New York: Free Government Cell Phone Providers

New York, which had the nation’s largest, most powerful economy just a few decades ago, recently fell into third place behind Texas. Manufacturing has declined, taxes have increased and businesses are leaving the state as fast as they can build headquarters elsewhere.

They leave behind more unemployed and more underemployed Empire Staters. In other words, more people eligible for the Lifeline free cell phone and free minutes program.

Free Cell Phone Providers in New York:

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

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 York:

Free or Discounted Lifeline Mobile Phone Eligibility in New York:

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

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program

In New York, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below, which shows the income levels calculated for you:

Income Based Eligibility for New York
Members in HouseholdAnnual incomeMonthly 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

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  1. Diana says

    My mother recently applied for one of these cell phones. She is 78 years old. The phone was delivered by mail but she was not home. This was on sat 9/27/14. On monday 9/29/14 she went to P.O. With her postal receipt to retrieve the cell phone. They can not find the package. Can she have another cell phone sent to her. Can that cell phone be tracked by the phone company.

  2. MD. Ahmed says

    My roommate has a life line phone with assurance. Is that possible that I get one of those?I have Medicaid with Affinity.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You cannot get one, from any vendor, if you roommate used your shared address on her application. Only one per household.

  3. shirley says

    i have recertify for the phone and they are telling me all the information i gave them is wrong…. if it is wrong they put it in wrong they need to get someone that knows what they are doing or send the people a phone it’s getting to be a bunch of bullshit just to get the phone updated because you move to a new address i sent everything in even on paper just a few weeks ago

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You have to first get your phone deal with Safelink canceled. Although I would not turst that the national records will be updated in a timely fashion, or at all. But if you wait until the end of your 12 months of your Safelink phone contract, if you don’t recertify then you should be able to go to a new vendor then.

  4. Joan Heusel says

    I’m an 81 year old women who had a free assurance cell phone several years ago. I lost it pretty quickly. My daughter is interested in a free home phone in case of emergency. If this is not possible, am I entitled to another cell phone with unlimited calling for a reasonable price. Thankyou for your help.
    Joan Heusel


    I filled in forms outside the office which gave me my foodstamps card several months ago, and never received my phone. I gave my home address, e-mail and SS number. It worries me.