Maryland’s Free Government Cell Phone Providers

The state government’s website proudly proclaims, “Maryland’s economy continues to outperform the country as a whole. Information technology, telecommunications, and aerospace and defense are leading forces behind Maryland’s economic growth. In the biotechnology area, Maryland is a noted leader and is at the center in the mapping of the human genome and commercial applications that result from its research.”

But those boasts don’t put meals on the table for the unfortunate and unemployed in the Old Line State.

The good news in Maryland has a vast number of both major and minor Lifeline cell phone companies that do business in the state, giving you a plethora of options for getting free government cell phones and minutes.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Maryland:

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

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 Maryland:

Eligibility Guidelines for Maryland Lifeline Service

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

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Electrical Universal Service Program
  • Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Maryland Energy Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Assistance
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Public Assistance to Adults
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Temporary Cash Assistance
  • Temporary Disability Assistance Program
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See table with calculated numbers below:)

Income Based Eligibility for Maryland
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 Maryland:

Conexion Wireless Serves Arkansas and Maryland with Lifeline Cell Phones, but Should You Use Them? - Conexion Wireless offers free Lifeline government phones in Arkansas and Maryland. But, should you choose them over Assurance, Safelink or ReachOut?

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  1. Christopher A. Koerner says

    Currently unemployed recipients of medical assistance. Son is attending school and seek if possible two phones for transportation assistance and he does not drive and is under psychological and psychiatric assistance

  2. Mildred Marie Hall says

    Application for 443-613-**** account number Mildred ***** **** **** Aquasco Road, Route 381 Aquasco Maryland 20608. Tagmobile customer service telephone 1-866-954-4918.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You can’t post persona; information like this on the website. We’re not the phone company anyway.