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 $17,655 $1,471
2 members $23,895 $1,991
3 members $30,135 $2,511
4 members $36,200 $3,017
5 members $42,615 $3,551
6 members $49,855 $4,155
7 members $55,095 $4,591
8 members $61,335 $5,111
For each additional member add $4,160 annual or $347 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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    • says

      Everyone who owns a telephone pays. A few cents is tacked on to every phone bill every month. It’s listed on those bills as the Universal Service Fund. All those pennies are put into a program called LifeLine to bring quality telephone service to every American.

      In 1996 Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which states that all providers of telecommunications services should contribute to federal universal service in some equitable and nondiscriminatory manner. The next year, in 1997, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Universal Service Fund (USF) to meet the goals of the Telecommunications Act just passed.

  1. Mary Staples says

    I am trying to get information on getting free cell phone for seniors, I get $938.00 monthly Social Security my only income

  2. Lynne H says

    Disabled veterans is not on the list is there a percentage that has to be met if so what Idoes the percentage have to be I have Medicare but not Medicade does Medicare not qualifity folks to receive the free phones I have a 70% overall but receive 100% for not being able to work

  3. willie rawls says

    I have a safelink phone it has no service here in Carmella texas I cant get no answers why the people say I need to get verison but on ssi I cant yoy would think when you call and change address they have service any where in texas but they don’t have to go 10 miles and cant walk that far they took my tdl because I cant pay child support now cant call for help and no vehickel 65 years old and nothing

  4. william french says

    I could really use a phone to look for a job I need internet access I always have to use a friends phone when they come over please help thank you and god bless

  5. anele r says

    Hi I was wondering I know it says one per household I live with my mom at the moment but We both get assistance her because of my brothers and me because I’m pregnant. It’s two different cases. I have my own Medicaid and snap card she has her own! Would We be able to get two phones one for her and one for me?

  6. courtney says

    I’ve locked myself out of my phone. I’ve taken the battery out but all is keeps asln for is a puk code

    • Cassandra says

      You can factory reset your phone if all else fails. To do that make sure your phone is powered off then hold the power button and volume down button at the same time for a few seconds until it seems to be powering back on then us the volume keys up and down until you find something along the lines of “Factory reset” or “Restore to default” then use the power keys as the “ok” or “enter.” Hope this helps.

  7. Nicole Kindred says

    I’m disablingbled and need a phone. I’m with cricket, but they keep going up. I have a disabled son and I need a phone. Please help*!

  8. Freda Dodson says

    My parents have a free cell phone. My parents are 79 and 86. They don’t know what company it is with. They have lost the papers that came with the phone. The phone was lost from their vehicle yesterday and has not been found. They would like to get the phone deactivated so no one will use it, plus they would like to get a replacement phone. The number is 940-475-****. How can I find what company it is with. Their home phone is 940-937-****. I am their home health worker and their daughter. I help them with everything they do. Could you please assist me in helping them or contact them if you can not help me.

  9. SHAWNIQUA Mitchell says

    I apply for a free cellphone back in April. I haven’t recieved anything yet concerning my phone.

  10. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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