Budget Mobile Free Phones in 35 States

California gets UNLIMITED minutes and UNLIMITED texts.
Oklahoma gets UNLIMITED minutes and UNLIMITED texts and 500MB data.
Those in other states will receive a free phone and 250 minutes each month. Options for more minutes.

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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, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, 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. You can re-certify after a year if you are still eligible for the phone.

UNLIMITED IN CALIFORNIA AND OKLAHOMA: Those in California and Oklahoma get a special deal. Budget Mobile now offers unlimited talk time and unlimited texting in their California and Oklahoma Lifeline programs. That’s an incredible deal. The Oklahoma plan is actually even better than California’s as you will receive 500MB of data too.

Here are the various plans:

All states but California and Oklahoma:

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: 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.

Oklahoma Plan:

Free: Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts AND 500MB of data.

Similar to what they do in California, but you also get 500MB of data usage each and every month.

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
[email protected]
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.

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  1. esteban says

    Is there anyway of seeing my call history I lost my cell and had very important #’s on it and need them. So is there anyway of looking up my call history online?

  2. Kayce Partain says

    My budget government phone I got has been cut off I need to know why and what I can do to get it back on again or obtain another phone with new number please contact me I also called the number here and left my numbers on voice mail thanks

  3. Alice says

    I would like to know if someone living with you that have a hearing problems would they be entitled to get a free life line phone if the other person has a life line phone?

  4. janisha weeks says

    I have no idea what phone i am getting. But also i dont know my last four digits of my social security. So how do i see what phone im getting.

  5. Nikkie says

    I was wondering if you know where there is a Budget set up here in Ponca City OK 74601 I am needing a free phone please……Thanks

  6. Geraldine garcia says

    I have signed up for a free government phone but you people have never send me the phone I did not received it at all could you check what address did you send the phone to it’s been already 5 months since I have signed up and I had never received my phone my name is geraldine garcia

  7. Nikkie says

    My question is I live in Ponca City and it is easier for me to to to the store or a booth to get a phone 8 2as wondering if you know it here is a booth set up here in Ponca city Ok

  8. Sandra Dickens says

    This is the worse service ever, they sent me a phone full of ants, they were crawling all over the outside and inside of the box and also crawling out of the phone, needless to say the phone does not work, I was told I would receive a replacement phone in 7 to 10 days and I called and they said it still had not been shipped. The government should shut this company down on their program, they are not providing services the government programs think they are. NASTY!!!

  9. John j. romeo says

    My name is John Romeo I applied for a free government phone I was sent one I made one phone call in August I don’t understand why the phone will not let me call out or text it states that I need to purchase a PIN number and Phone time can you please help me resolve this problem you can leave me a message at the above AOL address thank you John Romeo

  10. shelly phillips says

    Today is the 9th of september and my minutes or texts didnt refill and it says its suppose to refresh on the 9th ive called 611 and dont have the option to talk to anyone please help thanks

  11. Guillermo says

    Hello, My wife returned back her free cellphone that you provided to her., never waste even 1 (one) second on it., we returned back to your address as follow:Budget Mobile 1325 Barksdale Blvd. Bossier City, LA 71111
    and it was certified via USPS., You guys signed that slip and was release to your company at the above address back on August 19th. 2015
    How can we go by Cancelling this service as Phone was returned as never use at all and Now One answers the phone line provide above?

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  13. harold royse says

    yes im from oklahoma and i like that 500 mb of data thats more than wat im getting now im qualified thru sonner care medicare disability watever u need ive got dart phone which i can drop anytime i would like for u to send me some info do u have a represenitive in muskogee oklahoma my zip is 74401 im going to call u monday and see wat i have to do i cant get enough data with these crooks here in oklahoma

  14. Unhappy ex-customer says

    I waited about a month to receive a dead phone, after signing up at a local store. Called the number for Budget, 2+ hours on hold the 1st time, then was told the phone was dead & I could discard it, and they’d send me a new phone in another 3 weeks. A month later, NO PHONE! Called to see what was going on. Then was told they hadn’t sent out a phone, but would in the next 10-14 working days(essentially another 3weeks!)
    I was sent another phone that doesn’t work, at least not in my area (despite the “sales guy” signing people up assuming me it would (I live in a rural area where apparently these cheap phones either can’t hit the tower due to cheap antennas, or they aren’t compatible with the local tower).
    Many calls later, being hung up on (or “disconnected” with no call-back & only AFTER explaining the issue, that no phone service for over 2 MONTHS!)
    I decided the hours on hold, the recording changing to “no one is available” after another 2+ hours on hold, no I’ve” service online as their recording states & a call-back from Canada on the one call they did return has me wondering if this company isn’t just a scam?
    I dunno, but has been a HUGE headache for myself & others I’ve spoken to.
    I’ve filed a complaint with the FCC & plan to file with the FTC & the Public Utilities Commission, and perhaps the AGs office.
    I’ve notified this company to cancel my contract, yet then I get an email asking for a phone number (that I’ve never had) and personal information?

    They cannot bring up my information from my email address on file?

    They’re asking for me to email them the last 4 digits of my SSA number too?

    Not too bright in the IT department either!

    WORST company “service” I have EVER dealt with in my entire life!

    Going to try another once this is resolved.

    Nearest “store” is 300+ miles from me! Why on God’s green earth would a company like this have someone signing up people that far away from the nearest storefront?

    Be VERY wary of this company at least!

    Makes me wonder if this “free phones” thing is just a scam?

    Something’s seriously wrong to have so many complaints on the web!

    Best to find a local mom & pop shop that provides these phones, and I discovered they do!

    These phones are garbage, worthless 2nds that don’t work!

    Not happy or amused!

  15. shelly anderson says

    this is more of a question than a comment. Im really disappointed in choosing BUDGET as the company to recieve my free gov. phone. Dont get me wrong, i do appreciate the fact that i get to have a phone but im not a child and the phone is not a toy, but i have recieved my replacement phone through the mail yesterday,,(it took 21/2 weeks to get it), and it might as well be a toy for my child would get more out of it than i have with my first, and now my second phone. here is my delima: when i go to plug in the charger that came with my motorolla flip phone it comes up saying, “unauthorized charger”!!! What the heck does that mean, I do know that it wont charge and anybody and everybody that I have asked about it scratches their heads as well. Now going on a third week without a phone i cant get in touch with anyone by dialing 611 cause i have a dead battery. i have been seeking employment and this might have really affected my security and my future. i would appreciate some insight to my delima, cause as far as i see it, you are waisting money and time.

