ReachOut Wireless is the third largest company in America that gives out free cell 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 25 states. If you live in any of the following states you may be able to get a phone from them: Arkansas, 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. They are actively working on other states and hope to be up and running in some other states very soon.
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:
- 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.
Check to see all providers of free cell phones in 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.
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
Further Reading on ReachOut Wireless
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.