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 $17,655 $1,471
2 members $23,895 $1,991
3 members $30,135 $2,511
4 members $36,200 $3,017
5 members $42,615 $3,551
6 members $49,855 $4,155
7 members $55,095 $4,591
8 members $61,335 $5,111
For each additional member add $4,160 annual or $347 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. Mulin Wang says

    Good evening! I have one question to ask.
    The phone has not been working for about a week. It could not answer the call, insteading there is a automatic voice “the person you called is unavailable now”. Why is that?
    Thanks and have a wonderful week!
    PS: the phone number is 850212****

  2. Shirley alford says

    I get food stamps and have been trying to get a phone for 5 months, thank goodness my friend gave me an email

  3. o j carlo says

    now that so many people received a free phone then found out that they don’t qualify, please implement a program to exhort people to dispose of their free phone appropriately rather than trash the lithium batteries which are hazardous to the environment. thanks.

  4. Kimberly valera says

    I would like a free cell phone because I am planning on going to school and can`t afford a cell phone. Times are hard and I need to stay in touch with my parents.
    How can I get a free cell phone?

  5. lisavincentio says

    I know lots of peoplewho have free phone and then pay for a 2nd one with the larger co. why do they do that if they can afford a phone they are taking from someone less fortunate. it is really thievery and should be punishable. no wonder those who meed it can get it. people le about their dependents and so much….how com they don’t get caught and myself the last 2 weeks of the month I am eating d0llar frozen foods or go to bed hungry wuich makes my health worse, I am on disability and so scared of being homeless. wish I could get ivolved in program finding those who take advantage and pay it forward. I would do it free from my bed wre I spend a lot of time due to my disability

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      You are absolutely right — it’s very unfair. Some people are just selfish and take anything they can for free.

  6. lisavincentio says

    need as much help as I can get . been trying to get sect 8 app or 3 yrs and could be homeless by year end. I am disabled widoowed and were I kive know takes sec 8, I have aphone just have hardtime paying monthly fees. please advise where to go from here. thank you

  7. Lucia Skaife says

    I am crying. I closed this site once from my tears they are stillhhere but even with safelink I have been paying 50 plus fora”regular” pay as you go for unlimited phone service. I can not afford life line. I just want to be able to Google things and the free phone does not offer that unless you buy a better phone and pay yet another high price. I need help. I will find a number to call tomorrow. I have to go to bed. I will pray like always and thank GOD for the help I feel I have found. No cable. A good antenna. No internet so a phone that I can Google on. I asked for affordable smart phones made in the USA and I got this web site. God

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      We appreciate and thank you for your service, however being a vet is not a qualifier. You will need to be eligible under the rules listed in the article above.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      1. You need to contact one of the vendors in Florida to get a phone.
      2. You only get one phone per household.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 ****

  13. 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?

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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”

  17. 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.