  16. Echo Stiles says

    I am getting a thing that says message memory full and i dont understand why cuz neither my text message inbox or my voicemail box are not full please help

  17. Jeanette says

    I just recieved my phone from Budget and I can’t seem to be able download facebook and certain apps. Is there a reason for that?????

  18. evelyn arreola says

    I’ve had a budget mobile phone for about 2 months (In California) and all of a sudden it wont send any messages or let me call anyone. i don’t know what to do or whom to speak with the help me with this but i really need help.

  19. Roland Anthony Garza says

    Wow!! The employees within this company showed talent the day that I was able to cross paths with them 8/22/2015. There work conversation was great, great focus and they possessed an incredible talent to share the needed and requested information. Well aligned with the needs of the applicant and within guidelines of a non-profit/profit organization!

  20. steve gutowski says

    I would like to get a govt cell phone. I have medical. how do I get my copy of my card toyou. doing it by online is tough since I do not have access to a printer. if I have to send the copy thru regular mail I will, but how long will it take once you receive my copy will I receive my phone. thank you for your help.

  21. sharon mateo says

    Your company is the absolute WORSE company to get a hold of! I have been sent Two phones by your company now, the 1st phone kept dying on me and I tried replacing the battery and it still would not stay on, Now this 2nd phone you sent me is dying all the time it appears the battery is NO good BUT guess what? I cannot replace the battery! I call your number but there is NO option to speak to a representative about replacing the phone, your number just keeps hanging up on me so your company cannot be accessed by phone, I NEEd a REPLACEMENT phone again because the one you sent me has a bad battery! I am ALSO spending a complaint to the CPUC concerning the phone number you have and how it is IMPOSSIBLE to reach your company! And How you keep sending out defective phones! I would like someone to call me back concerning this issue I NEEd a replacement phone or I am going o go with a different company!

  22. Natercia luz says

    Hi we’re a family off 4 I’m 32 yrs old been with my hubby 16 yrs have two boys 13 yrs old the other 4 and autistic and my husband got fired to hire 2 worker at a lower rat ridiculous due appointments shopping life it would be a miracle if we got a free phone

  23. Jeanette Hall says

    I called to find out how to return the so call free phone. Call twice and left a call back number. I called at 7:05 A.M. and then again at 11:05 A.M. on August 17,2015. No one has called me back. I need to find out if I still need to fill out the form, and send it back before I get an answer. So far your customer service sucks.

  24. John Kramer says

    I am a disabled veteran, 68 years old, recently confined to a wheelchair. I do not qualify for a free phone in any of the categories listed above, however, I’m hoping there may be a program for physically disabled. Please let me know.

  25. daniel vega says

    lost my phone u guys make it impossible get a hold us u pl;ease cancel that line and replace mr a new one thanks

  26. Stephanie says

    Are these phones not able to download apps? I’ve tried many times before and after a long period of time, apps are still saying ‘Installing’ but nothing has been downloaded.

  27. Timothy Cook says

    I have had Lifeline Cell phone service ever since Reachout Wireless was the only choice in Ca for cell phone service. As more providers became available and offered more minutes, better phones, etc., I would switch companies. Recently here in CA there has been a hard sell for lifeline cell phone costumers. And it would be fair to say I have switched about 4,or 5 times but it was only the last time that I actually switch with a Street Vender. This one was from Budget (who was giving out the phones then and there)who basically stopped me as I was coming out of the store. For whatever reason I signed up with him. Letting him know that I currently had Tag mobile. He told me not to worry about it and that they would take care about the switching. I would have called tag myself had he not told me that. so a few days later my service with Tag service stopped. But then a week after that my Budget phone service stopped without a notice. I don’t know Budget but they gave Ca lifeline a wrong address . I have no where they got the address they put in. But it led to me getting my service suspended. So, basically I have reapply. In all the times that I have changed providers this is the only time that this has happened.. So I’ll reapply but I’ll be damned if I let Budget be my carrier. There a Verizon company anyway, and Verizon is corrupt as hell.

  28. Christine says

    I applied for a free budget phone it’sbeen about a month and I still haven’t received it in the mail somewhere how can I cancel it so that I can reapply and get a phone from a vendor whom has the phone on site so I won’t have to wait for it in the mail?

  29. Hollie Keller says

    I received one of your cell phones it does not work it keeps saying insert sim I can not even dial out phone numbers I never had problems with my other provider like this I’m not sure what to do I need my phone to work. Please if someone can help me or maybe send me a phone that works and I can send this one that does not work back

  30. Mary Thompson says

    I got a phone from your Fresno Ca store and it does’t work right. The recipients of my calls cannot understand me. Is it possible for me to get a refurbished phone of a better quality and transfer my sim card to it? If so what phones are compatible?

  31. Steven says

    First off I’d like to thank the operators of this website for being extremely patient and helpful with everyone’s questions. I would also like to thank Budget Mobile for answering questions about their services on here.

    I am currently with Access Wireless and would like to switch over to Budget Mobile. I have already been approved for California LifeLine. My question is can I keep the same Sprint phone that they gave me or will I have to use the Budget Mobile phone they send? Secondly, I would like to know the network provider for my area under Budget Mobile. I live in Los Angeles. Finally, will the data speeds be at 3G or 4G if I purchase the California Connect LifeLine Plan with 3000 MB for $28/mo.

    If you can answer at least 2 of those questions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

  32. juanita douglas says

    I already have been approved for free lifeline cell phone service. However I don’t like entouch wireless ss my service sucks. Phone won’t work. Have had it reprogrammed three times and is not working again. How so I switch to your service

  33. CHANSOTTHY says


  34. kelli says

    Is there away to have your number changed. I’m currently using the free phone but need my number changed getting unwanted phone calls

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You left this comment on our Budget Mobile page, so we assume you are one of its customers. If so, contact them directly.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Maybe. But it depends on what model of Android you have. Budget Mobile’s website says, “We offer a variety of refurbished phones, ranging from feature phones to low-level Android and Blackberry.” The only way to find out more would be to contact Budget. You can find its contact info in the article above.

