Tennessee: Government Cell Phone Providers

Tennessee has a lot to be grateful for, because it’s weathering the national economic problems better than most states.

That being said, many of the Volunteer State’s cities and rural areas are suffering through double-digit unemployment. Too many Tennesseans need jobs and can’t find them and many others have jobs that don’t pay enough to cover the monthly bills.

The good news? Four of the major Lifeline phone service companies are in Tennessee, so you can get a free government cell phone from any of them. Check them all and compare. The individual phones may differ, but the plans and free minutes will be the same.

Lifeline Discount Companies in Tennesee

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 Tennessee:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Tennessee:

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

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • TennCare aka Medicaid

In Tennessee, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We’ve done the calculations; please see chart below:

Income Based Eligibility for Tennessee
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 Tennessee:

Rogue Agent of Assurance Wireless faked free cell phone applications - A rogue agent of Assurance Wireless faked applications for the phones in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Terracom Wireless and Tag Mobile Seek to Expand to 8 More States and the District of Columbia - ReachOut Wireless and Tag Mobile are petitioning the FCC to enter Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
ReachOut Wireless to Enter 8 More States and the District of Columbia - ReachOut Wireless is petitioning the FCC to enter Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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  1. Malik. says

    I was trying to add more minutes for the first time since I got my phone. I could not locate the papers that came with my phone, but I read online to dial *2 to add more minutes. A recorded message prompted me to the selection for adding additional minutes. I selected the 300 minutes for $25.00 plus tax for a total of $28.47 billed to my debit card. After I did it I went to my account on my phone to check for the added minutes. A message came up that said the plan I paid for could not be used on the free cell phone I have which is a Kyocera basic phone. The message said the only way to use my 300 minutes would be to upgrade to a smart phone. I do not have the money to buy a smart phone now, and had a hard time paying $28.47 for extra minutes. The provider was Sprint. Please tell me what I can do to get minutes to my phone now.

  2. CHEEWEE SEE says

    We just move to Tennessee, and both have no job, but I have to two kids, can we apply for free government cell phone?

  3. greg says

    i filled out the application i recieved in the mail with proof i recieve food stamps as well as my disability paperwork stating what i recieve each month.I did this about 3weeks ago and have not heard any response or recieved my phone. The paperwork said i would recieve my phone within 7-10days if not less. I meet all the requirements so u should be eligible,is there something else i was supposed to do?
    please help me if i did something wrong

  4. Larry Bennett says

    You see I have never had one before but now I really do need one so I can try and get work to make money so I am no longer living in the Cleveland Tn Shelter where I am living at now……

  5. John Hardy says

    It shows that Access Wireless is one of the services that I can use in Tennessee. I went through the phone interview but after it was done the lady said, sorry, Access Wireless does not provide phones in your area. Who does provide phones in my area? I live in Gainesboro Tennessee and my area code is — 38562. Thank you.

  6. Carolyn Armstrong says

    Have had Assurance before. Let recertification run out. I live by myself, receive Food stamps, on Medicade, and income of 860 per month.

    im on Medicade and Foodstamps, My income is 860.00 per month and I live by myself.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      Then no problem. You qualify. Just contact any of the companies in the list in our article above.

  7. Eddie Tanksley says

    My name is Eddie Tanksley I am unemployed for two months but I am looking for work I need a phone so I can take send phone calls from pottentials employers

  8. Missy Hammond says

    To who it concerns, I am a single mom with one son. I am unemployed. .But looking for a job.I need a phone so I can .receive callls from places.. I put application in.Also if my son calls sick whateve. It would be great to have a phone.

  9. Larry Ragan says

    I have two question 1. Is the service on what carrier ( the only cellphone that works here is ATT. NOT Verizon,T Mobile or Sprint )
    2. Can I keep my old landline number if I accepted ?


    I recenntly got an email from safelink wireless stating that i can send and receive messages. I do not have the phone they describe. I cannot send messages from my currentphone. If i could, because i have copd this would really help me. Could you please email me more information on this heaven sent info.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      All the details are on our website. Click around on the phone providers you see on this page.

  11. Robin Williams says

    I’m looking to get my mother in law a free government phone as she is on a very limited income (13,524) yearly.

  12. Shawanna R. Pye says

    Good morning. sir or madam. Ive been unemployed since January 2014, I hav no income, and interested in the free cell phone offer,. Please contact me when your time allows.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      All the information is on the site. Assume you are in TN since this is the TN page. All you need to know is here.