Free Government Cell Phone Service From Lifeline

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The government program known as Lifeline provides free government cell phones with 250 free minutes each month for those people receiving government assistance or with lower incomes.

It’s already estimated that close to 12 million people participate in the program and millions more are eligible.  With the economy sputtering and a shortage of jobs available, Lifeline is providing a key service for those that normally wouldn’t have access to a cell phone.

A cell phone is crucial in emergency situations, staying connected with doctors, emergency services, family, and even potential employers.


You may qualify if you receive assistance from programs such as:

-Public Housing Assistance

 -Food Stamps (SNAP)


 -Section 8 Housing

 -Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

 -Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

 -National Free School Lunch

Eligibility may vary by state depending on which programs you are on.  You may also qualify based on income.  If your household makes less than 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, you qualify for a free phone.

For more information on qualifying for a free cell phone from the government’s Lifeline program and your states federal poverty guidelines, visit our Lifeline Qualifications Page.

How do I get a Free Phone?

How do you get your free cell phone and free minutes each month?  Receiving your free government cell phone is simple, just sign up with a government approved Lifeline provider.

After you are approved, you will receive your free government cell phone in the mail and free minutes each month. You will have to verify that you still qualify every year.

Click here to learn how to sign up for a free cell phone.

What Does Lifeline Provide

When you sign up for Lifeline you will receive a free cell phone and 250 free minutes each month.

All Lifeline phones offer the current-generation cell phone features including texting, voice mail, call waiting, and more.  You can also purchase additional minutes, phone upgrades, and international calling. 

Get Started

The Lifeline service has helped millions of people stay connected, but millions more are still eligible.

Do you qualify for a free government cell phone? Click here to get started with your free government cell phone