  35. Nicholas Anthony Cardenas says

    Hi I got one and been using it for two month now and it deactivated its self please tell me y this happened

  36. joe says

    stay away this company is an joke it’s been close to an month and still no phone all they say is call back if they don’t have phones then they shouldn’t be taking lifeline orders it’s fraud, found out from my friend who sent his phone back they have not sent him an phone let and it’s been close to 3 months now he went to another life line which is what i will be doing.don’t waste your time with them

  37. Deborah Seaquist says

    I purchased a mobile phone plan earlier today. Your service was excellent ,very professional and thorough.. I will recommend you to my friends. Sincerely Deborah Seaquist

  38. Tanya Mann says

    i have a noit18 and i have the california lifeline plan. i am not able to receive any picture messages. why?


    I currently have a BLU NEO 3.5 from BUDGET MOBILE, and it works fine, except I would like a phone that has DOUBLE CAMERAS so that SELFIES would be possible to take.

    If you have any smart phones that have this capability, can I exchange the one I have for one that does possess a double camera??

    Also, do you have USER MANUALS that are full size so I can actually READ the WORDS??? I am a senior citizen and am Hearing Impaired. What device would you recommend I use with my phone to greatly amplify so I can hear and understand what the person on the other end of the line is saying??

  40. michael c says

    beware of this site people. you post anything derogatory about wireless carriers (their bread & butter) they will delete you. very scammy

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      Really? That’s not the case. Take a look at all the complaints on the site–there are a ton. The only ones that don’t get published are any useless comments, such as “Gimme Obamaphone” or many of the ones that are filled with personal information that is too spend the time much to edit out (people should know not to post addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers…).

  41. Diann Bostick says

    my phone was turned off due to a lack of information for the life line program, The representative said I needed to add how many in the household and to contact you with this information to restore my services for phone #559-373-**** Diann Bostick

  42. teresa smith says

    I had called for a replacement phone and was told that they as going to send me a new one out within 7-14 days and i t has been way past that so I called back and now they are telling me well u have to wait and see if u qualify for the phone now and I already qualified I just needed a replacement but can not seem to get one.

  43. Lisa says

    I currently have Reach Out Wireless and would like to switch to Budget, because of the data they offer.My questions are 1. Can I switch? 2. I have my own iphone can I use it on budgets network? 3. Can I keep my same number? 4. The phone currently using is not my IPhone.

  44. eric says

    How do i become a vendor for budget mobile? I would like to setup a stand where i live. There isnt q vendor anywhere out here

  45. sandra stearns says

    Hi I filled out an app to get the lifeline phone I was just wondering if my app when through if not can I call and apply online please let me know thanks

  46. DanXCrystal says

    I know a small group of homeless people who just got their Budget Phones here in Ca. there is a place here in Ca. that allows the homeless to charge their phones. but the Budgets are not holding a charge and some not even charging at all. What is wrong with their phones?

    From DanXCrystal + the homeless

  47. Felicia Carter says

    I have recently recieve a phone … at this time I have forgotten the drawn password, is there some way I can call and have the phone reprogram ????

  48. ronnie j middleton says

    fianical problems and health problems. i’m disabled with income of 538.00 a month total income.
    having to give up my internet and phone july 15 2015..

  49. Peggyburgess says

    I’ve been waiting. Since April 17 to re
    ceive a phone have not got one yet I have an old Verizon phone if u can just put my free minutes on it so I won’t have to wait any longer

  50. Patricia rost says

    yes ive tryed assurance wireless for a cell phone here in ca. but there is no personal coverage where i live in my ca area,now what

  51. Nicki burdick says

    Don’t understand how to use voicemail all it says is that all circuits are busy right can some one help

  52. Tom Krohmer says

    I am legally blind with low vision and on Disability. But I can not find a single vendor with a phone that is set up for “low vision” and or the blind.
    Because your phone program is also for the “disabled”, it should include such a phone with large enough symbols on the screen for use by people with “low vision”, of which would also be “a draw” for many people that need reading glasses, too. So I am not talking about just installing various APPS for people with low vision and or blind. Additionally, a Smartphone with a good enough camera to enlarge print and make it readable would be of great use with everything from a newspaper to the small print on various products. Of which would be in addition to a “bar code reading app”, for use when shopping.

    In short, I believe this to be an ADA Violation and fail to see why you do not correct this when it would also improve your sales by addressing such needs in the general population.

    • Sam najarin says

      Why don’t we come up with a few servants to take care of your daily needs as well. I’m sure it must be ADA violation for you to not have assistance.

  53. Bonnie Broitzmann says

    I have lifeline on my verizon land line but it still cost me $30 a month!!
    I was wondering if I get budget mobile phone can I still have my land line number or will they give me a new number?

  54. elia corral says

    hi i wanted to know if i can qualify after i cancelled my account, i dont remember when i canceled it .

  55. yesenia padilla says

    Hi i just got my free phone today for the lifeline program and ive decided i dont want the program. The phone is still in package. How can i terminate service and return the phone. Someone please help me.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      Call your vendor and cancel. Or, if you don’t want to be on hold for an hour with a company just to cancel, just don’t use it at all for 60 days and it will cancel automatically. And they won’t care about getting the phone back or not.

  56. Yvette mejia says

    Yesterday I was signing up for a phone and one of employee attack me with a Gatorade bottle threw the juice all over me and i hurt my leg very bad she’s a employee of Stockton California area her name is ****** I tripped and fell when I tried to get away from her I didn’t want any convertation with her can someone please get back to me about what happened on June 8 on a Monday evening I was with my family and my children and her and her mother were threatened my family and said they were going to shoot us and also she called me bitch numerous times and she also threw my id off the table can you please take care of this I felt threatened

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      We are not affiliated with any vendor on this website, so unfortunately we’re unable to help.

