Free Government Cell Phones in Texas

The Texas economy is the envy of 49 other states. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been added in the last few years and people have emigrated from other states to get them.

Unfortunately, when you’re unemployed, underemployed or otherwise in a bad financial situation, the fact that everyone else has a job can make things seem even worse.

Despite the job growth, the Lone Star state has still has a vast number of people unemployed or underemployed. That means a lot of people are competing for every job.

Luckily, you can get a free cell phone from the government to help you get in contact with employers, and to simply have for emergencies and other important calls. That’s right, the Lifeline phone service program will help let you get a free cell phone and free minutes from several vendors in your state:

Free Cell Phone Providers in Texas:

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

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 Texas:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Texas:

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

  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Health Benefit Coverage under Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance(LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and you can see those calculated limits in the table below:

Income Based Eligibility for Texas
Members in Household Annual income Monthly Income
1 member $17,505 $1,458
2 members $23,595 $1,966
3 members $29,685 $2,474
4 members $35,775 $2,981
5 members $41,865 $3,489
6 members $47,955 $3,996
7 members $54,045 $4,504
8 members $60,135 $5,011
For each additional member add $6,090 annual or $507.50 monthy

Latest News for Texas:

Business booming at TAG Mobile: Company offers free government cell phones in six new states - Tag Mobile is now offering free government cell phones to in six more states (Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin).

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  1. Tamjida Khatoon says

    i want to know what kind of package you are offering for low income people? What are the rate and how many minute ?

    • says

      You have to keep calling the company, unfortunately. If you eventually have to give up on them, go to an different provider.



    • says

      You cannot choose the basic phone you would get, however some vendor have options to upgrade the phone for a cost.

    • says

      To hook up your Aunt, give any of the companies listed on this page, above, a call. Read the eligibility requirements we’ve listed above before you call, so you won’t waste your time if she does not qualify.

  3. elizabeth says

    quisiera saber si yo califico para un telefono gratis somos 4 miembros de la familia actualmente resibimos estampillas y medicare

    • elizabeth says

      hola yo quisiera saber si califico para un cell gratis del govierno actualmente resibo cupones de comida y medicare somos 4 miembros de la fam

  4. irma martinez says

    very good response with assurance wireless n some nit-witted reason i went to safe link wireless the worst experience of my life now important trying to go back to assurance wireless n having the worst time ever getting my service reinsstated help me please

  5. Fonda Raymer says

    I am on food stamps and might be able to get the minute cell phone.I really could use one.thank you Fonda raymer

  6. Carrie Morkve says

    I need to know why I have no more text messages left? I called last night and they said that the reload happened on Sept. 22 and now I have no texts left! How could I have gone though all of them in 15 days it don’t make since! Please help me understand! Thank you Carrie Morkve!

  7. William A Russom says

    I am unempolyed and recieve no goverment help am homeless 60 years old would like to recieve free cell phone please thank you

  8. william r hlozek says

    I:m head injured and receive social security disability to help pay for my medical and other personal and live with my mother because can’t afford rent utilities and other bills. Would like a phone in case of need of help. when need to call for help. regular phones cost to much