Iowa: Government Cell Phones

A recent Gallup survey measured the Economic Confidence Index in every state and showed that the state of Iowa felt better about the future than the citizens of any other state.

The survey asked about both national economic conditions as well as local economic conditions – including things like hiring activity in their workplace.

Despite the fact that Iowans are relatively upbeat about the future, there are tens of thousands of people in the state who are having financial trouble right now. The state’s unemployment rate is good compared to the rest of the country, but still hovers around the 6% level.

But there’s good news for needy Iowans. You may qualify for a free cell phone and free monthly minutes. There are three providers of these phones in Iowa, but one it’s the fastest growing company, backed by Sprint/Nextel’s Virgin Mobile and Budget Mobile is expanding rapidly.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Iowa:

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

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 Iowa:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Iowa:

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

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance

In Iowa, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Take a look at the chart below where we shows the income levels at this calculated rate for you:

Income Based Eligibility for Iowa
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. tina says

    What is the number so that my neighbors can get a phone. They dnt have internet so I really just need a number. Thank you.

    • says

      Each link in the article above goes to a cell phone provider’s page where you will find the phone number of that company.

  2. John scott says

    My father is in a rehabilation center, has a land phone I had put in and pay for, it has local calling only. As I live out of state would he be able to get a free phone to call long distance? As he could call and I would call him back as not to use up his phone time. If so how would this work and how to get this. Would there be any cost? Thank You John

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Each company has different plans, you should check on each provider’s website for his state to see.