Free Government Cell Phone Providers List

By | December 12, 2017

Free Government Cell Phone Providers List | Free Government Phones.   Here is a list of cellular phone providers, for government cell phones.  See an overview of providers and the states they cover.  If you have heard about the government-subsidized phone program, find out if you qualify and apply for a government funded phone.

Looking for a list of free government phone providers?  We provide a list of cell phone providers, to help you find the best provider for you.  If you qualify, you may be eligible to receive mobile services each month, without cost.  

On our list, you will find large cellular companies, as well as smaller regional providers; and they all participate in the program.   Most states offer these or similar services.  However, there are a few states that charge a small fee or tax to participate in the program.

Free Cell Phone Providers List

Find providers that operate in your state, register online, or download an application and fax or mail it to the company, along with proof you are eligible.  You can submit, payroll stubs, W-2 forms, or a letter from the government agency that is helping you. Policy rules vary, depending on the cell phone providers and the state you live in.

Free cell phone plans are available to low-income consumers who qualify for this benefit program.  The free cell phone program provides phones from providers like Safelink WirelessQlink Wireless, and Assurance Wireless,    

 The government’s Lifeline Assistance Program gives free cell phones and monthly service to those living in the U.S. and in need of financial help.   The Lifeline is a federal government-mandate program that helps low-income consumers with free phone service.  Free government cell phone companies in the U.S.  help low-income families stay connected.

Keep reading to see how easy it is to apply and qualify for a cell phone, and even Smartphone and data depending on the provider.  Lifeline is the FCC’s program that helps low-income individuals and families with affordable landline and cell phone service.

Lifeline Cell Phone Providers

The Federal Communications Commission or FCC is funded by the taxes paid on all telephone bills (Universal Service Fund).  The program began as a way to assist the very poor and rural communities with affordable phone service.  Today it provides affordable phone service nationwide and includes cell phones and broadband service.

Since this is a federally-mandated program began there have been many changes. The cell phone program began with providing 67 minutes a month of free phone service, then grew to 250 minutes of talk and text and even up to 1,000 free talk and text minutes with data.

Free Government Cell Phones Companies  

Some of the top government cell phone companies are SafelinkWirelesss, Qlink Wireless,  Access, Budget, Assist and many more.   Every provider gives a free phone.  Many companies now give free Smartphone unlimited talk and text and free Data.

Find out how to:

  • Apply and Qualify
  • Add extra Minutes
  • Locate authorized companies
  • Receive up to 1000 minutes Monthly
  • Upgrade your Services, and more!

Discount Internet

Lifeline also now offers a discount on broadband services as well. (see discount Internet services). Unbelievable as it may seem, many families still do not have computers or the Internet.  Thirty-four percent of that seeking employment in the U.S. believe the Internet is a necessary tool when looking for work. Forty-eight percent of Americans make under $25,000 a year and don’t have the Internet.  There is no getting around it access to broadband is a necessary resource for everyone.

Today many families participate in Lifeline program and receive cellular phone service courtesy of the U.S. government.   If you receive free government cell phones and service you may qualify for a free cell phone plan.  If you are working, check US Poverty Guideline to see if you are eligible.  These benefits are available to anyone who qualifies financially.   

 Rules and Regulations for Lifeline Assistance

  • You must provide proof of financial eligibility.
  • Only one household at a time can participate in the program.
  • Participants must live in areas where government companies operate
  • Enrollees must recertify eligibility every year or lose your service
  • You must also inform you provider within 30 days of any change in income or address

Free Government Cell Phone Companies

You can find government cell phone companies in every state and US  Territory.  Qualification varies slightly from state to state, but financial eligibility is pretty standard throughout the U.S.   You must receive assistance from federal programs such as, WIC,  (Food Stamps) Medicaid, Section 8 or SSI.  You also qualify if your income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Find out if you are eligible here.

You also qualify if you receive help from

  • Head Start
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Food Distribution Program located on Indian Reservations

How to find Free Cellular Phone Service

There are free providers in every state, but every provider is not in every state.  Check out our providers listing to find a  cell phone provider near you.  Find a phone company in your state, that offers free cell phone plans.  You can register online, or download an application and fax or email it to the company, with proof you are eligible.

Policy rules vary, depending on the phone provider, and the state you live in.  But all will provide you with a cell phone, free minutes or more, text messaging, call waiting, voice mail, long distance, and a charger.

UPDATE:  Because of issues of fraud, you are now required to provide proof of income or enrollment in an 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
  3. Workman’s Compensation letter
  4. A payroll statement or current check stubs from your job
  5. A Statement from the following: Department of Social Services or SNAPS, Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Benefits.

