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 $15,890 $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 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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  1. stevekingery says

    I am 60 years old and I receive food stamps ,Medicaid I have some Medical Issues and I don’t have a lot of people that checks up on me what do I need to do in order to get a free cell phone?

  2. Cassie Chinn says

    I am currently receiving help from social services. I have a ebt card to purchase food. I need a phone. I have some medical issues.I am 60 years old and don’t have a lot of people that check up on me. What do you need to do now?

  3. Barbara A Freund says

    What if I am having problems with a free phone service now. And want to switch carriers. Can I do that.

  4. mercedes says

    I need to get a free cell phone for my son is a minor wanna go find a job. My budget is not enough to pay me more service

  5. dee says

    i am a disabled vet and applyed also for ssi. i need a land line phone a cell phone and a internet service and basic cable for home. please help me.

  6. Katherine Jane Parsell says

    I am totally disabled and have SSI also have another supplemental income. I am not sure how much income that I get. I live with my elderly parents of whom have social security. I would very much like to have a phone that I don’t have to have bills or a contract. If it were to have that how much would I pay a month?

  7. Steve Davis says

    I received food stamps through Washington County and I’m in need of a cell phone and internet service so I can Skype my Daughter in France. I have no income and Disabled.


    • says

      Please read the article on this page and it will give you a list of companies you can call in Virginia to get a phone.