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 HouseholdAnnual incomeMonthly Income
1 member$15,755$1,313
2 members$21,236$1,770
3 members$26,717$2,227
4 members$32,198$2,683
5 members$37,679$3,140
6 members$43,160$3,597
7 members$48,641$4,054
8 members$54,122$4,510
For each additional member add $5,481 annual or $457 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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  1. 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?

  2. 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