Find out what cellular phone service and other programs, are available to help you during this difficult financial season.

Access:   Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

American Assistance:  Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

Assist:  Serves residents of, Arkansas, Maryland, and Oklahoma.

Assurance  31 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Blue Jay Wireless: Arizona, Colorado,  Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Utah.

Budget MobileServes residents of, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin.

Care (Platinum Tell Wireless) Serves residents of, Illinois.

CintexServes residents of, Arkansas Maine, Maryland, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

Easy Wireless – If you live in Oklahoma, Kentucky, or Missouri, you can contact Easy Wireless for your Lifeline cell phone.

enTouch Wireless:   Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

FeelSafe Wireless – the brand name of the free government cell phone program offered by Air Voice Wireless. The service is available in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Life Wireless Serves residents of, Arkansas,  Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, W. Virginia, Georgia,  Missouri, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico.

QLink Texas, Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia and Nevada, and plans to offer services in 47 states in the coming months.

ReachOut Wireless:  Covers 44 U.S. states

Safelink Wireless Safelink Wireless is a brand of Tracfone. This is the largest, oldest and best known of the companies that offer free government cell phones. They have millions of customers in: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

SafetyNet Wireless – SafetyNet is now available in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Sprocket Wireless – serves only a few relatively rural areas of Oklahoma.

StandUp:   Serves residents of, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, and Missouri.

TMobile:   No longer offering Lifeline phone discounts

Tag Mobile:  Serves residents of, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and West Virginia.

TerraCom Serves residents of, residents of, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa Oklahoma, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, and W. Virginia.

TruConnect (formerly known as Telscape and Surelink) – This provider currently offers free government cell phones in California, Texas, Nevada, Kansas, Missouri, and Kentucky.

True Wireless For residents of  Arkansas, Maryland, Rhode Island and Texas.

T-Mobile – Serves Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

Total Call Mobile (Has joined Entouch)– Serves Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

U.S. Cellular – Serves Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Verizon Wireless:  Iowa, New York, North Dakota, or Wisconsin

Yourtel:   Serves residents of, Kansas, Illinois. Missouri, Oklahoma, Washington, and Rhode Island.

Wireless for Hope:  Serves residents of, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The list of cell phone providers working with Lifeline Assistance is growing all the time.  If you can’t find a cellular company in your state, don’t worry; a Lifeline phone company coming near your soon.  Come back again, we will be constantly updating this information.

Now that you have seen the list of authorized mobile phone companies, check out the eligibility requirements for Lifeline help!     (Lifeline Consumer Guide)

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18 thoughts on “Free Government Cell Phone Providers List

  1. Rhonda R.

    I am with Assurance Wireless and reported my phone stolen. They took my info and I had a new phone 5 days later….

  2. Priscilla Miller

    Someone stole my phone and I have been trying to get another one to replace it and I haven’t gotten anywhere. Please help!

    1. Levarn Cavers Jr

      Priscilla Milla
      Unfortunately this also happened to me. I had to phone my service provider, Truconnect, to report a lost phone, if you say your phone was stolen you have to provide a police report and it takes longer, then I had to wait 30 days before I could order a new phone.
      Some service providers only have a waiting period of 7-14 days.

  3. Pauline Shoop

    I lost my Access wireless phone or it was stolen. My name Ericka Harley. My no.. is 518-376-2172. I would like my account canceled. Please respond to this email or 814-247-5073. Thank you.?

  4. brenda ford

    my phone messed up my address is 16730 hwy 11 wildwood ga 30757

  5. Chong Hao su

    I was safe link customer two months ago. Safe link stops its service for 2 months. My saflink is 3123754299. I called them for many times It said I have other free phone. I told I already refused service of 18665943644 . My Access no is 7089554002 Access company does not give me phone time for two months. thus the safer link should restore the service. safelink still refuses to give any minute to me. Thus I do not receive any phone company service for two months. I need your assistant to select other free phone company. Please do me favor to reply me as soon as possible. [email protected]

    1. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

      Hello Chong, Somewhere there is a mix up. contact Access Wireless and make sure they have de-enroll you from their program. Ask them to send you a letter confirming that you no longer have service with them. Then check with contact Safelink Wireless, or try to sign up online again.

  6. Tommy Wyatt


    1. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

      Tommy, sorry to hear about your recent troubles. I hope things get better for you. Please contact Safelink, they can locate you under your name and social security or address at the time you lost your phone.

  7. Mark bonds

    I don’t know how to reset my password to my voicemail

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