How do I get my free government phone?

Assurance Wireless, Safelink Wireless, ReachOut Wireless and others:
These big cell phone providers and others can get you a phone.

Many people say that free government cell phones is one of the most successful government programs ever. So it’s not surprising that so many people are signing up all across the country. Eight million already in 2011. Those are eight million people who now have a phone to help them find work, to keep in contact with their families, and to have for all the various things that require communications these days.

There are several regional and national companies that are approved in each state who specialize in providing you with these free phones, compliments of the government’s Lifeline Assistance program. The vast majority of phones are given out by the three leading providers: Assurance Wireless, Safelink Wireless and ReachOut Wireless. Your state will have at least of of these companies ready to help you, and likely two or all three. In addition, there are some smaller companies active in some of the states.

Step One: The first thing to do is find out who provides the phones in your state, and what the specific eligibility is. To find out, go to our Free Government Phones by State. Each page will list the vendors currently able to provide you with the cell phone and service. And, it will list the eligibility requirements your state has mandated.

Step Two: Find out more about each of the participating companies by clicking on the links you’ll find on your state page. On each of these resulting provider pages, you’ll find contact information for the company. Go to each provider’s website and take a look at the phones and programs they have to offer. Or give them a call and talk to them. The phones should be relatively similar in function, and with the same number of free minutes per month. But plans do vary, and some smaller vendors only offer 68 minutes instead of 250 minutes per month. And even the large companies may have several plans to choose from. So do your homework.

Step Three: Once you’ve determined which company seems right for you, you’ll fill out a form and if everything checks out they will send you your new mobile phone. Here’s a tip: if you qualify under both the program-based method or the income-based method, apply under program-based. The process will be easier as you would have to prove your income, but you don’t have to offer proof of program participation.

Now CLICK HERE to check how it works in your state.