Lifeline Free Phone Providers in North Carolina

The University of North Carolina student newspaper recently said, “Right now, Republicans and Democrats can both agree that economic problems in North Carolina are gushing. The worst recession since the Great Depression has caused North Carolina to make drastic spending cuts, but the budget is still far from balanced.”

The Tar Heel State’s unemployment rate dropped to a stunning 9.5%, but has since recovered. But still, a large number of people still need help as they are underemployed or even unemployed.

If you live in the state of North Carolina, you have some choices for getting a free government cell phone and service.

Free Cell Phone Providers in North Carolina:

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

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 North Carolina:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in North Carolina:

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

  • 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 North Carolina, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The chart below shows the income levels, calculated at the 135% rate for you:

Income Based Eligibility for North Carolina
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

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  1. Barbara says

    Where in North Carolina a venders will be set up? I was told Ayden, N.C. and a venders there….they were gone when I arrived…

  2. Jimmy Rich says

    I am inquiring about my mother and receiving a free cell phone. My mother is on SSI and disability. She only receives $1,030 a month total and after her bills she has no extra for a emergency cell phone. The home phone land line is paid by me her son. Can you please advise what steps need to be taken to enroll for a phone?

    Jimmy Rich

  3. Genevieve lantzer says

    i need lifeline services. I am 76 years old and live alone. I also need a free cell phone.
    Please call me at XXX-XXX-9234

    Thank you

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You are on the right page. Contact the providers listed on this page and see which ones provide service in your area.

  4. theresa willey says

    Hi I am checking on seeing if ican get a free cell phone..I get Medicaid and medicare,And see what I have to do to get one..Thanks

    • says

      It’s all on the page above. Please, everyone, please read the pages you are one before posting comments.

  5. dung vu says

    i had phone provided Entouch wireless free in califonia is 1100min/100mb data just used over 01 month in progarm suddenly is bockno active ! i just call but no answer(follow intruction) please help. thank

  6. Walter Walker says

    my wife is disabled and I need to call and check in on her it is very important that she she be able to know I am near.

  7. Elsie says

    I have POA for a friend who is mentally, physically and emotionally challenged. We got him a phone from Assurance Wireless last year but in March of this year, they cancelled his phone without notice. Since then I have talked w/ the folks @ Assurance Wireless numerous times and was told a different tale each time. Someone in the government must oversee the ‘free’ phones and the companies that provide them and their sorry service. How and who do I need to contact in the US Government to file a major complaint? As a tax paying citizen, I am appalled at the lack of service and the lies I have been told. My tax dollars are paying the salaries of these idiots and I want to let it be known I am not happy.

    Thank you.

    • Non Published says

      You have two options; and frankly, I suggest that you do BOTH…

      OPTION 1: File a written complaint with the Consumer Affairs office of the state’s Attorney General (presumably, in your case, that would be North Carolina). A simple letter detailing your telephone conversations with the company; including copies of any bills/letters/etc, will suffice.

      OPTION 2: File a written complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Again, as above, a simple letter detailing your telephone conversations with the company; including copies of any bills/letters/etc, will suffice.

      AND THEN !!!…. send copies of your complaints to the offending company with a cover letter stating you are still willing to give them an opportunity to resolve your complaints.


      As an aside… you can (waste your time) filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). But, in my opinion, you will be simply wasting your time. Why? Because the BBB gets paid by, not you and me, but by the business(es) we complain about. So, when it’s all said and done, for whom does the BBB work? — Just follow the money.

  8. Susan Ange says

    I am a present user of assurance wireless. My daughter Ashley Taylor was a previous customer. For unknown reasons on halls end her service was discontinued. She has special needs and does qualify for this service. She has on multiple occasions sent in all required information as required and requested by your company. Now unless someone can’t read and persistently denies her date of birth as it is on her birth certificate and which she mailed a copy of. Someone for your company may have falsely requested those items as to assume her idenity. Also there is no reason on God’s green earth why your staff continue to send her denial letters that her DOB is inaccurate or that her SS# and dob don’t match….She has sent your people a copy of birth certificate, NC ID card, and also a copy of her SS card along with the letter from social services stating her only income which is $194.00 a month Snap aka ebt aka food stamps…Now I expect she be sent a phone as she meets all eligibility requirements and there is no one else living at the address with a assurance wireless or safe link account. In the meantime I will be investigating any potential illegal immigrants or criminals whom may have stolen her identity!!! You may contact me at the email provided and I will give you once again her physical mailing address dob and SS#…. If need be I can and will have our local news station investigate this serious matter.. I am appalled and believe she my daughter is being discriminated against!!! The last phone number provided to her before y’all decided to abruptly turn off her service without explanation or reason was 252-767-6846

    • says

      We’re sorry to hear about the problems your daughter is having. But we are not the cell phone company, just a website that tells you about the programs available. The problem lies with whichever company you are dealing with.

  9. Chris Butler says

    I lost my job 14 months ago and have not found another one yet, unemployment benefits expired, so no income, I am the only one living in my household. Where can I get a free cell phone with no monthly bill?

  10. Lisa says

    My Mother in Law needs a cell phone. She is the only one in the house but has an income of $1660 per month. This is from Social Security. The table is confusing because if you base it off of monthly income, she makes too much; however, it says if you receive any types of government benefits, you can qualify. Could you please verify?

  11. Kimberly Koerber-Bauer-Koerber says


    My cell phone was stolen. Now I am supposed to hear a sex offender talk about ‘masturbating’ online and this is supposed to be me hearing voices because I am mentally ill. I need a replacement cellphone. My phone number is 336-458-****. Thanks very much.


    Kimberly ******-******-*****

  12. KT Pierce says

    I am trying to help a disabled friend of mine who lives way too far out in the boonies to have internet access. Is there a form that I can send to her that she can fill out and mail in? And are these smart phones? She needs to have some way of accessing the internet. Thank you so much for any help/advice you might be able to give!!

    ~ KT

  13. Sarah Hearn-vonFoerster, CFP says

    The people I am helping wish to use TEMPO WIRELESS as their Lifeline company. Why isn’t that company on the North Carolina list?

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      They are not listed for North Carolina, because they don’t do business in North Carolina. From their website:

      Lifeline wireless plans are now available in the states of Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming!

  14. Dian Freeman says

    I got my phone a week ago today through a vendor ,i have been approved ,i have a phone and a phone number but no one will activate the thing ,,i want to know why ,i have the book the charger everything,,i need my phone connected ive called customer service three times ,still nothing and i am on food stamps ,so why is it not working ,,,FUSTRATED

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Give one of the providers in the list of companies above a call, or use their website to apply.