Puerto Rico Free Cell Phones from the U.S. Government

InformationPlease.com says, “Although Puerto Rico has the most diversified and powerful industrial economy in the Caribbean, significant population growth and insufficient jobs have contributed to social and economic problems and to continued emigration.”

Fact is, residents of Puerto Rico face economic hardships that are completely unknown in the continental United States. The unemployment rate in the Commonwealth is a stunning 14.7% (as of June 2014). That puts a strain on a huge percentage of the island’s residents.

While things may look bleak, there is good news. The U.S. government’s Lifeline phone service program is now available to bring free cell phones and monthly minutes to Puerto Ricans. Over a half dozen cell phone companies are now offering the program here.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Puerto Rico:

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

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 Puerto Rico:

How to Qualify for a Free or Discounted Cell Phone in Puerto Rico:

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

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program (NSL)
  • Nutritional Assistance Program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

In Puerto Rico, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below where we’ve done the math for you:

Income Based Eligibility for Puerto Rico
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 Puerto Rico:

Lifeline fraud runs rampant in Puerto Rico - A new audit has discovered than more than 200,000 people in Puerto Rico are fraudulently taking advantage of the Lifeline Assistance program.

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  1. VIRGINIA Anzueta says

    Trabajo para el Dpto. De la familia y fui durante el día de hoy a solicitar los servicios de teléfono por la compañía WIRELESS ( PLAZA DE RIO PIEDRAS) para llevarme el mal rato de que otra persona está utilizando mi seguro social para recibir estos beneficios. Dado a que es ilegal y es robo de identidad llame a la Junta reglamentaria y me dijeron que no.podían hacer nada.
    Deseo solicitar que de inmediato cancelen ese servicio.
    Me pregunto cuan confiable y seguro es solicitar estas ayudas o beneficios si estás compañías no toman responsablemente las precauciones para evitar esto. Cuántas personas posiblemente serán víctimas de robo de identidad y lo desconocen.

  2. Brunilda Torres says

    Mi sueldo annual es de $22,000 ,el mensual es de $1,817.00 somos tres miembros en la familia cualifico para un cellular gratis de lifeline.. Gracias..

  3. Doris says

    Budget does work in Puerto Rico also. I think you should add this one to the list.

    I did apply with Qlink wireless but it took long the process and at the end they told me they are operating in PR but that this is new so they are not shipping phones to PR. I did cancel my application with them right away. Now I did apply with Budget by phone because the online application form for PR is not available and there are not store at PR so it has to be by phone. Now Im waiting to they approve my application and get my phone. Let’s see what happens.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      “Budget does work in Puerto Rico also. I think you should add this one to the list.”

      Thank you, you are correct. We have added Puerto Rico.

  4. Doris says

    Para esas personas que viven en PR. Hice una búsqueda con todas las compañías que si funcionan en PR y este es mi resultado.
    Blue Jay: Localizado en Hatillo.
    Life Wireless : Con diferentes puntos a nivel de la isla.
    Q Link: Puedes aplicar en su site online.
    Safe Link : Puedes aplicar en su site online.
    Absolute Mobile: Estaré llamando por tel porque no se aplica online. Aún no se si funciona en PR.

    This is the result of my research and these are the provider companies which actually work in PR.
    I think you guys should check it. The other one are not woking in PR.

  5. michael smith says

    Se habla, ques dos,quiote taco en grande dos cell phonio’s? Que mucho mucho less grande burrito’s el burro! Carlos dos emparico la el sid, no?

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      We’re not Spanish speakers here, so we used Google Translate. I’m afraid something must have gotten lost in the translation:

      “There is talk, ques two big wad quiote two cell phonio’s? Much much less big burrito’s the donkey! Carlos dos emparico the sid, no?”

  6. Lydia Sanchez says


    Soy de Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Cuando solicite este telefono, me dijeron que ya habia un telefono asignado a mi numero de seguro social. Yo nunca solicite este telefono en el pasado. Me dieron un numero de telefono para llamar y reportar el problema. Cuando llame al numero que me dieron, ellos me informaron que no aparecia ningun telefono asignado a mi numero de seguro social, que todo esta bien y que puedo solicitor el telefono.. Regrese otra vez a informar esto para obtener el telefono, pero siguen insistiendo que ya hay un telefono asignado y que ellos no pueden hacer nada. Ni siquiera pueden verificar el nombre de la persona a quien le asignaron un telefono con mi numero de seguro social. Como es esto posible? Alguien esta utilizando mi numero de seguro social o cometieron un error. Por favor, necesito saber como corregir este problema. Nadie sabe que hacer. Esto es bien frustrante.

  7. Vanessa says

    How do I find out who my servicer is because I have some questions about my plan but I wasn’t oriented on who to and how to contact

  8. Ramon J Davila says

    Safelink invited me to apply since I am a Medicaid Reforma de Salud participant here in Puerto Rico and I did in writing via mail reply. They never replied in writing. When I called they said application 1783 1285 was declined because someone already received a phone at my address. Looking into the situation we discovered that *********** Cabo Rojo , PR 00623-3743 which is my valid address is different from ******* all the way up to ****. These are separate individual houses which particular owners different one from the other. I was told since the National Register of the USPS already shows 1 household receiving the benefit I should be denied the benefit. I have contacted both Safelink and USPS to look for a clarification in this situation. Please help me.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Yes, it’s frustrating how they look at duplicate addresses like that. We wish we could help, but it’s out of our hands.

    • Doris says

      I’m having the same situation Ramon. That’s why I just stop trying with Safe Link. Now I’m trying with other provider. (Q Link)