  57. Anita says

    I am trying to get a cell phone and on line it can’t verify my address I gave my 911 physical address don’t have a house address just RR box number
    Can you give me the address in muskogee for office where I can go get a cell phone Thank you anita 911 address 113468 s 4299 rd or rr1 box11210 porum ok 74455

  58. Jose Just Navarro says

    Is telling me that my device has been block up for safety reasons. ” that I am accusing of viewing /storage and /or dissemination of banned pornographic, I am old enough to see xxx movies. Why am I block of !!??

  59. wayne miller says

    this phone has no volume memory card dose not work phone will not down load phone numbers phone memort card needed to operate because the phone registered airport area for local

  60. Debbie G says

    I am eligible for low income internet and mobile phone. I am on Medical and Food assistance. I live in Los Angeles, please tell me how to apply.

    Thank you.

    • Chanty L. says

      Just go to the website for Budget Mobile Lifeline, and they will have a button that says “sign up/sign up now!”. Click on it and it will start the application process. You will need to send them proof of your eligibility before they even ship out the phone, and it says on the website that it might take up to two weeks to be approved. Also, be very sure that Budget Mobile is the right plan provider for you- there are multiple providers out there, and some offer better plans than others.

  61. Silvia Zarate Gomez says

    I signed up with Budget Mobile on Friday in Bellflower Ca with Jose Beltran. I was promised a Verizon Rhyme phone but got a cheap used phone. I apologize for the cheap part but is there any way of changing it to the Rhyme I was promised? I have called Mr. Beltran but just keep getting the run around.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      You are right! Thank you. We’ll research and update appropriate pages. We also just noticed that in Oklahoma, they are offering free minutes, free texting and 500 MB of data.

  62. annette sikula says


  63. kelby dison says

    I have a budget mobile lifeline phone last month on the 26th of april my phon stopped letting me make calls i called the number from different ohone and it said the wireless custumer has a messeging sevice that hasnt been set up yet meaning my service is still on just unable to make calls can you ping my phone and sendme a response via e mail? my number is 404 548-**** thats my budget no. can you send something to my device or my email adress? thank you for your help with this issue.

  64. Desiree Reyes says

    I want to switch to budget mobile instead i have assurance wireless i was trying to do the switch online but it wont let me xan you please hwlp me , thank you.

  65. Prather says

    Before, we did sign-up your agent offering “VOD” smart phone.
    But when we received by mail is totally different. It was very old phone.
    Please, close account now. Or just give the one you guy offer at first place, would you?
    Thank you.
    Prather family

  66. jesse mendoza says

    i have a budget mobile and its not the touch screen one either i have the older phone but i can not send pictures to anyone and i can not get pictures from anyone it keeps saying network error what do i needa do to fix that and can i get a upgrade on my phone

  67. damica carter says

    I need a copy of my phone records from May 21;2015. How do I obtain these records? I am willing to pay to get the records. Please email me back. Thank you very much

  68. john labonte says

    got your phone no book let john labonte ***** Marysville calif 95901 why did you not send me papper work with it

  69. cheryl says

    I sent you my info last week i even up dated for you and all it says in my order acct. is that your sending me a packet i can go some were else if this is not convince for you. please e mail back thank you. Cheryl

  70. guadalupe mitchell says

    I have reachout wireless, but would like to switch to boost mobile. I called to get an answer, but to long of wait left my number for a return call but no one called. If I switch can I keep the same number from that company.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      I would not count on receiving a return call. Keep calling until you reach a live person.

  71. Lloyd Armour says

    I have the California LifeLine program on my home phone. I know California will let me transfer my home phone number to a free Government phone with unlimited text & unlimited minutes. PLEASE TELL ME if I can purchase a NEW CELL PHONE from you, I had a phone thur you and cancelled it because it was used & didn’t work. I”m still interested, but I want to just pay for a new phone.

  72. Erica says

    If I’m already an agen, is there another site I can use other than the articulate site that has the slides and a quiz to pass, that I can use

    • Trish says

      I would like to get an upgrade to my budget phone. How can I do that? Can I do that on line since the nearest budget store is over 2 hours away??
      Thank you

  73. Diana Mestas says

    I am hearing impaired and wear hearing aids. The kind that are molded to fit in the ear. Does your company or service provide an adaptable phone?

  74. debra olszyk says

    I made a mistake on phone how do I get back on budget I thought you were safelink I got a paper in the mail to fill out I did assume it was a follow up now im with out a phone at all told ii have to wait 60days to get back on mistake

  75. keith gibson says

    I would like to know where I can purchase additional phone minutes for my phone the # is 951 579 9343

  76. Maisha Brown says

    Hello. I want to get a phone with data for my daughter. Can you please let me know of a lifeline program near Moreno Valley, CA ? Thanks.

  77. john lamoureux says

    I now have California lifeline for a caption call phone. I also would like to have a cell phone for text. Can I get a cell phone through this program. Thanks

  78. Jesus Cervantes says

    Hello. I recently applied for a free phone. I qualified for it, and it says that my order has been submitted. But it also says that i need to upload my proof that i qualify. Which makes no sense at all because i have already uploaded my proof. And when i go to my account i can see it. So what do i do? My proof is right there with my order so i don’t understand why it would say that. I tried contacting budget mobile, but no reply yet. Has my phone been shipped or is it still being looked at?

  79. kamalajit Gosal says

    Hello I use a budget phone and I cannot remember my pass code to retrieve messages.
    thank you


  80. Joseph D. Costello says

    I tried these people this morning. Same ol’ same ol’ couldn’t hear me gpt to the point of demanding a supervisor, was refused all she did was ask how to spell my last name 14 times.. they claim Connecticut is a free phone phone state to them. It is in their ad. They say tthey do not cover Connecticut. They hung up on me 4 times.

  81. Shawn Powell says

    yes my name is Shawn Powell I received a call from you yo hit me up old dirty a** phone many buttons and I don’t want this phone I need to wait if it is send this phone back to y’all so can someone get in contact with me cause I tried to call and it gave me the runaround so can somebody get this message and give me a call so I can send this phone back to you or send me some in this phone but I have my address I just received the phone today so someone please give me a call as soon as I get this message

  82. Bettie Giles says

    I recently applied for my budget cell phone and I opted to not pay for the $45. to be able to use Internet at this time, is there a way to be able to still pay for and have internet when I can pay for it later?

