Washington State Cell Phones for the Poor

Believe it or not, not everyone in the state of Washington works for Microsoft or Boeing. In fact, a considerable number don’t work at all.

Fact is, there’s a lot less green in the Evergreen State than there used to be. Greenbacks, that is.

Luckily, the Lifeline phone service program is alive and well in Washington. That means the state’s residents who find themselves in financial hardship can get free cell phones and free minutes every month to take care of all their basic and emergency needs.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Washington:

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

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 Washington:

Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Washington:

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

  • Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally-Administered Head Start Program (income based only)
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

In the state of Washington, you may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The chart below shows these calculated income levels:

Income Based Eligibility for Washington
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

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  1. Kathy says

    Who pays for these phones. I do not see this as a necessity and not fair to others who work for their phones. And no they do not need phones the elderly and school children survived just fine before this program .Is this more tax payer money being used.

    • Krista says

      My son’s father has multiple sclerosis. He has poor time management because of the way his brain is impaired and may forgot things, get lost, or become too sick to walk back home (he can no longer drive). Perhaps the cell phone companies donated the phones/time… but chances are that the taxpayers are all paying rich corporations. Don’t worry, they won’t get what you pay for, crap phones, poor service, and 250 minutes. And then their is always the disrespectful judgment from people like you who judge others without knowing any better.

  2. S.Lee says

    I qualify for low income pud assistance, but Verizon is the on
    Y phone that works or here. What options do I have?

  3. haronchae says


    my husbund and i we are lowincome so we got a foodstamp service.
    i like to know how can i apply free phone? i need an information.

    Thank you.
    sharon chae

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      We can’t send you information, but we’ve written up all you need to know. It’s this page you are on.

  4. Dian Eakin says

    The cost of my phone is going up. I live is an Assisted Living facility which is very expensive.
    A free phone would be great.



  6. Denise Stanton says

    I need your help in which program to get into for a phone.They all are diferent and have no idea which to choose. Live in Washington .Please help me figure out who to choose.I have NO MONEY/

  7. Globetrotter says

    I’m in WA state and it’s totally crazy: I am eligible for free phone based on my income level, but every time I apply they want my DSHS client number and I don’t have one, since I’ve never been their client! And because I can’t provide DSHS client number – they won’t give me a phone… How crazy is that!

  8. michael fletcher says

    how come i can not find a assurance wireless compatibale phone anymore mine got ran over and no one sells a paylo phone around seattle or tacoma wa

  9. Jeanette Doane says

    I need a replacement phone mine has been taken I need to know how about getting a new one my number is 360 **** 198 that is my budget mobile number thank you

  10. heather says

    hello what kind of phone?! is it touch phone without keyboard?! I want a touch phone — no keyboard please. let me know how can I applied for a free phone. since I’m deaf and o need a phone to text and to look for jobs through Internet

    • Dee says

      Yes you can but you will have to choose which carrier you want to keep and might have to disconnect the Budget one first.

  11. Debra says

    I am trying to find free or very low cost phone service for my brother who lives in Spokane. He is Medicaid/energy assisted and medically disabled. He cannot afford the $56 a month phone bill but needs to be able to call locally and long distance. I live in Peoria Il.. He just finished radiation, lives with heart failure and will soon begin lung cancer treatment. All he needs is a phone.

  12. Sue Magalhaes says

    I am very low income, I only make 325.00 a month from social security, I am 63, live in Senior housing, it’s just me and my little dog I dropped my cell phone and told them, they didn’t say they were turning off my phone and thats been over a month ago and the only way I have to communicate with them is here at the library, they keep telling me it’s not a good address but it is it is 302 1st st #7 Morton WA 98356 I can’t take this anymore, I’m on the verge of tears, so I need somehow to talk and I do have an older computer at home. I did work, I was a caregiver Please help me!

  13. jennifer says

    I submitted my application with assurance wireless along with my documents of goverment assistance (EBT) last month. I never heard back from them. So I called. I was told that they could not find me in the system under my name. After a while, the topic came up that I was not elegable because I already have a phone under Verizon wireless . the option presented to me was, “to be activated with assurance wirless , my currant Verizon wireless account would be unactivated”. I cannot afford to pay the fee to Verizon to be disativated. There for I am unelegable.
    Is there a way around this? I am mostly interested in getting this phone for my son. I feel it would make life a little safer.

