Life Wireless Free Cell Phones and Service
Life Wireless is a regional cell phone provider that is accepted by the U.S. government’s Lifeline phone service to provide free cell phones and free airtime to the states of Arkansas, Arizona, Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
The norm for the amount of free airtime in the free government cell phones program is 250 minutes, and Life Wireless only offers the standard 250 minute plan, a 125 minute plan, and a 68 minutes a month (no 68 minutes plan in Illinois). Note, however, that you can buy more minutes online from them.
The qualifications to get a phone from Life Wireless are the same as for the other companies in the same states. In general, any of the following qualifies you:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Food Stamps
- Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Senior Citizen Low-Income Discount Plan (offered by the local gas or power company)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Income at or below 135% of federal poverty level* (proof required)
The Life Wireless cell phone comes with free voicemail, caller id, call waiting, 3-way calling, call forwarding, and has no roaming charges. There are no charges for domestic long distance calls. International calls are allowed, but chargeable.
There is mention on the company’s website of text messaging ability, but we cannot find mention of the cost. If it is like every other vendor, each text message received or sent is charged a portion of the monthly minutes. (We’ve asked and will update this page.)
We do not know if unused minutes rollover each month. (We’ve asked and will update this page.)
If you already have an existing unlocked GSM phone, you can use it and simply order a Life Wireless SIM card. This free SIM card can be inserted into your handset and activated for immediate use.
Website: Life Wireless
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