ReachOut Wireless Free Cell Phones & Service

This regional provider in 26 states can supply you with a free cell phone and 250 minutes each and every month.

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ReachOut Wireless ­is the third largest company in America that gives out free phones to the financially disadvantaged, compliments of the federal government’s Lifeline Assistance program. While ReachOut is not as large as Assurance Wireless and Safelink Wireless, it is still an outstanding option. All the companies give you roughly the same thing: a free phone and up to 250 minutes of service per month. But there are subtle differences between the plans and the phones they give out.

Free government cell phone companies have to qualify state-by-state. Currently, ReachOut has been approved to offer the LifeLine cell phone in 26 states. If you live in any of the following states you may be able to get a phone from them: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Aside from living in the right state, you will have to qualify. It’s simple to know if you qualify. The easiest way is if you already receive assistance from any one of the following government programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (also know as SSI)
  • Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch

If you are eligible through one of these programs (and perhaps others — check your state page), it’s really easy to complete the application. You merely have to sign under penalty of perjury that you are on the program. There is no submission of proof required.

And you can also qualify by a low-income status. If your total household income is below between 135-150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, depending upon what state you are in, you can qualify. You’ll have to submit some proof of income with this type of application.

Cell phones from ReachOut Wireless offer the following features:

  • 3-Way Calling
  • Call Forwarding
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting
  • International Long Distance
  • Select Text Messaging
  • Voice Mail

For a small fee monthly fee, you can also upgrade your phone and your services.

Before you call ReachOut Wireless be sure to go to your state and see who all the vendors are there. You are likely to have several choices, and you’ll be able to choose the plan that best suits your needs.

Be Sure to Compare Reachout Wireless with Other Options in Your State

Reachout Wireless is just one of the many free cell phone providers in your state. Quite a few states have over a dozen cell phone providers to choose from, with all have at least several. 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 see our state-by-state phone providers page and click on your state.

The free plan limits you to 250 minutes per month, but you can buy more. We’ve created a page that thoroughly covers this subject here: ReachOut Wireless Minutes.

ReachOut Wireless is a company of Nexus Communications.

Contact Reachout Wireless

Nexus Communications, Inc.
P.O. Box 247168
Columbus, OH 43224
Enrollment Support: 1-877-870-9444
Technical Support: 1-888-820-6587
Customer Service: 1-877-870-9222
Fax: 1-877-870-9333

Further Reading on ReachOut Wireless

How to get a free government cell phone in California - The California Lifeline program offers great deals on free cell phone service in California. Unlimited voice and text. Many providers to choose from.
Assurance Wireless gets aggressive: Introduces unlimited talk/unlimited text Lifeline plan in California - Assurance Wireless just introduced the best plan in the free government cell phone business. California customers now get free unlimited talk, free unlimited texting, and of course, a free cell phone.
How many free government cell phones are out there? Who are the biggest providers? - How many free government cell phones are out there? Ten million, twenty million? Who are the biggest Lifeline phone providers?
Free government cell phone companies boosting number of free talk minutes and free texts
- Good news for consumers! Top Lifeline phone companies are now attempting to lure in more customers with more free talk and more free texts.
Free government cell phones program expanding into internet smartphones - Lifeline Assistance, instead of giving its customers basic free cell phones, Lifeline Assistance companies will soon begin offering internet-capable smartphones.


  1. Darla Herbst says

    I would like more info for low cost internet. I am disabled. I receive Social Security Disability Benefits and I receive Medicare/Medicaid.

  2. shelly says

    I have tried to reach the provider buy e-mail and telephone and i’m still out my phone thanks so much for being there when i needed it the most. So how now do i get the upgrade the phone quit working on its own and is my second upgrade. Now i cannot even get a response to buy a new one.

  3. brenda salinas says

    does reachout have a plan that gives you rollover min.? can I get a phone for senior citizen – age 64 with low income- I have diabetes and high blood pressure. I don’t recieve any gov. assistance

  4. M Lange says

    I need to get by disabled and sick brother signed up on his behalf. He doesn’t have a computer and can’t do his process. He also lives out of town. He’s 66, get’s less than $800 per month social security. How do I apply for him?

  5. laura says

    it is a alcatel but i got it signing up at a walmart for people on ssi lost info to contact its not working and i need a phone i get food stamps on ssi who or where do i go to apply for new one and where to i send this back

  6. CLIFTON HALL says

    Already an enrolled member need to replace my phone….Was given a number to fax my current address to receive another phone replacement. Cant find the phone number.

  7. Shirley Rice says

    I received a government assisted BlackBerry phone today..August 8 , I live 3 houses away from where they were giving them away. I went home and tried the phone and the middle of the phone fell out. The phone will not navigate so I can see messages or anything else . Which means..I have no phone. I went back to them and waited 3 1/2 hours for the main person to come pick up the girl, he looked at the phone and said that his daughter’s phone did the same thing and she uses it any way ..He told me to use it broke and he was not giving me another one..I am 69 and needed that phone, and now that you have my name..I won’t be able to get one that works..I called your number several times with that useless ( looks like junk without center piece ) This program and the people that give them out is worthless to me..Gave me junk phone because I’m low income

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  9. sherry l allen says

    I have been trying to sign up for 2 weeks yyou will not accept my email address, what is wrong with you company the email address has been rejected by you several times, my email address is correct, what do you wany me to do next

  10. Shirley Harper says

    My friend is trying to get a phone for her disabled brother and they keep making her hold up to 30 minutes at a time and she has held several times. Can you help her get past the holding .

  11. Stewart Sam says

    I received a phone on July on the 31st and now that it is September, I didn’t receive my minutes for August. Where are my minutes?

  12. Lou Lowery says

    I Was suppose to receive my Minutes on the September 8, 2014. I did not receive my minutes for this month,I Got my Phone on August 8, 2014 they said that I will received my 250 minutes on the 8th of each Month,This is September 10, 2014 haven’t received my Minutes,My Phone Number is 480-387-**** can you please put my Minutes on this phone Lou Lowery,a Reach out Wireless Customer,Thank you so much.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Please don’t publish confidential information like email addresses and passwords (we’ve removed them). Also, we are not the phone company, you need to contact Reachout.

  13. N khwaja says

    i have several time to contact with reachout wireless about updating my address and also Fax twice proof of change of address. i did not get succeed to reach the person to talk about my problem except talk and follow machine Dummy. i need a live person who can help me to change my address.

  14. Joe Trotter says

    I received a phone the mins run out before they are suppose to I could never get any body on the number they give you. What is going on?

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