Virginia Free Lifeline Cell Phones

The good news is that 94% of Virginians were employed as of May 2011. The bad news is that still leaves 6% who want jobs and can’t find them.

Thanks to the government’s popular Lifeline phone service program it’s going to be easier for unemployed people in the Old Dominion to find the jobs they want. Because the program offers the financially disadvantaged cell phones and monthly minutes at no charge (as long as you qualify, that is). That means you can call potential employers and they can call you back.

Even better, Virginians have options when it comes to Lifeline. At this point, three of the largest providers, plus a regional provider, do business in the state.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Virginia:

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

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 Virginia:

How to Qualify for a Lifeline Phone in Virginia

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

  • 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)
  • Medicaid

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, the calculated levels you can see in the chart below:

Income Based Eligibility for Virginia
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 Virginia:

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.
$3.7 Billion in Income Could Be Generated for the Poor by Making Lifeline-Subsidized Free Cell Phones Available to All Eligible Americans - $3.7 Billion in Personal Income Lost in States – Including CA, CO, HI, MT, NE, ND, OK, SD, VT and WY – Without Access to Program for Their Poorest Citizens.

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