we can Help you

We will show you how to:

  • find authorized companies
  • how to apply and qualify
  • add extra minutes
  • receive up to 250 minutes a month
  • upgrade your services, and more!

If you need a little help, we will show you how to qualify for government phones.  You may qualify for these services, even if you work. If you already receive benefits from the government, you should definitely apply. If you are working, check US Poverty Guideline to see if you are eligible. These legitimate benefits are available to anyone who qualifies financially. Please see our Sitemap, for an overview of articles that will answer your questions about the Lifeline Assistance program, and how to get help today!

How Free Government Phones are Possible

Lifeline, has been subsidizing communication services for low-income Americans since 1985. Lifeline phone service along with the FCC help the financially disadvantaged. The funding for the program comes from Universal Service Fund fee, charged on all land line and cell 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 that comes with being isolated. These phones are also a way of contacting rescue, and abuse hotlines for battered women.

How to Qualify for A Government Subsidized Phone

It is especially important to be able to call someone, when you are elderly, sick, disabled, or have small children! This free 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 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

If you feel you are eligible for a government phone, the next step is to find a authorized government phone provider, and sign up for service.

How to Enroll

Find a provider in your state, register online, or download an application and fax or mail it to the company, with proof you are eligible. Policy rules vary, depending on the phone provider, and the state you live in. You will receive a cell phone, 250 minutes or more, text messaging, call waiting, voice mail, long distance, and charger.

Update:  Because of issues of fraud, you are now required to provide proof of income or enrollment in a government assistance program. To prove eligibility, provide one  of the following documents when applying:

  1. A current Federal Tax Return (W-2 Forms)
  2. A letter from Unemployment/Workman’s Compensation
  3. A payroll statement or current check stubs from your job
  4. A Statement from the following: Department of Social Services or SNAPS, Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Benefits.


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28 thoughts on “Free Government Cell Phones

  1. Lisa McGraw

    II am on disability & can not affotd to Payne Att forbcell service anymore. I checked with Assurance but my income is over there limit by $100. I have major medical problems with clinical depression & I can not drive plus I live alone. I need a phone badly please!

    Thank you!

    In Christ,
    lisa McGraw

    1. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

      Lisa, unfortunately you do not qualify for the Lifeline free phone program. Even if you made $1 over, you would not qualify. There are many prepaid plans that you may want to consider. Many of the same companies that offer free phones, have affordable pay-as-you-go phone plans. Good Luck!

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