Lifeline Cell Phone Providers & States

By | April 16, 2019
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Free Government Cell Phone Providers | Free Government Phones.  Here is a list of cell phone companies, providing wireless cell phones, minutes and government smartphones.  See an overview of providers and the states they cover.  If your low income, you may qualify for 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.



How do I Find aFree Cell Phone Provider in My State?

To find providers in your state go to the Lifeline program website and click on the topic ‘companies near me”.  Enter your Zip Code or city and state.  Next go the provider in your state, register online, or download an application and fax or mail. You must submit proof income and identity.  

Free Cell Phone Providers  In Your State

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 needs for 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.



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 WirelessSafelink 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)

Deactived Provider Companies

The free government phone business is not for the faint of heart.  There are many companies that were once a part of the Lifeline program that has dropped out as providers.
Blue Jay Wireless – is now Stand-Up wireless.  Contact Stand-Up for more information about this provider.

Budget Mobile – This Lifeline cell phone provider offers cell phone plans in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Utah, Texas, West Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. They are working on certification for other states.

ReachOut Wireless – ReachOut Wireless currently offers the LifeLine service in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Cricket Wireless is Offering Lifeline Discounts to New Customers Joining the Cricket Family –  You can now get Cricket Wireless discount services,  through the Lifeline Assistance Program.  Cricket is one of the companies enrolled in the  FCC mandated government…

Answers to questions reader are asking about the free government phone program – This FAQ Free Government Cell Phones section will help to answer questions most of our readers ask.  These frequently asked questions, outlined, for you.


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  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.

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