Free Cell Phones in Michigan from the Government

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been described as “ten months of winter and two months of poor sledding.” But when it comes to looking for a job these days, Michigan residents face twelve months of poor sledding.

Manufacturing has always been huge in the Wolverine state. It accounts for more than 30% of the state’s economy. Of course, the auto industry is the state’s biggest industry and it has faced major problems in recent years. As a result, the cities of Detroit, Dearborn, Flint, Pontiac and Lansing have been devastated.

The state has tried to diversify by attracting more high-tech industries, but the effort is going more slowly than leaders had hoped.

Until the economy turns around, at least the Lifeline phone service program is here to help Michigan residents with free government cell phones.

Michigan is lucky in that it has all the big players from which to choose a free government cell phone. These four companies all offer close to the same thing, as they must work within the guidelines of the federal government’s Lifeline program.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Michigan:

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

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 Michigan:

How to Qualify for a free or discounted cell phone and service in Michigan:

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

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

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and we have constructed a table to be able to see those calculated income levels:

Income Based Eligibility for Michigan
Members in HouseholdAnnual incomeMonthly Income
1 member$17,505$1,458
2 members$23,595$1,966
3 members$29,685$2,474
4 members$35,775$2,981
5 members$41,865$3,489
6 members$47,955$3,996
7 members$54,045$4,504
8 members$60,135$5,011
For each additional member add $6,090 annual or $507.50 monthy

Latest News for Michigan:

Business booming at TAG Mobile: Company offers free government cell phones in six new states - Tag Mobile is now offering free government cell phones to in six more states (Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin).
New in Michigan: Free government cell phone company has special offer for Medicaid enrollees - Assurance Wireless has teamed up in Michigan with OmniCare Health Plan to offer unlimited calls to their healthcare providers.

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    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You’ve got 13 providers in Michigan, if that is in fact where you reside. They are all listed above. Check them all out and pick one. If you are asking for where there will be a street vendor perhaps, handing them out, we’d recommend going through the company’s website.

  1. Laura Jackson says

    My sister was laid off and her unemployment has run out. She does not currently receive food stamps (bridge card) or public assistance. Her cell phone has been shut off but she can not look for a job with no telephone number. Does she qualify?

  2. david says

    i work in a phone store and see people getting 4 or 5 phones a month.or more…its a program that started out good and has gone to heck… most people dont use these phones for anything but a social network….not what the program is about. just a goverment program that failed…

  3. Lovie Hooks says

    I am the legal guardian of my sister who is in a nursing home and is a Medicare, Medicaid recipient. How do I apply for her to receive a free cellphone

  4. Salvatore says

    I recently became homeless and just applied for assistance. Where do I go to get free government phone somewhere in macomb county Michigan

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      We don’t know where any physical locations are, just contact the companies through the internet of by phone.

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