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 $15,890 $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 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. JUAN DE LA JARA says

    I did an application two months ago and want to know what else I have to do to received my free cellphone.
    Thank you

  2. Brian Waiwnright says

    Good afternoon,

    I am a case manager in Harford County Maryland and I was referred to a Lana ******* who was an assigned representative to make an appointment and follow up for this free cell service. After several attempts speaking with this woman, she has informed me that she no longer assists with this service but told me she was supposedly directing me to the gentleman who has took over her responsibility.

    This has not manifested itself and now I am reaching out to this forum because I have clients who drastically need this service.

  3. Anthonette Cole says

    Just wanted to comment that if you sign up for the program in the state of Maryland ( I am unsure about other states) the carrier you select will choose the type of phone you receive. It will not be new. It will be reconditioned.

    With that being said I was shocked to just discover that I will be receiving a model of phone(LG 3200) that is 12 years old, reconditioned and only has a 30 day warranty on it. It is a flip phone-remember those.

    This puzzles me as I was under the impression that the program was to help low income people (or in my case no income) have access to cellular service.

    How is giving someone a phone with old technology ( that possibly might not work on today’s network)and with obsolete battery and charger (pre USB) helping them.

    I understand it is a basic phone, but heaven forbid (gasp) . I should need a charger or a battery-where does one get one for an obsolete phone ?

    Whom does one need to contact to complain about the accountability of the equipment being given by the cell phone provider ?

  4. Shelra Hightower says

    How do I find out who my provider is? I have called different companies and noone can help me.

  5. 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

  6. 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.