Free Government Cell Phones in Utah

When you hear politicians bragging about how quickly Utah’s economy is recovering, keep in mind that the state’s unemployment rate was still an unimpressive 7.3% in May 2011.

Many citizens of the state are having trouble putting food on the table in these tough times. That’s why we are happy to announce that the Lifeline program has officially come to the Beehive State thanks to long time provider Safelink Wireless, and as of July 2011, Assurance Wireless. And we wouldn’t be surprised if other Lifeline providers also open shop in the state soon.

Now Utah’s needy can get the free cell phones and the free monthly minutes they need to help them call potential employers, to keep in touch with their kids, to contact their doctors.

All thanks to the Lifeline program.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Utah:

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

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 Utah:

Qualifying for a Lifeline Cell Phone in Utah:

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

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
  • General Assistance
  • Head Start (Income Based Qualification ONLY)
  • Home Energy Assistance Program HEAT/Home Electric Lifeline Program (HELP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program (NSL)(NOT REDUCED)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Refugee Assistance
  • Work Toward Employment

In addition, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Our table below shows the income limits for Utah, already calculated for you.

Income Based Eligibility for Utah
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 Utah:

Assurance Wireless Adds Free Cell Phone Service in Utah - You can now get a free cell phone and 250 minutes of service monthly in Utah, through Assurance Wireless (and still Safelink Wireless).

If you have any other questions, please refer to the links in the sidebar.


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  1. terisha spellman says

    I live in a small city that don’t have house to house mail. All of this city gets their mail at a it really sucks for us low income family’s please help

  2. Denise Platt says

    I had a phone through Safelink and when I had to re sign up I was told that they could not give me the benefit because I have a PO Box address. That is how I get my mail. I live in an apt on my mothers property and her address won’t work either. Why am I being penalized because of this. I need the phone just as much or more than anyone else that qualifies. Isn’t there some way to work this out?

  3. janet sypolt says

    I have my own cellphone however cant afford phones for my daughers to whom are special needs. I would like to always be able tp get intoch with them when they arr away from home. My 12!year old was. A parade a coupleof weeks a go. I could find her after parade was over i had to find police to find her took almost three hours to find her. I am on ssi and ssocial security disabilityboth my girls recieve ssi. We get less then want you say limit for house hold of three. Also we are in secetion 8 housing

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      If they live in a separate household, with no one else receiving a free cell phone already, they can get one per household. Only one is allowed per household.