Massachusetts: Free Government Cell Phones Information

The employment situation is not improving much, and there are far too many unemployed, underemployed and unfortunate in the Bay State.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment peaked in January 2010 at 306,457. That number has eased in the last couple of years and now sits at a still unacceptable 265,588 (as of May, 2011).

For those of you who find yourself out of work and out of options, Lifeline phone service comes to the rescue. Now you can get a free cell phone and free minutes every month at no charge, thanks to the government’s Lifeline program.

Only one of the three largest companies that participates in the Lifeline program currently does business in Massachusetts, but luckily, that company is Safelink, the biggest of the big three.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Massachusetts:

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

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 Massachusetts:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Massachusetts:

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

  • Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children
  • Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • MassHealth
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered Free Lunch Program (income based only)
  • 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. Take a look at our chart below, which show these 135% levels, and compare your income:

Income Based Eligibility for Massachusetts
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 Massachusetts:

Assurance Wireless now offering free cell phones and free minutes in Massachusetts - Assurance Wireless is now offering economically distressed Massachusetts residents free cell phones and up to 250 free voice minutes per month.

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  1. Scott Woods says

    I need help. My unemployment ran out a few weeks ago. Most of my unemployment was spent traveling to and from interviews so far to no avail. I have no bank account, no cash and nothing left to pawn. I have no car due to a divorce. Trying to get a job, the last time I saw my kids was December 7th. One problem I’m encountering with no phone is no one wants to hire me because they can’t get a hold of me. Occasionally I borrow my brothers phone to call my kids. I’m begging for a phone to help me get a job and get on with my life. PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME.
    Thanks for your time.

    Scott Woods
    [email protected]

  2. Enedina Perdomo says

    I sent my application on 11/24/14 and still have not received the new cell phone.
    My birthday:09/05/1943
    Last 4 digit of my social:****
    PIN:sent by you:761351

    Please reply as soon as possible


    Enedina Perdomo

    • says

      We aren’t your phone company, so you’ll have to contact them. However, it’s only been about three weeks, and they are not always the fastest companies when it comes to delivery.

  3. Jerilyn DiCostanzo says

    I am the legal Guardian and sister for Mary Jill *****, who is 100% disabled, received SSI and Food Stamps. Would like to apply for a phone for her

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You should not post your address or other personal information on a public forum. We aren’t a phone company, you will need to enroll with one of the companies on the list above.

  4. syed Sabzpoush says

    Thanks for the assistance having cell phone. But unfortunately to me there are some problems and neglect and default from the phone company and some times make the user uncomfortable add affected.
    I got one of this phone with 250 minutes free call from ASSURANCE WIRELESS.
    1) I was using about 60 mins received message your minutes are over you need to buy Minutes. No mins balance were displayed. After so many discussion with them. I had to cancel my phone and go to an other one.
    2) I applied for Safe-kink Wireless it took 5 weeks to get the phone. the company is in out of state or Philippine I don’t know but in the time of internet and advance technology you ask all of this company it takes 10 days minimum to receive a letter or application and …
    3) Anyway after so long writing and so fort I got my phone and thanks they give more mints and always display your balance. but after one month they inactive my phone without any notice I was in the middle of my surgery and they disconnect my phone and every day they send me SMS to buy minutes.
    4) I called them to ask why I received unfair respond.
    5) I talk to their Manager he said I will receive a letter I need to sign and mail it back to them
    6) As today July 24 I have not received any letter from them.
    7) When i call them every time they come up with different things
    8) I have released this phone for my medical and transportation and got stressful.
    9) Don’t you think this is MISS USING and MISMANAGING the Government money.
    My inactive phone number is (857) 234-5679 please follow up on this case.

  5. Rev.Ron Hoffman says

    He, Rev. ***** is 75 years of age and living at Blackstone nursing home in Blackstone Ma..
    Could u please send application to this email.
    Thank u