Free Government Phone Service
If you are currently participating in a government assistance program such as Section 8 housing, Medicaid, or SNAP, you probably qualify for the benefit. However, the free cell phone handset, or free activation of home phone, is subsidized by the Link-up program. Link-up is the government program intended to pay part of the cost of activation of phone service and is a one-time benefit. If you have received Link-up benefits already, either for home phone service or cell phone service, you are no longer entitled to it.
The total amount of minutes you receive varies by state. Most states receive between 68 and 500 min. / month. Check the number of minutes for your state by clicking on the "Cell Phones" tab above then select your state.
Yes. If you run out of minutes before your minutes replenish, you may purchase more minutes at our low rates. In Louisiana and Arkansas, any unused minutes you purchased will roll over to the following month, depending on the plan you choose. Other states do not carry over.
Yes, voicemail is included in most of the Lifeline plans.
Yes. Text messaging is available. A text that is sent or received is charged against your total minutes available at a rate determined by your plan. The exception is the Oklahoma Unlimited plan which does not include texting.
Your service order will be checked and processed into our system within one business day. A cell phone handset will be assigned and set up with a new number for you. It will then be shipped to you at the mailing address you provided. The handset will then arrive to you within 7 days. To check on the status of your account you can call customer service.
Order your free cell phone service now. You could be using your free government cell phone within one week.
No contract, no credit check, no deposit. You won't even receive a bill!
Your free government cell phone includes voicemail, texting, local and long distance calling and 911 service.