Free Cell Phones for the Poor in Georgia

Georgia is lucky to have the five of the largest Lifeline cell phone providers in their state. Read on to see if you qualify and how to get your free phone and free minutes and texts.

Despite the fact that Georgia has one of the strongest, most diversified economies in the south, nearly 800,000 of the state’s residents are eligible, but do not take advantage of the Lifeline phone service, which provide them with a free cell phone from the government. Are you one of them?

The Peach State’s Per Capita personal income (2007) is $33,499. That ranks just 37th among the states and means that a large number of Georgians rank near the poverty line, and that makes them eligible for Lifeline phone service.

But if you live in Georgia you are in luck because you have four free cell phones companies in your state. We recommend that you contact them all to see which one offers the program that’s best for you needs.

Where to get a free cell phone in Georgia

There are many major free cell phone providers in the state of Georgia. You should take a look at each one before deciding which company to go with.

Lifeline Discount Companies in Georgia

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 Georgia:

How to qualify for a Lifeline government cell phone in Georgia

There are two ways to qualify for a cell phone: 1) by showing that your income is below a certain level, or 2) if you already participate in a even just one of many government aid programs.

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

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Senior citizen low-income discount plan offered by the local gas or power company
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • 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

If you don’t participate in any of the above programs, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below to see these calculated income levels:

Income Based Eligibility for Georgia
Members in Household Annual income Monthly Income
1 member $15,755 $1,313
2 members $21,236 $1,770
3 members $26,717 $2,227
4 members $32,198 $2,683
5 members $37,679 $3,140
6 members $43,160 $3,597
7 members $48,641 $4,054
8 members $54,122 $4,510
For each additional member add $5,481 annual or $457 monthly

Latest News for Georgia:

Bad idea: Georgia to begin charging $5 per month for “free” government cell phones - The Georgia Public Service Commission just approved a $5 per month fee on all “free” government cell phone workers. It’s a plan that doesn’t help anyone involved.
Assurance Wireless now provides Lifeline cell phones to Georgia - Eligible low-income residents of Georgia now have another choice in receiving a free cell phone and 250 minutes of service monthly, compliments of the federal government's Lifelink program.

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  1. jacki Bedingfield says

    My mother has been admitted to the nursing home after living with me for 2 years. I have got to have back surgery and will be unable to drive for 8 months and i am my mother’s only living relative. She needs a phone so badly and she only gets 50.00 from her monthly check. I must pay 25.00 weekly to get her hair washed and must pay out of my pocket her Depends. Can you please help me get her a phone so she doesn’t feel like I have thrown her away. Please let me know what I can do for her> Sincerely.Jacki

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