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.
- Absolute Mobile
- Access Wireless
- Assurance Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- Assist Wireless
- Cintex Wireless
- Conexion Wireless
- EnTouch Wireless
- Life Wireless
- StandUp Wireless
- Tag Mobile
- Terracom Wireless
- True Wireless
- US Connect
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:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
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|
|For each additional member add $5,516 annual or $468 monthly|
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