What About Free Cell Phones for Seniors?

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We see that a lot of people end up on our site after searching for “free phones for seniors.” While the Lifeline Assistance program that our website is primarily devoted to does not offer age or being a social security recipient as a qualification, they’ve still come to the right place.

If you call any of the providers and ask if there is a special program for senior citizens, they’ll tell you no. They can’t discount a free cell phone below zero, and they don’t offer more minutes or features if you show your AARP card. (By the way, there’s no AARP cell phone that free, although the AARP .)

We’re not sure how the concept of free cell phones for seniors got its start. Perhaps it was due to local programs in counties and cities that hand out second-hand cell phones with no minutes, but are still 911-operable for emergencies. Any phone with a charge will be able to dial 911, even with no service, so some organizations collect old phones and give them away to seniors.

A recent story, 3,000,000 Middle Class Americans to be Eligible for Free Government Cell Phones, may have also contributed to the rumor. Thanks to a little-noticed clause in the nation’s new healthcare law, up to three million middle-class early retirees will qualify for free cell phones under the Lifeline phone service program.

Regardless, whatever your age, senior citizen or not, the qualifications for a free government cell phone (and up to 250 minutes airtime a month) are the same. Qualify either by your low-income status or current participation in another public assistance program like food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, public housing and others.

If you’re looking for the “AARP freecell”, that’s an online game not a phone.



  1. kathy Robinson 62 and disabled in co.earthchoices@gmail.com says

    Some companies lime Cox..Comcast..Frontier..Charter letlow income elders and children have internet for 9.95 a month with free equipment. So how about Colorado?

  2. Charles Toney says

    I wanted to share my experience regarding my cell phone and service through Verizon pay as you go program. I’ve had a prepaid phone for four years and paid $10 dollars monthly until last year when it was time to renew my service by paying $120 for the year. I asked the representative if they had a better program since I only used about 10 minutes over the past years and she sold me a program that if I paid $100 dollars it would cover me for two years, a good deal. This year when I call to renew they told me that I had over a $340 credit and that they could renew with a $5 per month charge. I decided that I just didn’t need the phone and really only needed it for emergencies. I would still like to have a no cost phone that I could use for emergencies. I read that you can dial 911 on any phone even if you where not signed up with a company like Verizon. IS THAT TRUE?

  3. Jerry Ervin says

    I will be 75 in March 2015. Cell phones are hard for me to afford on my soc/sec check. Would like to know if I could eligible for the free goverment phones?

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Go to the page or your stat on this site and you will see the eligibility information for your state.

      • Audrey Spicer says

        I am 87 yrs. old. it is hard to get a goodd
        for the cost and im on medicare. is it possible I coul get a free good phone. I got a paper

        to to fill out butduring moving it got lost.



  4. Leo Marcum says

    I AM AN 85 old retired man my SS pension is $1,242.00 monthly
    I also receive service connected (purple heart)disabiliy of $577.54 monthly
    I also receive from a co. where I worked 30 yrs in the amount of $609.81 monthly
    Question is DO I QUALIFY FOR FREE PHONE? my zip 43113 THANKS

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Depends upon how many members are in your household. Your zip code is from Ohio and you can go to our Free Phones in Ohio page to see the table that outlines the eligibility requirements.

      Thank you for your military service.

  5. marilyn says

    LOOK OUT and do your homework on ANY cellphone you sigh up for advertised by AARP.
    MY 90- yr old father got took big time …he WAS CHARGED $ 65 FOR A PHONE ,PLUS, a monthly charge PLUS PAYING FOR MINUTES .
    I could have bought the same pay as you go phone for $15..



    AARP says , sorry, they only advertise and have no responsibility…

  6. Arlene Cummings says

    I have had different cell phones like sprint, and pay as you go phones ever sinence I had a cell phone.

  7. c. johnson says

    A senior friend has moved into an apt. where the person before him had a safelink phone. This person that lived there before my friend did not change his address with safe link when he moved. Now when the friend of mine trys to get safe link phone he is refused because….( Some one at this Address has a phone with Safe Link) How does he get this other person OFF of his address with Safe Link and get the phone he NEEDS. He has tried to call safe link but gets no results. He lives alone and needs a phone. Please advise how to get the other person off of his address with safe link. He knows the mans name that lived at his address. He has advised the man who lived at the apt to call safe link and change his( the man who lived at the apt. before him) address. He has not done so. please help. thank you

    • Lisa says

      Maybe your friend can get a letter from his landlord/property manager on their business stationery stating that he is the sole legal and rent paying tenant of that apartment. It could state that there is no other person – including the prior tenent and specifically listing his name – living at at that address. Then send that to Safe Link along with photocopies of a couple of pieces of mail your friend received – maybe the top portion of bills with all of the account info blacked out.

  8. Majeed Aldamah says

    I got free TAG mobile before a couple month from Denver Human Service. but this mobile is complicated and its buttons are two small for senior people like me in addition of dead battery I call company on their
    phone No.866-959-4918 that stick on the mobile that I got to change or replace with another type . They
    promise me they send to me another type and I send them the old one, but till now (more than a month they didn’t any thing. So why this company did that?

    Majeed Aldamah

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