IMPORTANT: We are not sure about Reachout Wireless’s future plans for their Lifeline service. Please read our recent story, The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Reachout Wireless.
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. Like many of the companies, Reachout Wireless provides 250 minutes of voice calling (350 in Oklahoma and unlimited in California) in the states listed below. Other than California, each text sent or received counts as one minute of your allowance.
California Plan: In California, eligible residents get a significantly better deal. Similar to what other major phone vendors are doing in the state, both voice and text usage is unlimited. That’s right, unlimited calling and unlimited texting. Several other California companies also offer this plan so if you live in the Golden State be sure to Click Here to review all of them.
Reachout offers other Lifeline plans that are not free, in each state. You can find information about these on their website (when their current “Under Construction” Lifeline pages are replaced by plan info). In California, these upgraded plans offer various limits of data usage.
Free government cell phone companies have to qualify state-by-state. Currently, ReachOut has been approved to offer the LifeLine cell phone in 30 states. If you live in any of the following states you may be able to get a phone from them: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, 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:
- 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