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
- ReachOut Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- Assist Wireless
- Budget Mobile
- 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:
- Food Stamps
- Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
- 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|
|For each additional member add $5,481 annual or $457 monthly|
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