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 $15,755 $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

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. 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

  2. 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.