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. Domenico Armani says

    I AM LIVID!!!!!!! I got a text for my review. It stated the minutes would NOT count against me. BUT THEY DID!!!!!!! I lost 57 minutes trying to recertify!!!!!!!!!!! WTF???????

  2. Marnitaward says

    I made a mistake and put facebook on my phone for a email address, every month when I receive my minutes on the 3th of each month they are gone on the 9th . My minutes last me until the next month , I am not a talker I get to make two phone calls for the past two months, how can I remove this from my phone ? Be cause I’m about to let this phone go. It’s no use to me now. Help please.

  3. Delilah O. Johnson says

    I’ve been trying to get through to customer service. There were 17 people ahead of me. I put the phone on speaker, an hour later there were STILL 17 people ahead of me. Typical government inefficiency!

    I have a phone through California life line. I am supposed to get 250 Free minutes per month, but am told I have to recertify, and want me to sign the recertification with an e-signature. How the heck do I know what that is?

  4. Gail Workman says

    I have a free phone and it won’t hold charge and today something happened to all my minutes. I sent you my eligablity paper from Guernsey Muskingum Electric where I got help this summer. I have e-mailed it to you and had my senior Center fax it to you. Their fax number is 740-439-7478 and it was faxed on September 27, 2014 from Guernsey County Senior Center, Inc.

    I have tried calling you several times and I am always caller 80 or 120 and I waited one day on my home phone for 4 hours to talk to you and someone said I had other service and I called my phone company and they sent me a letter saying they had removed it from my bill. I didn’t even know I had it. I faxed that paper to you also. My home phone number is 740-489-**** if you want to talk to me.

    I would appreciate a new phone that I can use. Please let me know what is going on.



    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      We wish we could help, but we’re not Reachout Wireless, nor do we have an association with them.

    • Robert C Manthey says

      Did you ever try their chat? I get excellent service from them and you’re not on the phone, it’s all internet based. I use chat for a lot of things. I don’t remember the last time I actually called them.

  5. linda huzzie says

    I has a reach out phone but it got lost l would like another phone sent to my home at *** Webster street Lagrange game 30241 thank u

      • Robert C Manthey says

        I don’t think any of them provide a second phone for free, only the first one. Of course, I’m always upgrading my phone, but I do know only provides the first phone free and it’s clearly stated.

  6. Manuel Montero says

    my cellphone is messed up i cant see my screen or make any phone calls. or see any number i was wondering if I can get a new cell phone?

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