New Jersey Cell Phones for the Poor

New Jersey is a mystery to most people. All they know about the state is what they learned on The Sopranos. They assume the population is composed of two basic demographics: gangsters and victims of gangsters.

Fact is, New Jersey is a wonderful place that deserves its “Garden State” nickname.

Unfortunately, the state’s economy is suffering through the same problems as almost every other state. Its 9.4% unemployment rate is even higher than the national average.

Luckily, there’s good news for the state’s unemployed, underemployed and otherwise unfortunate residents – the three major Lifeline phone service suppliers do business in your state. They can help you get a free government cell phone and free monthly minutes if you have been hard hit by the economy or are otherwise financially disadvantaged.

Free Cell Phone Providers in New Jersey:

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

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 New Jersey:

Free or Discounted Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in New Jersey:

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

  • Food Stamps
  • General Assistance
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disable (“PMD”)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Work First
  • New Jersey(“TANF/WFNJ”)

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below for the 135%-calculated income allowed in New Jersey (those older than 65 may qualify with 135%):

Income Based Eligibility for New Jersey
Members in Household Annual income Monthly Income
1 member $17,655 $1,471
2 members $23,895 $1,991
3 members $30,135 $2,511
4 members $36,200 $3,017
5 members $42,615 $3,551
6 members $49,855 $4,155
7 members $55,095 $4,591
8 members $61,335 $5,111
For each additional member add $4,160 annual or $347 monthy

Latest News for New Jersey:

$3.7 Billion in Income Could Be Generated for the Poor by Making Lifeline-Subsidized Free Cell Phones Available to All Eligible Americans - $3.7 Billion in Personal Income Lost in States – Including CA, CO, HI, MT, NE, ND, OK, SD, VT and WY – Without Access to Program for Their Poorest Citizens.

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  1. Reymond Villanueva says

    Need some Medicaid, also the rep I spoke to showed me a Samsung tablet phone, is that what I’m getting

  2. Zdravko Validzic says

    Dear sir,
    Please let me in program for life phone.
    I am qualified for cell phone:
    I am disabled
    I don’t work
    I don’t have any income
    I have food stamps
    I living in shatter
    My address is:
    Zdravko Validzic
    *****, Hacensack, N.J. 07601
    Please send me mobile phone on that address. That is shelter address).
    Best regards,
    Zdravko Validzic

    • says

      No company will send out an application from a comment on this website. You need to contact one of the companies listed in the article above. Before you call, you should Click Here to read this article on how to get a phone if you are in a shelter.

  3. caroline says

    I don’t have a job but iam looking. I have 5 kids and for safety I need a cell phone. Can I receive a phone?


    • says

      You can receive a free cell phone if you qualify according ot the rules in the article above.

  4. Kamlesh kaur says

    I don’t have a work i have three kids I need cell phone and my husband income is low thank you so much

  5. Bernadette Cruz says

    I am looking for a cell phone for my mother Genoveva Francisco.
    Please contact me.
    Thank you,
    Bernadette Cruz

    • says

      We can’t help you because we are not the phone company. But you can contact any of the companies listed in the article above.

  6. daryl woolley says

    Safelink is terrible. The salesperson(Adrienne) came out to our shelter and promised us 500 minutes a month and unlimited text. Now my text are not unlimited and my reply to him was that the promo must have ended and I didn’t get it. Called safelink and they advised there sorry I was given the wrong info.
    Anyway to make a sale and then not back it up. BAD BUSINESS SAFELINK.

  7. ramanlal chauhan says

    i & my wife is not having any income.i m greencard holder only more than three years can i get govt cell phon. ?

    • Desiree English says

      I thank you guys for trying to provide help, to all that needs. Can i please have your assistance, regarding a free government cell or home phone. I have applied to more then one phone company, with the right requirements. So,can you give me updated information,on whose the best provider. In the state of New Jersey with great customer service.

      Thank You
      Desiree English