IMPORTANT NOTICE: This was always the most confusing company on our pages, due to multiple, unrelated services and companies with the same name. Now, there is no web page on the company website that refers to the Lifeline program, so we removing it from our list of active free government cell phone companies.
I-Wireless is a company of Cincinnati Bell (not to be confused with national prepaid carrier I-Wireless), and sells phones only in parts of Ohio. So why list such a small player even listed on our site, which otherwise has only multi-state vendors? Because they are backed by a solid company, they provide 250 free minutes each month, and their website clearly describes their plan.
Lifeline Wireless is available throughout the i-wireless home network area in Ohio which includes the following areas:
- The Greater Cincinnati Area
- The Greater Dayton Area
Qualifying for an i-Wireless Lifeline cell phone
Free cell phones and service from i-Wireless are limited to those who qualify through the Lifeline phone service program. You are eligible if you are at or below 150% of the federal poverty level, or if you already participate in one of these government assistance programs.
- Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Free National School Lunch Program (NSL)
- General Assistance/Disability Assistance
- Any Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) program
- Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI)
- Ohio Works First or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
If you are qualifying through by your income level, you will need to provide documentation proving it.
The i-Wireless Lifeline Plans
Connect Plan: This is the free Lifeline phone service plan. It provides 250 free local minutes of airtime each month; the unused minutes do not roll over to the next month. Additional or roaming minutes are .10¢ each. Text messages are .20¢ each. No data capabilities are included. Price: FREE.
Unlimited Talk & Text: Unlimited local minutes and text messages. 100 national roaming minutes; additional roaming at .10¢ a minute. Data for .05¢ a minute. $28/month.
Mega Monthly: Unlimited local minutes and text messages. 1,000 national roaming minutes; additional roaming at .10¢ a minute. 100 MB Of Data .05¢ Per Kb over. $38/month.
Oddly, there is no phone number on their site that we could find for conveniently signing up for Lifeline Service (although we found this number for parent Cincinnati Bell: 513-565-2210). However, there are a list of store locations, and it’s obvious that they wish you to sign up in person at one of their stores.
Website: www.i-ontheweb.com/lifeline/ (NOTE: URL no longer resolves to a web page, so we don’t know the status of this service).
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