Florida Free Lifeline Cell Phones

Hard to believe, but 1000 people move to Florida every day of the year. In the past they were drawn there by the sunny weather, warm waters and inexpensive real estate. Many of them are retired people on limited, fixed incomes.

Lifeline to the rescue. While Floridians are working hard to get back on their feet, Lifeline phone service can provide a little assistance by offering them free cell phones and free monthly minutes.

Unfortunately, the economy has devastated real estate values in the Sunshine State, foreclosures have soared, and many of the state’s residents now find themselves in situations they never could have imagined.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Florida:

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

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 Florida:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Florida:

You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Florida:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • 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)
  • Temporary Cash Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs (Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Head Start Subsidy, NSLP)

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See the handy chart below to check your income (levels shown show the 150% level):

Income Based Eligibility for Florida
Members in Household Annual income Monthly Income
1 member $17,505 $1,458
2 members $23,595 $1,966
3 members $29,685 $2,474
4 members $35,775 $2,981
5 members $41,865 $3,489
6 members $47,955 $3,996
7 members $54,045 $4,504
8 members $60,135 $5,011
For each additional member add $6,090 annual or $507.50 monthy

Latest News for Florida:

T-Mobile now offering Lifeline cell phones in five states - T-Mobile South is now offering the Lifeline Assistance program to Florida’s needy residents. It's not a free cell phone, but it's cheap and gives you a lot of minutes.
FCC and Florida State Cracking Down on Abuse of Lifeline Phone Program - Florida has recently announced that they are working with the FCC to audit records to find families receiving more than one Lifeline phone.
ReachOut Wireless to Enter 8 More States and the District of Columbia - ReachOut Wireless is petitioning the FCC to enter Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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  1. Lisa Braden says

    I am relocating to Florida I have been a rep signing up people up for free phones for the past 4 years in Ohio. I would love to know of any opertunities available for distribution reps in Florida. I’ve worked with life wireless, us connect, and most recently access wireless I hired and ran a crew of 12 and a rep myself.

  2. Pat Roberts says

    I am trying to help a neighbor. She is disable on her left side from a braid tumor cancer at age 20. She has lived with her parents since birth in the same house. Her Mom died 8 years ago and her Father dies less than 5 years ago.She is living on $700.00 a month and her house is being foreclosed that was her Fathers which she has lived in all these years. She has no where to go and she is quite smart and has survived on her own all these years alone. She has a three wheel bike which she rides to church and the groceries. She needs any help we could get for her. Please someone help me to help her. I feed her almost daily with home cooked meals. She is a hoarder and has been given help from most of the neighbors. Some are getting tired of helping her. Please tell me what programs I can get for her and also She is not really nursing home material. She is far too smart and young to be placed there. I have tried ALF but she is really not able to go to them. She needs more income and help. Thank you and I hope I have reached someone that will contact me.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      Not if you are the only person in your household. The article above contains all the info you need.

  3. Tue minh Tran says

    I am 74 year old,having low income,about $670 per month from my retirement,$153 per month
    from my former company that will end up the coming May.I wish having a free cell phone which
    will help me in case…Please tell me what I’m going to do.Many thanks.
    Tue Tran

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      There is no reason to call us as we are not one of the phone companies. You choose one of the companies from the list above and contact them.

  4. Janet Porter says

    Hi, My income per month is $1309.00. I am 77 Years old. I am interested in a free or cheap cell phone and internet company. I had Food Stamps in 2009 and they took it away as I made $40.00 too much a month, so I have not applied again. The Young people need the Food Stamps more then I do. On January 3, 2015 I am moving to Good Sams a retirement place. My rent is $858.00 per month. It is very difficult to get housing for seniors, I have tried, most apartments want $2000.00 or more that you make monthly before they let you rent an apartment, and the apartments are quite inexpensive. Right now I am living with my son, daughter-in and granddaughter; it is not working out. I need help. I pray you can help me. I live in Kissimmee/St. Cloud, Florida area. Thank you so much and may Jesus and His Angels always protect, guide and watch over you.

  5. Mohammed says

    I have a Obama free phone . But it doesn’t work from last night . Phone is off. I can’t turn on. Phone num is 954 770 ****

  6. Mike Depowski says

    My son moved to Miami a few months ago….his job fell through and he is definitely living below the poverty level. Can he qualify for a free phone?

  7. Tiby Mata says

    We have 5 lines with T-Moblie, we need to update 3 of then, it is possible make the update with Lifeline Program?

  8. Jim says

    These programs all require a physical street address to receive a free phone. The poorest of the poor, street homeless people, do not quaify, even if they are getting SNAP benefits. You can’t put “homeless campsite” on the application. Most of these homeless people don’t have anyone who will let them use their physical address. So they stay trapped. Please correct me if I am mistaken.

  9. desiree roberson says

    I need a phone! I’m 19, trying to get a phone so that I can get a job, I read it all but it doesn’t say exactly how to get one! How do I get a phone?!

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      The page above lists three free phone providers in Florida. You just click through on their names and contact them.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      If you’re in Florida, just read the article above. Otherwise, go way up top to our menu bar and click on “States”

  10. michelle duarte says

    my son needs a kidney transplant can you please help us get a phone. for when he’s on the list for a kidney

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Sorry to hear about your son. The phone providers and eligibility requirements are on this page above.