  83. GLORIA GALVAN says

    I cannot remember my PIN for my Voicemail on my Budget phone. I have tried getting help from Verizon, Verizon Wireless and they cannot help me. I was referred back to Budget. Can you help me? All I need is to reset my PIN for Voicemail.

  84. leon says

    Got my phone in the mail today 4-15-2015 was told it would be on and ready to go.Will can’t make calls get calls or text not too happy right now. Can’t get ahold of my doctor couse I have no PHONE!!!

  85. ricki rosenthal says


  86. Dinah Kudatsky says

    Hello friends,

    I believe I qualify for this wonderful program. I already have an inexpensive flip-phone cell phone, (from AT&T), and I’m currently using AT&T’s inexpensive 10c a minute no-contract monthly service. So I wonder if I could do two things: could I just get the free service, using the phone I currently have? Also, can I keep my current cell phone number, which I like?

  87. Greg Gopman says


    I run a homeless outreach program that speaks with 100’s of homeless people a day. I’d like to sign up to be a provider of Budget cell phones. Can you please call me to discuss, 415 940 ****


    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      You can transfer your cell phone number. But you’ll need to reenter your contacts unless you have some software that does that for you.

  88. richard petersen says

    I just got my phone yesterday. It has been stolen already. Please help. How can I get a replacement a.s.a.p.. Thank you Richard ******* ******** dr santa rosa ca, 95404

  89. Vladimir Rachmanov says

    I believe I qualify for a free cell phone. I have Medi-Cal and I also use a Federal Housing Assistance Program (Section 8).
    Thank you for your consideration.

    Vladimir Rachmanov

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      You need to contact one of the companies in your state, or Budget Mobile (info above) directly.

  90. deneen says

    I have filled out the forms at least 10 times and answered all the questions,and when it comes back it says cannot validate address? Cannot find street?? It is a dirt road. I live 2 miles from the nearest paved road,but I assure you there is a legitimate
    Residence here?please help.
    Thank you… deneen

    • gil lutz says

      I. too. live on a rural dirt road, no mail delivery, etc.. However my road has a name and I have an address number, which is the same physical address that the state (HI) social services has had for me the past 15 years. I have filled out the online Budget form several times, giving my mailing address, then my physical address, and then indicating the mailing address as my shipping address. Keeps getting bumped as “Not a valid address” or some such reason. Us oldsters out here in the sticks really need these phones, but Budget seems unable to provide service. Have you or anyone else had any luck overcoming this obstacle?

  91. Seng says

    Hey is there a way to use your service on a different phone ? Can you guy send a SIM card to put on the phone?



    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      If you read the article above, it states all of the ways you can qualify. Food Stamps is on of them.

  93. fernanda balan says

    I was approved for the free phone the phone, you sent one to the old adress and someone turned it on on my name . another phone was supposed to be sent to my po box due to we dont get mail run on the physical address. i did not get the phone again. i dont have a phone right now or ill call. i dont want a phone on my name that someone is using please resolve this promblem. the account number is ******** my name is **********.

  94. aimee says

    I just got out of rehab and I am Miles away from where I got my phone. I called to have the phone shut off because I have no idea who has it andwas told there was NO way unless I physically came in. There is no way possible I can do this. Please tell me I can do this another way

  95. Dan says

    I need an owners manual for my new phone. I also need a complete list of features & services that are included for free. I’d also like a list of additional features that are available.

  96. Robin says

    The flip phone I have from budget isn’t holding a charger I won’t to change my number to another phone asap

  97. johnny says

    I have an account with budget mobil for about 6 months and i always check my account every month to see when my minutes reset and they were supposed to reset today but they never did. Whats wrong? Im always using my phone every day so i dont know whats the issue.

  98. Giovanni Hernandez says

    I live in Vegas and the provider for the free phone which is for my 75 year old grandfather is Budget Mobile they are rude obnoxious employees working there. I’m currently in LA for a business trip and someone stole my grandfathers phone, I called them to have cancel the minutes and they say to go in into the office with a picture ID. My mom goes to the office the next day and she understands English perfectly she just can’t speak it that well so they decide to move her to a different line since they couldn’t understand her. She calls me and tells me then I call and ask to speak to the manager and this rude obnoxious person answer the phone and is rude and let’s me know that she was not inside the store when I’m like really? I just heard her on the background and then she just clicks on me what type of costumer service is that!!! There’s no corporate number where we can call who is in charge of that place!!! DO NOT GO TO BUDGET MOBILE point blank period!!!

  99. Elizabeth says

    Two years ago you could qualify for a free cell phone if you were on MediCARE, which I was and still am. I just re-certified my phone and I believe the recording said you need to be on MediCAID to qualify, which I am not. Do I need to give up my phone?

  100. gloria naquin says

    On Feb 27 2015 called gave my card info to get400 talk minutes took money but didnot get my minutes for number 985-772-**** it ₩as 15.00

  101. Alex says

    My free budget mobile phone came in after i requested a second one since the first one broke. Whenever I send a call, it displays “failure to call”. Other people have also been able to call my phone. This has been happening for a few days now, can someone help me?

  102. eddie espinoza says

    I signed up with budget and life line says I have a number with budget but somehow budget has a bogus mailing address and sent my phone to the wrong address. I had assurance and had no problems what so ever. Now I have no phone what so ever and it has been a nightmare trying to contact budget… Please help me! I have called emailed setup trouble tickets I have had it. Please I need my phone or budget to cancellation my account so I can go back to assurance. Please help! Desperate!

  103. dionisia capulong says

    my mom has a budget phone. she accidently dropped the phone and not functioning. what she has to do to fix or change the phone?

  104. Britney kalk says

    I found a budget mobile phone is San diego. Is there any way to get the phone back to it’s owner? I’m sure it’s a homeless woman’s phone as I saw her drop it a few times outside the bar I was at. Thank you.

