Minnesota Free Government Phones

Ahhh, Minnesota. It’s the state known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Gopher State and the North Star State. But from now on it shall also be known as the free government cell phone state because this outstanding program is now available there.

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Minnesota’s unemployment rate in May 2012 sat at an enviable 5.6%. That’s a rather remarkable 2.6% lower than the national rate and only about half the rate of states like Nevada (11.6%), Rhode Island (11.0%) and California (10.8%).

Despite Minnesota’s relatively prosperous economic condition, there are many in the state who are suffering. Many who are out of work. Many who are underemployed. And many who are disabled and simply unable to work. No matter how low the state’s unemployment rate may sink, some residents will always need a helping hand. Especially the kind of helping hand offered by the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone program.

From International Falls in the north to Blue Earth in the south and from Moorhead in the west to Grand Portage in the east, tens of thousands of Minnesota residents need help. In fact, according to recent statistics, half a million of the state’s residents currently live in poverty.

Help is on the way for those needy Minnesotans. Life Wireless was the first company to make the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone program available to low income state residents, and Assurance Wireless entered Minnesota in January 2013.

If they qualify they can now get a free government cell phone plus 250 free minutes per month. And that, of course, can help them land a good job and break the cycle of poverty.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Minnesota:

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

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 Minnesota:

Free of Discounted Cell Phone Eligibility in Minnesota:

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

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamps
  • Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Medicaid (not Medicare)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program
  • Income at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

In Minnesota, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below with these calculated income levels:

Income Based Eligibility for Minnesota
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 Minnesota:

Assurance Wireless brings free government cell phone program to Minnesota - Assurance Wireless has begun competing with Life Wireless in the free government cell phone market in the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota introduces fantastic new way to distribute free government cell phones - Life Wireless free government cell phones are now being distributed by FreePhoneMN in Minnesota through the public library system.

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  1. Robin Aspling says

    I reported my free govt. phone lost or stolen about a year ago and I never had it replaced. I assumed it was shut down. Just recently I attempted to get another govt. phone and was told that I still have a phone in my name. I was also told that I would have to have the old phone shut down before I could get a new one. Now I understand that if I do not make at least one call a month on that phone then it will be shut down right? If I lost the phone or it was stolen about a year ago, and it is still active then somebody has to be using it ! I do not remember who the carrier was or the phone number that was issued for the phone. All I know is that my name and info comes up in the main system as having a govt. phone still active. Who do I contact to find out who it is that is the carrier so I can have the phone shut down ?

  2. Maytham says

    Is it okay if you sign up for more than 1 companies or plan ? Like for example I sign up for life wireless and Q link wireless?

  3. Antoine Baker says

    Ive been waiting for a week for my phone to come in the mail how can i check to see where my phone is ??

  4. michelle says

    hi !so i went to use my phone and it says to call costumer service,but i dontknow who costumer service is for these phones.does anyone have any info please?i have no service at all,like i got cutt off.i didnt go over my minutes,so i dont know what happen?but if anyone knows the number to call,thats be great.i cant find it.thank you again!michelle

  5. Laurel Caplan says

    I applied and FAXED over all information needed on 10/27/14 to receive my assurance free cell phone. I talked to a representative the next day and all my data had been RECEIVED. Because I am cancelling my CenturyLink landline phone service before November 8th – day of payment, Assurance representative told me he would expedite my info and send me the Assurance phone by November 5th or so. When I called your phone number today on Nov. 3rd to make sure the phone shipped, the representative told me I was not yet approved!!!! The Representative WAS WRONG! I have been approved and I want to know when my phone SHIPPED! I need a tracking # immediately! Thank you…
    Lauren Caplan

  6. Abdi says

    How can i help single mom with disabled child with 24 hrs Nursing Assisting who needs free phone and internet because to get committed night shift nurse requires internet access due to the fact that they might need wifi to have access to their study while they caring the person. Not for fun just for educational, they might be student. Zipcode 55408. Please drop me an email. I am really need to help this person’s child. I personally can not afford to pay her bills.

    • Dan Mack says

      Phones are available from many sources, you can apply on-line easily, I don’t know of any free internet, but Century Link offers their “Basics” program for low-income folks. Great internet service and really cheap, like $10 a month or less! I use them, I’m in zip code 55403.

  7. Molly O says

    Is it possible to have a one page flyer emailed to me about free phones in Minnesota? I would love to refer clients to this program. Thanks!