Connecticut Free Government Cell Phones

When most people think of Connecticut, they think of ocean front homes occupied by wealthy Wall Street commuters and deep-pocketed insurance executives. It may be the last place in the United States you’d foresee a need for a program like Lifeline.

But the simple fact is, there are nearly 300,000 residents of the Constitution State who qualify for free cell phones from the government. Shocking. 300,000 people in one of our wealthiest states.

Like many states, Connecticut has spent too much and brought in too little. The governor and state legislature are now cutting back and the only solutions are to cut all government employee salaries or to lay off some state employees so the rest can maintain their current salaries.

In other words, the situation is going to be worse before it gets better and even more people will soon be eligible for the LifeLine program.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Connecticut:

Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Connecticut. 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 Connecticut

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 Connecticut:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Connecticut:

You may qualify for the free cell phone if you receive benefits from any of the following programs:

  • Care for Kids
  • Connecticut Energy Assistance Program
  • Contingency Heating Assistance Program
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid/Title 19 (including Husky and Healthy Start)
  • Personal Care Assistance
  • Refugee Program
  • Rental Assistance
  • State Administered General Assistance
  • State Supplement to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Family Assistance

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below, which are already calculated to the 135% levels:

Income Based Eligibility for Connecticut
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

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  1. Stanslaw Kowauskas says

    I was denied a phone from safelink because I have no proof of income. I have been unemployed for 3 years in Connecticut, have no income and have not filed a tax return for the past 2 years. I am currently not enrolled in any of the government or state assistance programs. Safelink will not give me a phone without a copy of a recent tax return, pay stub or some kind of proof of income. How do I get a phone?

  2. Katherine Soltani-Tabrizy says

    I currently receive Medicaid, food stamps Husky Insurance and am interested in a free cell phone.

  3. debbie vincenzo says

    Trying to see if I qualify for free refurbished phone..I am on state help disability and food stamps..

    • says

      The the page above and you’ll see that food stamps qualifies you. Disability does not.

  4. Ashleigh says

    I’ve had a government phone for awhile and I haven’t gotten my minutes this month on my phone and don’t know why.. Could you help me out?

    • says

      Penny, click through to Safelink or Assurance information, via the links in the article above.

  5. Marcy says

    I apologize as this will be 2 desperate questions about 2 different programs….I have seen online that some states and some private organizations help low income families by giving free laptops for students or for home/personal use…where would I begin to search for such a program in my area? I live in Connecticut.

    2. I have assurance wireless and my friend has safelink….my brother gave me his old iPhone (she has obtained a droid razr) we cannot afford to activate these phones….do any of the providers offer an upgrade program using a different phone other than the one they provide you? E.g. Would it be possible to activate an iPhone or droid using the free government programs? Or maybe Ben upgrade to a more modern phone with qwerty keyboard etc? Thank you

    Thank you.

  6. Doreen S. says

    I am a conservatory of my brother who has mental health issues and someone stole his phone… what do I need to do to help him get another one…he’s not good with other phones.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Contact the company you got the phone from and ask for another one. They may charge you.

  7. Candy Shapiro says

    We would like to buy a new phone for a person who is on the free program. Can they have a new phone and are there any restrictions. It is a thank you for all she is doing to help my mom who is in hospice.

  8. Marianne Kight says

    I am trying to enroll in getting a free cell phone, as I see I do qualify as I am on Medicaid and Snap, food program, but I do not see a link to actually sign up for this Thank-You