Oklahoma Government Cell Phones

It’s not free, but it’s only $1, and you get 1,000 minutes or texts.

There’s a famous black and white Depression era photograph that symbolizes Oklahoma in a lot of people’s minds – a poverty-stricken family with all their worldly possessions packed atop their car as they leave the Sooner State behind and head for better times in California.

Oklahoma has come a long way in the last 80 years, but that photograph still hits far too close to home for too many of the state’s residents.

An article in the Tulsa World said, “In fact, if anything, the consequences of poverty are growing worse in Oklahoma. Consider this shocking statistic: Currently about a third of Oklahoma’s population is receiving government assistance for food or health care. And that figure is expected to grow in the coming year.”

A large percentage of Sooner state families and individuals are facing terrible hardships in today’s shaky economy. Sadly, the number of Oklahoma residents who have turned to public assistance is at historic highs.

There have been several rounds of state budget cuts and now the specter of federal budget cuts looms large. Financial security is now a distant memory for many families.

The Department of Human Services, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and the Oklahoma Policy Institute all warn that poverty is at a crisis level in the state.

Consider this: Oklahoma’s poverty rate of 15.7% compared to the national average of 13.2%. And we’re sad to report that the official poverty rate for children in the state is a shocking 22%.

The Tulsa World says, “More than 30 percent of Oklahoma African-Americans are poor by the 2009 federal standard; nearly 22 percent of Indians, and nearly 29 percent of Hispanics.“ Unfortunately, a third of Oklahomans are now on food stamps or Medicaid. The number of Oklahomans on food stamps has grown more than 62% since 2002. Medicaid enrollment has grown by 43% since 2002.

There is a ray of sunlight, however. The Lifeline free cell phones from the government program has now come to Oklahoma and those citizens who need it most can now benefit from this fine program.

Unlike most other states, Oklahoma chose not to allow the Lifeline free cell phone program to be absolutely free, but requires some payment, we suppose so that the phone recipient has “skin in the game.” But here’s the good news: for only $1 you get a very generous 1,000 minutes or 1,000 texts! We’ll take that over 250 free minutes anytime.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Oklahoma:

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

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 Oklahoma:

How to Qualify for a Lifeline Phone in Oklahoma

You may be eligible if you receive benefits from any of the following programs:

  • Aid to Families
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Ok Sales Tax Relief
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Including hearing impaired)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered TANF
  • Head Start (income qualifying/ residents of Tribal Lands only)

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as calculated and outlined in the following table:

Income Based Eligibility for Oklahoma
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 Oklahoma:

Extra Lifeline discounts available to nearly all residents of Oklahoma - Thanks to a twist in history, almost every resident of Oklahoma qualifies for special cell phone and home telephone discounts that are unavailable to most residents of other states. These special discounts can add up to $100 or more.
Cities cracking down on free government cell phone vendors - Illegal street vendors offering free government cell phones have become a problem in Oklahoma, since the state pays more per new phone given out than other states.
The free government cell phone program comes to Oklahoma. With a little twist. - In Oklahoma, many residents can get a government cell phone and 1000 minutes of air time or 1000 texts each month for just $1.
$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. Cheryl says

    I tried to get services and it appears someone else is using my address. I have lived here at this same address for 14 years, nobody had my permission. What can I do?
    Nobody seems to be able to help.

  2. Talysa james says

    I was wondering if I was eligible for a phone I’m Native American, I also get food stamps but My kids and I on someone else’s Case but I’m not living at the same address as they are now because My two kids and I are temporary staying with a friend, so was curious if I could still get one?

  3. Jesse Thunder says

    I recommend True Wireless. They offer 1GB of data with their $20 Entertainment plan! They work hard on offering awesome smartphones that are fancy and features-rich totally amazing. Now they have announced on Facebook that they are offering a brand new Android smartphone that are designed and made exclusively for True Wireless, the Vooz Vapor. Its available to VIP members now and will soon be available to everyone plus the webpage detailing all the information and specs of their new smartphone are currently under developments. True Wireless are currently petitioning, upon my feedback/request, to have plan(s) for the Deaf/HoH offering anywhere from more to unlimited amount of Data for the same price(s).

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      There aren’t coverage maps to check, you’ll have to contact each company and check.

  4. Delilah Blair says

    Hi, We get food stamps and help paying our gas bill. My husband is out of work. And right now he is in the hospital. So we have no money coming in. except what people give us here and there. not very much. We do not even have a car and I can.t get to the store or to the hospital to see my husband,or to my doctors appts.. My question is can me and my husband both get a cell phone or do we just get the one? If we could get two we would be willing to share the minutes between us.

  5. stacey wathan says

    Hi. I need to know how old can a child be to get there own cell phone thru the government if there are receiving medicaid from the government. Please let me know.

  6. Birdie says

    I am with assist wireless and the phone that I received was a hunk-o-junk and now I have to come up with $40.00 to buy another one. I got this with my foodstamp card but am also native American. My question is…could I change my plan to native American and get a free phone? Or could I change companys and get a phone? I really need a phone.

    • Katie says

      Assist Wireless has a Love your phone program. If you are not happy with your phone, Assist Wireless will swap it for a different model. You can go into any of their stores and ask for this program. They also have a very good replacement phone program if your phone is broken.

        • Free Government Cell Phones says

          Then contact one of the providers listed above. Click on company links to get to their individual pages to get their contact informations.

          • MJ Echolls says

            Thank you for this information, I keep hearing so many confusing (and often quite offensive) things about “All of these people on food stamps who have free iphones”. I have never even seen an iphone and no one “needs” these fancy phones. What I and other disabled or low income for other honest reasons need is a way to communicate and get help if there should be an emergency.

            I will look into the links you provided, thank you very much for compiling this list.