  105. Gloria Borrero says

    Hi I applied for a phone in the beginning of Dec and I still haven’t received my phone yet, I was approved and I got ahold of some in Jan they said wait a week and I haven’t received my phone call back I’ve been calling for a couple of weeks know and left many messages and still no response from anyone why haven’t I received my phone are heard from anyone pledge respond thank you

  106. summer says

    I was wondering if you can transfer your budget mobile service to another phone you already have. I’m in San Diego, so I’m going through Version? The phone I was sent is nice but the phone I have and used is a very nice one and has all my contacts, pictures etc. etc…..So I’m hoping that I can. Thanks

    • Matt from Budget Mobile says

      Hi Maria. Once you’re approved, it takes about 7-14 business days for your phone to arrive at your home.

    • Chau vu says

      I am using Verizon Internet but they charged me so much. I cannot afford to pay it. Please provide me with cheap internet. Thank you

      • Matt from Budget Mobile says

        Hi Chau. Unfortunately, data is not a part of the LifeLine program at this time. If that changes, we will be sure to let you know.

  107. Steve says

    @ Matt from Budget Mobile,

    The above has this in the second paragraph above the

    All states but California:
    FREE, $5., $10., $20., $30, area..

    “Unlike other major Lifeline phone suppliers you do not get text messaging unless you pay to get a better plan.”

    But next to the Free it says this-

    “Free: 250 minutes and 250 texts”

    So which is it?

    I like the fact, that (Budget) has you monitor your listing here at freegovernmentcellphones.net and answers question besides FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net, at least from all of them, that I have read about to offer service in Missouri, which was all of the listed.

    Got one more Q for you, who does Budget use to offer their service through, which one of the Big 4 coverage areas do I look at to see coverage in my area. Ex: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint.


    • Matt from Budget Mobile says

      You receive free talk and text if you qualify for the Lifeline program. Period. You can pay for additional minutes and texts on top of the free offering if you choose. We offer service through Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint depending on what area you live in.

  108. Nicolette Denise Clark says

    Hey yall I had lost my phone I don’t I know I was wondering can y’all send me other one in the mail

    • Matt from Budget Mobile says

      Hi Nicolette. Lost or stolen phones are not covered under our warranty policy. You can purchase a new phone by either visiting one of our retail store locations or by sending a money order for $20 to the address below. http://www.budgetmobile.com/stores

      Budget Mobile Returns
      1325 Barksdale Blvd (1st Floor)
      Bossier City, LA 71111

  109. Hope Patlan says





  110. robin lastrapes says

    I am unable to use my phone its saying online the phone is in inactive stastatus and I don’t know why. Please hlp and advise. My number is 424223****

  111. Fernando says

    I have no idea who my service provider is. My phone is not ringing so I have no clue if someone is trying to call me. How do I get this fixed if I don’t know who my service provider is? I live in Stockton, CA

  112. jessica pineda says

    Hello my name is jessica and I am interested in working for budget mobil I have Lot inexperience in this lifeline program and I have a group of people willing to work so I will love to get a contract..and how much you guys will offer me likebi said I have over 30 reps.

  113. Crystal says

    I’ve seen at different times tents set up at different locations where you can get an Obama phone right on the spot. Is there a website that will tell you the dates and places of where they will be set up for my area? I live in Phoenix, AZ.

    • Matt from Budget Mobile says

      Hi Crystal. Our street teams are independent contractors, so there’s not a list of when and where they will be. You can always sign up directly on our website so you don’t need to wait to find a street team. http://www.budgetmobile.com

    • Matt from Budget Mobile says

      Hi Marissa. No, that is not an option. If you apply online you will have to receive your phone through the mail.

  114. Lois Stewart says

    Why can’t I get a person on the phone to speak to? The prompt says to press 9 for a person but it never works.

    • Matt from Budget Mobile says

      Hi Eric. It depends. We generally tell people that you’ll receive your phone 7-14 business days after you’ve been approved. The entire process can take about a month from the time you sign up to the time you receive your phone.

  115. Bridgette L. Boyd says

    Why am I not eligible for a free govt phone? I have applied, and they sent me information and requested verification of social security benefits, that was sent in and I still am having difficulty getting approved.

  116. Eugene GuidryJr says

    I signed up for phone here in Stockton CA never received the phone can’t reach no one on the phone they medic cal card yes I qualified for phone don’t know the status or why they told me 10 business days no response

  117. Jessica says

    Ok so I’ve had the budget mobile phone now for about two months and have not been able to make any calls outside of my home. I followed directions corretly and let the phone charge. put sim card in, etc and i only get service in one spot in my house. I live in the midde of town and am not sure why reception is so poor. If i leave my house I am not able to use the phone because of this. Im not sure if its the phone i have or the service the phone is through, which I believe is T-Moblie. Any suggestions?

  118. Donna says

    My phone was set into deactivated status because I “didn’t turn in a household information form” which I never received. I have had the phone since 2013. I talked to them last night, 1/5/2015 and I recorded the “household information” with the tech on the phone and was then put on hold and then a machine recording played and disconnected my call. How will I know when my service is reinstated? I’ve followed all the guidelines. Use the phone within the 60 day period, never go over my minutes, and re-certify when I receive the text. But all of this doesn’t seem to be enough.

  119. lynda allen says

    i’ve been trying since 11-25-2014 to reach someone , to receive the free gov. cell phone. have faxed budget all information with no results.i do qualify for program by having a ebt card for food and help on pg&e because of medical .Please Help!

  120. Delilah Blair says

    They said when you qualify for a free phone you get 1000 minutes or text. You are saying you don’t get any text unless I pay for it . Is this correct? can I get 2 phones ? one for me and one for my husband? Thank you very much for your time.

  121. Dee Dinkel says

    I have tried for two days to reach you to report that my phone was stolen on Sunday, I did make a police report at our local police department they did give me a case number. What do I do next with you, and can I request a new phone?
    Thank you for your help with this matter

  122. Sonia Nunes says

    In modesto ca 95351
    Where may people find a kiosk and what days + time so that they to may apply for budget mobile. There are many others in need and dont know where theres a kiosk. Thanks. I would like to let others know.

  123. Jackie Wahlig says

    Have been tring for hours this a.m. and again this afternoon – to try to add minutes and cannot get ahold of anyone. Are your lines working? 888-777-4007?

