Maine: Free phones from the government

There aren’t a lot of people in Maine and that means the state hasn’t produced a lot of famous people. Former President George Bush had a vacation home in Kennebunkport. Milton Bradley, the man who founded the game company that bears his name, was born here. But unless you’re one of the few rich and famous, Maine has economic problems that may impact you.

Maine has the same sort of economic problems that bedevil lots of other states, and some that are even greater. Businesses complain that that the Pine Tree State makes it almost impossible to grow and prosper and hire more people. Others discount that concept.

Either way, lots of Mainers are hurting right now. The unemployment rate is considerably higher than most neighboring states and things don’t appear to be getting better.

That means there are plenty of people who need the kind of help that’s available only from companies that participate in the Lifeline phone service program that provides a free cell phone to disadvantaged Americans.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Maine:

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

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 Maine:

How to Qualify for a Lifeline Cell Phone in Maine

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

  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Maine Care
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We’ve taken the liberty of calculating the rates for you and have placed them in the following table:

Income Based Eligibility for Maine
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

Latest News for Maine:

37 States Where You Can Get Free Cell Phones from the Government - Maine just became the 37th state (plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico) in which free cell phones and free monthly minutes are offered to financially disadvantaged residents.
Assurance Wireless comes to Maine: Free government cell phones now available for Pine Tree State’s needy - Good news! Assurance Wireless, the second biggest name in the government's Lifeline free cell phone program, is now open for business in Maine.

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  1. ernest york says

    I have been waiting for 3 months for this phone and I keep getting a runaround ,, they said ohh you need to send a copy of you food stamp card and that’s all we need . so I did and now that isn’t enough . they are waiting on the state DHHS to verify , what a bunch of baloney and its just a big hassle and I am tired of all the bull and the many phone calls I have made to them and getting nowhere. Obama needs to step up and not be a slacker. This program sucks