Free Government Cell Phones in Arkansas

According to some statistics we read, the unemployment rate in Arkansas is considerably lower than the national average. But even though more of the state’s residents are working, they’re making less than average. The state ranks 50th among the states with an average hourly wage of $15 and an average annual income of just $30,870 (as of 2011).

We consider that to be a double whammy that makes the state perfect for the Lifeline phone service program. Luckily, it’s not just the unemployed who qualify for the free government cell phone, but also the working poor and others.

Six different companies offer the Lifeline program in Arkansas and we’ve listed them below. You can contact any of them to find out more about getting a free cell phone.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Arkansas:

Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Arkansas. They all offer different plans with different numbers of minutes, different refill options, and serve different geographic areas. So click through them all and find the plan that’s best for you.

Lifeline Discount Companies in Arkansas

If you qualify for Lifeline Assistance, but you find that none of the companies offer free government cell phones where you live, you have another option. The companies below, while not offering free cell phone plans, do offer substantial Lifeline discounts off their regular mobile phone plans in Arkansas:

How to Qualify for a Free Cell Phone, or discounted Lifeline phone, in Arkansas:

You may be eligible if you receive benefits from any of the following programs:

  • Food Stamps
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as these calculated income levels indicate in the following table:

Income Based Eligibility for Arkansas
Members in Household Annual income Monthly Income
1 member $15,890 $1,324
2 members $21,506 $1,792
3 members $27,122 $2,260
4 members $32,738 $2,728
5 members $38,354 $3,196
6 members $43,970 $3,664
7 members $48,586 $4,049
8 members $55,202 $4,600
For each additional member add $5,516 annual or $460 monthly

Latest News for Arkansas:

Conexion Wireless Serves Arkansas and Maryland with Lifeline Cell Phones, but Should You Use Them? - Conexion Wireless offers free Lifeline government phones in Arkansas and Maryland. But, should you choose them over Assurance, Safelink or ReachOut?
Insulting: Small Arkansas company calls Lifeline cell phone product “the Obama phone” - We know that many individuals refer to the LifeLine program as the "Obama phone,” but we’ve never seen it done by a phone company that participates in the program.
Assurance Wireless Expands Lifeline Cell Phones Program to Arkansas - Assurance Wireless has just expanded its program that delivers free government cell phones to the poor to Arkansas.

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    • says

      We’re sorry to hear that. We hope you can eventually get to the point where you no longer need to receive them. If you are telling us because you are interested in getting a free cell phone, that is in fact a qualification for one and all you have to do is contact one of the vendors listed in the article above.

  1. David Hice says

    I filled out the online app.
    For us connect free cell phone and its been a few days
    and I have not got a reply from them saying that I will reseve
    my cell phone

  2. Charles Elliott says

    I am checking to see if I would qualify for a unlimited minutes phone. I do not text, all I need from a phone is caller ID and all I do is talk. I am 82 years old and my wife is 69, together our house hold income is 1746.00 but with medical bills and prices of everything going up we are forced to cut out something to try to make ends meet. we are on medi cade

    Thank you,

  3. Jean Champlin says

    I am just checking to see f I would qualify
    for one of you unlimited minute cell phones.
    I am 73 and live alone … I would be proud to have
    even a flip phone as long has
    a Little Rock.Ar
    phone jumber if its unlimited I could call my kids.
    I live alone and my check each month is one thousand
    Forty nine dollars a month.. thanks Jean

    • says

      It sounds like you would qualify on income. Just contact the companies on the list above.

  4. Albert Cook Jr. says

    I was wondering if SSDI qualifies for a free phone. And if not why?If a person is recieving SSDI then that means they are a disabled person.Seems to me that they would be in need of a free phone as much as any of the other programs because they are diabled.

    • says

      SSDI does not qualify a person for a phone. Yes, it seems unfair, but they set up the eligibility based upon economic reasons not physical reasons.

  5. Larry McNeil II says

    I am homeless and just applied for Medicaid and SSI, what other ways can I prove that I meet the guide line for service?

  6. Gus K. Wellisch says

    I only received about ten minutes with my Tracfone. I live in Arkansas and I just initiated the phone.

    I have a government phone because I receive food stamps.

    Thank you