  124. jeanette talamantes says

    Sorry to ask but, i lost my phone and i wish to know if i may replace this service to an old phone without no service to continue having your good free government service. Thank you

  125. david says


  126. Erin Johnson says

    Yes I’m getting ready to start school, I’m not working and I have no income. Can you tell me who might offer free internet service?

  127. cecelia cole says

    i applied and got assurance wireless and was told I got 250 free mins and 250 free text I did for the first month but now I don’t have any mins and I haven’t been getting the free mins

    • jayne says

      @Ms. Cole, if you have questions about Assurance Wireless, please visit the Assurance Wireless Facebook page! They’ll be happy to help

  128. trice says

    This is a good thing for people that really needs them. I think that it is false advertisement in sort of a way because it says you get a whole year free. But at the same time after 3 or 4 months they just stop wworking. Which is right after the warranty so there’s “nothing” they can do about it. You then have to purchase another phone for 21 $ for what they call the basic phone. the price is not bad but the point is that we are promised a year for “free” but it goes out and you have to purchase another phone…. another thing is if you pay 5 $ to send and receive 50 picture messages you have to use all 50 in that same month or the privalage is take in off and you can not send or recive any more pics without paying 5more $ for another 50 for another month. I do like the idea of helping people in need and giving them phones I just wish they would let us know
    up from

    • Matt from Budget Mobile says

      Hi Trice. I’m a little confused by what you mean when you say “false advertisement”? Lifeline service is free for as long as you qualify for it. As to our phones not working; they are refurbished phones. That means that they’ve been used by someone else prior to us giving it to you. Some of these last for long periods of time, others don’t work when our customers receive them (and we replace any phone that’s malfunctioning for free if it is under warranty).

      All of our prepaid services are on a monthly basis and they do not roll over. This is not an uncommon practice in the telecom industry. We’re very upfront about all that information as it is listed on our website in our terms & conditions. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our customer service department at the link below.


  129. Ralph Carpenter says

    I fully understand that these phones are reconditioned and they are free, but they are junk for the most part. Very few people I know have received a phone that works properly if at all. The phone I received appears to work ok, I can make and receive calls and texts, but it has no internal phone memory storage capacity at all. I downloaded an operation manual from Verykool and found the misuse of the English language in said manual to be in line with the phone I received, neither one is worth much.

    • Matt says

      Hi Ralph. My name is Matt and I represent Budget Mobile. As you say, the phones we offer are refurbished phones. We purchase these wholesale and distribute them to our customers. If you’re unhappy with the phone you received, you can visit any of our retail stores and purchase a new phone for $20. http://www.budgetmobile.com/stores

  130. Billie J. Clark says

    I have been trying to get minutes added to my phone. I get shut out on your site and have called customer but have NOT BEEN ABLE TO TALK TO A REAL PERSON. I WANT THE $10.00 LIFELINE PLAN FOR 500 MIN. UNLIMITED TEXTS AND 250 MB DATA. MY NUMBER IS 208-446-4522. THIS IS VERY VERY FRUSTRATING. PLEASE HELP ME. CALL ME AND WE DO THIS ON THE PHONE. THANK-YOU LUCKIEME

  131. craig gavette says

    I have 2 friends that need 2 get a govt ph- neitherhave em addresses. Can u tell me where in flint mi area i can take them 2 get a ph. Thanks Craig

  132. Janine Henschel says

    there were some people that came out to the homeless shelter but I didn’t get their name, do you also help the homeless to get a phone too ? thank you

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      Homeless cannot qualify as they do not have a physical address. They can’t use a shelter’s address unless they are the only one so far to use that address, as only one phone allowed per address.

  133. Deborah says

    You guys sent me a Motorola Q, the phone won’t hold a charge. It also says it’s in Flash Boot loader mode. I talk to someone from Motorola and they told me that phone needs to be replaced. I’m reading some of these past saying it’s 20 dollars to replace a phone. That’s not something I have. I’ve left messages and waited on hold for hours at a time, only to be hung up on. I’m frustrated. I have another government phone that I was told could be connected. I live in California, not in a vicinity by no means of a budget mobile store. I’m desperately in need of help, I’m legally blind. I need my ohone. Please help me.

    • Matt says

      Hi Deborah. If you’ve had your phone for less than 60 days it is still under warranty and we can replace it free of charge if it meets warranty standards. Just send the phone and charger back to the address below and we will send you a new phone, free of charge (if it is under warranty and meets warranty standards).

      Budget Mobile Returns
      1325 Barksdale Blvd (1st Floor)
      Bossier City, LA 71111

  134. philip martin says

    did not get my phone. Place where it was supposed to go will not release it to me. I need the plan stopped on that phone. Will provide a better address later.

  135. orville says

    hello budget, thank you for my free phone with unlimited talk and text, i just received it in the mail. But im having a problem the phone you sent me is so small and the buttons are tiny, i am 46 years old my vision is not what it used to be, is there anyway possible to exchange for a different one, and also being a male maybe i can get a black one this time instead of flourescent green…thanks so much budget

  136. james christopher says

    I have had this phone for a month now. I have been unable to get the budget staff to get my voice mail set up properly. I have never received such pathetic incompetent answers in my life. Every time I call 611 I hear how many minutes and txt time I have remaining about 500 times yet when I press 9 for customer service the dam thing hangs up EVERY SINGLE TIME

  137. paula fields says

    Im having issues with unlocking my phone and using it then i dropped it and it cracked cant see the screen can i switch my budget mobile account to another phone i have aroubd the house and if so how?

  138. matilda says

    I just received my phone, made a couple of calls, now it’s saying when I dial a number that this account can not be located…

  139. Tim says

    Hope you don’t have a problem with your phone service. I just got told I would have to go to Indianapolis to get it fixed…….3 hours away. I just bought minutes for my phone yesterday and somehow 750 minutes is magically gone, but there is nothing they can do over the phone. I just got the run around and pretty much told oh well. Thanks budget

  140. Rhonda Nelson says

    Hi. I am interested in the unlimited talk and texting because I live in California and am on the Federal Food Stamp Program but there is someone else who lives in this residence (my cousin) who receives the Lifeline Assistance Program with her cell phone through Cricket. I was wondering since she already receives Lifeline, if I would be eligible for a Budget phone. We have the same address but we consider ourselves as separate households. Thanks for the information.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      Unfortunately, the address will stop you from getting one — due to fraud protection, only one Lifeline discount per physical address. Not always fair, but that’s how it is.

