Budget Mobile Free Cell Phones

Budget Mobile will give you a phone and 250 minutes each month. Options for more minutes. California gets 1000 minutes and unlimited texts!

<< All Free Cell Phone Providers

Budget Mobile offers government-subsidized cell phones through the FCC’s Lifeline phone service program. They serve needy people in many states. The Budget Mobile phone program is available now in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Utah, Texas, West Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. They are working on certification for other states.

Budget Mobile is offering free phones and up to 250 free minutes of airtime each month (varies by state) to qualifying US residents. If you qualify under the Lifeline Assistance program guidelines. Unlike other major Lifeline phone suppliers you do not get text messaging unless you pay to get a better plan. You can re-certify after a year if you are still eligible for the phone.

Here are the various plans:

All states but California:

Free: 250 minutes and 250 texts
$5/month: 350 minutes and 1,000 texts
$10/month: 500 minutes and 5,000 texts
$20/month: 1,000 minutes and 4,000 texts
$30/month: 2,000 minutes and 6,000 texts

California Plan:

Free: 1,000 minutes and unlimited texts.
$17.60/month: Unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.

If you’re not in California, you’re probably not to happy about your usage limits. But California gets more because both the Federal government and the state of California kick in with the subsidies.

Do you qualify?

Are you eligible for a new Budget Mobile phone? Guidelines vary by state but these are the general guidelines:

  1. Low income Home Energy Assistance Program
  2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  3. Federal Housing Assistance Section 8
  4. Food Stamps
  5. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  6. Medicaid
  7. National School Lunch
  8. SNAP
  9. You may also qualify if your total household income meets government guidelines in your state.

There’s no contract to sign. Just submit your application online or by traditional methods.

Here’s a look at all the features you can get with a free Budget Mobile cell phone:

  1. Free popular features such as Caller Id, Call Waiting and Voicemail.
  2. National long distance.
  3. Caller ID
  4. Call Waiting
  5. Voicemail

Be sure to compare budget mobile with other options in your state

Budget Mobile is just one of the many Lifeline Cell Phone providers in your state. Some states have over a dozen cell phone providers to choose from. Plans and phone choices often vary substantially between providers and you owe it to yourself to look at them all. To begin your comparison shopping, please go to our States page and click on your state.

Contact Budget Mobile

Budget Mobile
1325 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, LA 71111
Toll Free: (888) 777-4007
Website: www.budgetmobile.com

Please note: there are almost a dozen other companies that participate in the free cell phone program. You should take a look at all free cell phone providers before making a decision.

Latest News on Budget Mobile:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Gloria Arellano says

    I wanted to ask f someone buys u a smart phone can we transfer services and keep everthing we have on our pho.es or do u have phones for sale

  2. Douglas Westen says

    I received a phone in the mail with phone number 323 252 ****. Yesterday I received a letter from California LifeLine Program that I did not send it the proper paper work and therefore I have been disqualified
    (002-007-****). If this is the case, why did I receive the phone and how and where do I return it?
    I emailed with an attachment from Disability Insurance stating my monthly amount and the dates that I receive these amounts…..I am a bit confused and would like to know what I should do.
    Douglas Westen
    213 494 ****

  3. Azadeh says

    my mother has a budget phone. She was given a flip phone, it’s very old and too small for her vision. Am I allowed to go to the budget mobile and buy her a bigger size phone? Or she is only supposed to use the phone she was provided with?
    Thank you

  4. ryan says

    I have two questions. First, what kind or kinds of phones are these? Make and model? Second question, if I qualify and everything goes smoothly, how long after I send in the application until I receive the phone in the mail? Not sure if it matters but i reside in California. Thank you

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      The phones are whatever they have purchased at the time. There are no choices. We can’t tell you how long it takes to get the phone, each company is different.

  5. james knowles says

    When i make calls my number shows up on caller ID as 626 240-****. When people call that number, they get someone answering ti Lomita.Help.

  6. Chris C says

    Hello I sign folks up for these phone through budget for the state of Colorado , just wanted to let you guys know that we do 250 talk and 250 text now. I have several spots around Denver if people need to know where to sign up

  7. michael gloudemans says

    I have disconnected with budget on July 9, 2014 & I am trying to go with assurance. My old number is 317-498-****. My social security number is ***-**-**** Assurance wireless said’s they need a conformation number from budget in order for me to go with Assurance. It show ‘s on there records that I still have Budget. Please, e-mail me a conformation number so I can get this straighten out. I can’t get through when I call your customer service at 888-777-**** Please, call me for any questions at 317-589-****

    Thank you
    Michael Gloudemans

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      We are not Budget or Assurance, or any phone company, so unfortunately we cannot help you. But please, we urge you to not post your phone numbers and especially your social security number in open forums online — anywhere.

  8. marcus says

    my name is marcus, my phone has had problems with the voice and sound,i have california life line, so i stop[ to see the reppresenitive who hangs out on a table and laptop at the human resourse asking people to get an obama phone, well i stop to tell him ,,can i get another phone? and told him my problem,he siad ,,hay no problem, you sure can get another phone,, so this was last week i been waiting on a phone that should work better ok.. well to my surprise i get a letter that i had requested to be switched fromcalifornia life line to budget mobile??? i never requested this change they shut my service and i dont know whats going on??? customer service please take me off budget mobil i never asked for that ..i have californialifeline..thank you sorry for the trouble, hope there isnt an emergincie because i have noway of calling 911…….

  9. Jennifer Sikora says

    i have a free cell phone from buget but i lose my phone how can i get a new one please email me to let me know at ****@yahoo.com to tell me how i an get a new phone thanks

  10. Tina Eddings says

    I just gotten this buget phone a couple of weeks ago and i want ,,,, to use it but i can’t connect what should , i do i need a phone real bad because i’m thu the goverment program and i do have medical-cal and i need a phone to connect people and i’m on a program with the county of los angeles .And if i need to be contact i can’t so what should i do . I have been calling the phone but there no answers i’m very confuse…

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      What do you mean, “if you have medical?” But, only the eligibility requirements we’ve listed qualify.

  11. Erika Boles says

    Hi my name is Erika Boles. I want to know what kind of cell phone do you all have can the phone receive text and also can it receive picture. And daily inspirational texts.

  12. Cheryl Townsend says

    I need to find a free cell program that includes a free phone. I qualify for free service, but I do not have a cell phone. Are there programs that include a phone?

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Please read the page above. We are not the phone service, we tell you where to get the phone.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Call your cell phone provider and ask them. If they won’t contact a different company in your state (click our States menu link)

  13. Travis Keith says

    I recently got approved for a free lifeline phone thru another distributor,since receiving phone been having some problems with them. I heard something aboht switching providers. Is that true, and what providers allow you to switch .

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You can always switch. We are looking into this, but I believe that if it’s within 60 days of a new contract, you must first contact your current company to de-enroll, and then contact a new company. If after the 60 days, you can go directly to the new company. But make a call to the company to be sure.

  14. Sophia says

    My phone was working , now it says initial programming needed what do I do and all I get is a busy signal I can’t make phone calls from the cell phone

  15. Brandie says

    I would like to know who to contact if I’m having an issue with a lifeline phone company (budget Mobile).

  16. Ramon Morales says

    I have a budget phone but, it has been disconnected and it needs up grading could you please contact me at cellphone ********* or thru my email.

    Thank you,