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 HouseholdAnnual incomeMonthly 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. 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.

  2. 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”

  3. 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.