  14. Michelle says

    Met two young homeless when I came out of a store. One a foster kid who aged out and was dumped out by the state, the other kicked out by step mom. No high school diplomas, No GEDs , No personal ID, so very limited what they can do to help themselves. They live in tents, moving regularly for their own safety. Where do they go as they are like ghost people. Unable to get a library card to use free internet at libraries for job searching as they have to have an address with proof they live there as well as photo ID. The list of gov services is difficult for them to apply for or possibly qualify as they have no way to find out where to go or transportation to get there. Bus service is not free. They are like nomads, walking miles to find bits of food, etc. Their lack of food lowers their blood sugar and they are foggy brained, not drug brained. As an observer who talked to them for two hours, fed them and clothed them, i am exasperated how easy it has been for the state gov to turn them into throw away youth after our tax dollars warehoused them with no end results. What do you suggest they do to get a free cell phone, ID etc. Remember where they are currently tenting in a public right of way, they are two miles or more to any city center where some gov services are located. Too exhausted from lack of food to walk that far. Where would homeless charge a cell phone for free? Too many locations call it loitering, like the library as they don’t have a card etc.

    • Joel Holmes says

      Where are you living-The West Bank, Gaza “Strip,” or Northern Syria?? Seriously, giving away “free” phones ultimately FORCES everyone to buy a phone–whether they want to or not? What next–“free” govt.-funded “credit” cards for all? (In effect, we have that already because the banking system is totally govt. sunsidized [20007-9 “bailouts”] and regulated [since at least 1933].) This is the “problem” of so-called “Network” Externalities (e.g. Bill Gates & Microsoft software in the 1990’s alleged “market dominance” -supposedly achieved just be being “dominant.”) So, the more subsidies the State gives (e.g., to higher “education”–mostly, A WASTE of time for most college students)—the more it must give to other people. (See A. Michael Spence, Screening ; A Theory of Labor Market Signalling (1974 ed.) and other similar books.)

  15. Cindy Spanton says

    Is there currently a location in the Greater Seattle area (WA state) where people can go to acquire a free phone and service plan for the Lifeline service? We have always used Budget Mobile in Renton for our clients, but the store is suddenly closed and empty.

  16. Jennifer Adamson-Schubert says

    I am an unwed mother with a baby due any day. I do get food stamps. I do live with my boyfriend and his mother but I have no personal income and my boyfriend only works part time. I do get Medicaid as well.

    Please let me now thru email what I need to do to get a cell phone. I really need a cell phone for emergencies if I or the baby get sick. My boyfriend’s income isn’t enough to consistently pay for one. I am almost due and our phone is out again.

    • FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net says

      Everything you need to know about getting a free cell phone and service in Washington state is on this page above.

  17. Luke Mickle says

    I currently recieve food stamps , so by my understanding I think I qualify , please get back to me. Transportation is an issue that is why I’m trying to do it all through the cpu.

  18. GUS says

    i need to know how I can sign up to get a cell phone and calling plan. Also, I live in a rural area and want to know how I can get in touch with the right company to get HIGH SPEED INTERNET. Please let me know the two requests. I do receive FOOD ASSISTANCE and Energy Assistance now.

  19. Barbara Ragusa says

    I am low income and qualify for a free phone but was denied several times by assurance wireless and can’t figure out why? I live in a small town in Washington and have a physical address but can’t use it because the mail only gets delivered to a post office box. This isn’t my fault so what can I do? I need advice.

  20. Debbie Sharp says

    I qualify under SSI for a free phone, but because I live in such a small town, we only have a Po Box for an address, which you do not accept, why is that?

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Companies cannot accept PO Box addresses due to the FCC rules that are set. It’s their (flawed) way of complying with the one-phone-per-household rule.

  21. Sheila Hurst says

    My adult brother is developmentally disabled ,tho quite independent in several areas. He would need his phone in case of an emegancy.

  22. Keenan Rispens says

    Hey, I get food stamps and medical and I’ve been told I don’t qualify for a phone. Please tell me if I qualify or not because I really need a phone.

  23. Andrew says

    I have no income at this time. I do receive food stamps from the state. I really need a phone to get back up on my feet.

  24. Andrew says

    I Have no income, I have went to welfare and got some food stamps. I do not have a phone and would like to get one.

  25. Venus Kyle-Mann says

    need a phone just moved to Seattle, Wa.
    Have no income, went to welfare and got some food stamp
    and got medical.

    • Janice Dalessandro says

      I am low income, and I get food stamps and medical. Medical is through Group Health. My yearly SSDI income is $10,404.00. I really need the phone. Please let me know. Janice

      • Free Government Cell Phones says

        You definitely qualify for a Lifeline phone in Washington. Give one of the phone providers above a call, or apply on their website.

  26. Nadine E. Connolly says

    I am trying to get a new cell phone from the state since I stopped the service a few months ago but have been told that I can’t get one. I am still receiving food stamps for my son so whats up?