Did you know Lifeline Assistance programs give out free government cell phones, and more? If you have fallen on hard times, and are in need of cell phone service, use this list below of free cell phones for low-income families that includes free talk and text. These cell phones are 100% free with free talk and text. This list has government supported programs that provide a free cell phone and minutes each month for anyone who is income eligible. Eligible persons must meet certain eligibility requirements rules by each State that the service is provided. Requirements are based on Federal support programs or by Income Poverty Guidelines.
The basic service for a government supported cell phone usually works like this. Once you have applied and are approved you may receive a free basic cell phone along with 250 free minutes each month plus texts. Some programs may have unlimited talk, and text. Additionally, you may get free voicemail, caller ID and call waiting. These service plans will also let you purchase additional low-cost minutes.
If your household already receives Lifeline assistance for another phone than you can’t receive a Lifeline cell phone without canceling the other phone. A household is not permitted to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple companies. Violation of the “One Lifeline Phone Per Household Rule” may result in your Lifeline service being terminated, and you could be prosecuted. You also have to recertify each to show you are still qualified for this program.
Free Government Cell Phones Along With Free Talk & Text
Don’t forget some programs below may not be available in your state. Usually all it takes is adding your zip code to find out once you have click a program below to learn more. (This list is always updated, and more programs added as I find them.)
- Assurance Wireless
- Access Wireless
- American Assistance
- Budget Mobile
- BlueJay Wirless
- EnTouch Wireless
- FeelSafe Wireless
- Life Wireless
- NewPhone Wireless
- QLink Wireless
- ReachOut Wireless
- SafeLink Wireless
- SafetyNet Wireless
- StandUp Wireless
- Tag Mobile
- Total Call Mobile
- Your Tel Wireless
Cell Phones You Purchase That Come With Free Talk, Text and Data (Anyone can purchase). Not government supported but offer free talk, text, and data. For these companies, you would have to purchase the phone and then get the free plan. Read more about them below.
- Scratch Wireless offers a $99 amazing smartphone I personally own! (you can read my Scratch Wireless review here and see what the phone looks like too). The catch is that voice, data and texting are always FREE while connected to a WiFi network. However texting is always 100% free whether you are connected to a wireless network or not. This is wonderful because it seems no matter where you go there is free WiFi to use. But if you feel you need to purchase talk time because your not picking up any free WiFi, well there are pay as you go plans that start at $1.99. Scratch Wireless is the best one under this section.
- FreedomPop offers top brand smartphones at different prices that you purchase with an almost free plan. For $4.99 a month you get local phone number, access 10 million hotspots nationwide that make you able to get unlimited talk, text, and WiFi just under $5 a month!
Disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with the Lifeline service or the wireless carries listed above. I am only sharing this information collected to help people in need looking for free, and cheaper cell phone service.
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