Four significant companies recently announced that they are pulling out of Lifeline Assistance, the free government cell phone program – i-wireless (Cincinnati Bell), Cricket Wireless (AT&T), AllTel Wireless, and Capital Communications
Cincinnati Bell Wireless, which had offered free government cell phones under the i-wireless brand, stopped offering Lifeline Assistance service effective July 1, 2014.
Cricket Wireless, an AT&T brand that served nearly 700,000 Lifeline customers, is phasing out the program. The company will continue supporting its existing Lifeline customers for the next 18 months or so, but it will not sign up any new Lifeline customers.
Capital Communications, which serves Lifeline Assistance customers in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and South Carolina, discontinued the free government cell phone program back in late 2013.
And finally, AllTel Wireless, which served customers in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina, has also pulled out of the Lifeline Assistance program.
The words “disturbing trend” seem to be the only appropriate way to describe this troubling situation. We don’t know why these companies are dropping out of the Lifeline program, and we don’t know how many others may drop out in the future. But we do know that they abandoning hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) of low income Americans who desperately need their free government cell phones. Where will those people turn?
Cell phones are a critical need in today’s wireless world and hundreds of thousands of needy Americans run the risk of being stranded without their free government cell phones. They’ll have no way to apply for jobs and communicate with potential employers. They’ll have no means of keeping in touch with friends, children and parents. They’ll have no vehicle with which to contact medical professionals. And they’ll even be left with no way to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
Don’t despair. There is a place to find the help you need: FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net.
How to find an a new Lifeline provider
If your cell phone provider drops out of the Lifeline business and leaves you without a cell phone provider, FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net can help.
You can find a detailed, state-by-state list of every free government cell phone provider on our Free Phones by State page.
Just click on your state and you’ll find a list of every Lifeline Assistance provider in your state. Some of those companies offer free government cell phones and others offer substantial discounts that help make a cell phone far more affordable. We recommend clicking around so you can check out every provider’s program. Some offer more extra free minutes and texts; some offer free bonus services like caller ID, voicemail and 3-way calling; and you may even find special limited-time bonus offers.
For example, if you were an i-wireless customer, you can choose between the following free government cell phone companies in Ohio: Access Wireless, American Assistance, Assurance Wireless, Budget Mobile, EnTouch Wireless, Life Wireless, nTelos Wireless, Q Link Wireless, Reachout Wireless, Safelink Wireless, Standup Wireless, and Total Call Mobile.
We also provide a complete list of Lifeline Discount companies in each state and we recommend checking out these options, too.
We can hear you asking, “Why would I want a discounted plan if I can get a free plan?” and we have the answers.
Not all free government cell phone plans are available statewide. So you may live in an area that is only served by a discount company. On top of that, a Lifeline Discount may offer better phones, better plans, or better coverage. You never know which plan is best for you until you check out what every company has to offer. In other words, “free” is always cheaper than “discounted”, but it’s not always better.
For example, if you were an i-wireless customer and you want to go with a Lifeline Discount companies, you can check out the various plans offered by T-Mobile. It’s the only company offering Lifeline Discounts in Ohio, but there’s a much longer list of providers in most states.
The free government cell phone plan forever
The simple fact is, nothing is forever. The company you rely on for your free government cell phone could drop out of the program tomorrow, but FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net will be here to help you find another company. Maybe even a better company.
That’s why we constantly scour the news, the latest bulletins from the Federal Communications Commission, and every press release issued by every free government cell phone company. We’re always searching for new deals, better deals, and changes to every program.
If there’s a way for you to save money on something as critical as wireless communications, you’ll find it here at FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net, the leading voice in the free government cell phone industry.