  141. Raquel Providell-Appenfelder says

    I don’t have a job and I nee a way to talk to anyone to coordinate and know what is going on.

  142. timothy foley says


  143. Sally Vue says

    I just received my phone late October and I have been unable to use it since 11/21/2014. A whole bunch of error codes keep popping up as soon as I turn it on.

  144. dianne says

    Hi matt how long does it take to receive the phone by mail? I live in Az its been 1 week since they approved me. They told me I was gonna received it in the mail.
    Thank u.
    Dianne Nunez

  145. peter says

    stay away from this company they are horrible, you can never get any one on the phone and most of the time when you pick an option it just hangs up on you, i called to cancel service since i am going with another and they don’t seem to want to cancel they keep making up crap and saying it will be done soon sure they are trying to keep billing lifeline please stay away from this joke of an company

  146. monique says

    I got a budget phone in sAcramento ca a few days later it was stolen so i purchased a new one. And now thos one dosent. Ring ive only had it a month and half

  147. Charlie Phelps says


    Where in the zip code numbers 40004 or 40008 can I get a Obama Buget Phone, once I qualify of course? Or does the Obama phones have to be sent via mail?
    Thank you for your time and reply.



  148. cindy avilez says

    ihave reachout wireless but i m thinking of swiching my plan to budget because i need unlimlited. talk and text instead of lumited minutes

  149. danny phan says

    My friend got a free phone from budget phone with t moble services, he want buy and activate to a smart phone, but we dont known where is local location telephone sevices in sacramento , can you let me known ? THANKS !

  150. Susana Melendez says

    I trying to get a phone I just move I need a cellphone I have been very sick so I need a phone what do I have to do To get one let me know

  151. Gale Carlson says

    I just filled out all of the information that you required for free cell phone service. It said that my address or something was not correct. I have lived at this address for 15 years. Now what do I do. Please let me know.

    • Matt says

      Hi Gale. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. Our system follows the USPS system exactly. So, it doesn’t like punctuation or symbols. So, enter your address like this:

      123 Main St APT 456
      Your City, Your State
      Zip Code


  152. Christina Trans says

    I came into the office near 1879 Senter Road, San Jose, Ca 95112. To one to the representatives at the booth. I am waiting on my order status and delivery. Please send me updates. I can confirm any other information needed. Via email is the best form of contact.

    Thank You!
    Christina Trans

  153. amy nicholson says

    Hi. I currently have a budget mobile phone I just received. I am wondering if leftover minutes rollover each month? Also wondering if I have to purchase a plan before I run out of minutes, or can I call after I am out of minutes and get more? I dont know how many minutes will be sufficient for me yet?

    • Matt says

      Hi Amy. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. Your leftover minutes will not roll over, unfortunately. Your best bet would be to purchase add on minutes on our website. You can also purchase monthly prepay plans that allow for more minutes and texts each month, as well. http://www.budgetmobile.com

    • Matt says

      Hi Dumitru. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. If you qualify to receive government benefits like food stamps then you qualify for this program.

  154. angie chavez says

    hi I’m I need of a cell phone do 2 me being on ssi and I live by my self and I don’t have a car and I don’t know any one here ware I live and I have asmha and if I was 2 have one of my asmha ataecs I have no way 2 call 911so how do I get one of our cell phones for me a.s.a.p my add is p.o.box’s *** traver cali 93673 so can u help me plz thank u god bless u

    • angie chavez says

      so sorry for my spelling not good at all and I’m using my kids phone do 2 she is here at my home but she don’t live by me at all she lives like 30 min from me in visalia cali and she comes by my house 2or3 times a mouth so I do need a phone cuz all my ssi money gos 2 my rent and bills and a little bit of food for me and by the 2 of the month I’m out of money 2 get me my own cell phone so plz can u help me god bless

    • Matt says

      Hi Anya. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. You can call our customer service line at 888-777-4007 and select the first option to speak with a representative. You can also visit our website for information on your free cell phone and its service. http://www.budgetmobile.com

      • marie litterio says

        Would like to participate in your free cell/text services. However, I have special needs. Even when volume turned up all the way, I still cannot hear speaker &would like to keep conversations private. Had Budget Mobile in the past. Would also like to text. I still qualify.


  155. 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

    • Geoff Scott says

      How do you switch to a new phone I just bought 3 days ago I have had budget mobile for 2 years and who do you get a hold of??my old phone is dying!!

    • Matt says

      Hi Gloria and Geoff. My name is Matt and I represent Budget Mobile. We offer smartphones for sale. You can visit one of our stores to see the types of phones we offer. Geoff, please visit our website for contact information. You can also visit one of our stores to replace your phone. http://www.budgetmobile.com/stores

  156. 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 ****

    • Matt says

      Hi Douglas. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. Please visit our website (http://www.budgetmobile.com) or call our customer service line at 888-777-4007 and select the first option for new service to talk to a representative. They’ll be able to figure out what went wrong.

  157. 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

    • Matt says

      Hi Curious. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. Our parent company, Budget Prepay has been in business since the early 90’s.

  158. 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.

    • Matt says

      Hi Ryan. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. We offer a variety of phones ranging from flip phones to low-level Android and Blackberry. Generally speaking, it takes about 3-4 weeks to get your phone after you’ve sent in your application assuming all goes smoothly.

  159. 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.

    • Matt says

      Hi James. My name is Matt, I represent Budget Mobile. Please call our customer service line at 888-777-4007 and select the first option for new service to talk to a representative. You can also visit our website to file a report. http://www.budgetmobile.com

  160. 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

  161. 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.

  162. 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…….

  163. 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

  164. 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.

  165. 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.

  166. 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)

  167. 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.

  168. 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

  169. Mary A. Lee says

    I keep getting busy signals every time I dial a number and I know that I haven’t used all my minutes.

  170. Brandie says

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

  171. 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,