Free Government Cell Phone Providers & Free Phones

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Free Government Cell Phone Providers | Free Government Phones.   Here is a list of cellular phone providers, providing free cell phones, minutes and some free government smartphones. 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.  Are you Looking for a list of free government cell phone providers? 

We provide a listing of free 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 your state.  Free government cell phone providers offer cell phone plans 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 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.

Free Cell Phone Providers & States

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. Safelink 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 free government 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 is coming near you soon.  Come back again; we will always be updating this information.

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

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18 thoughts on “Free Government Cell Phone Providers & Free Phones

  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. 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. 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!

  4. 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.?

  5. brenda ford

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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]

  8. 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.

  9. Tommy Wyatt


  10. Mark bonds

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

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