On one hand, West Virginia has weathered the Great Recession better than most states. On the other hand, the state faces problems other states don’t.
The Mountain State’s coal industry faces greater competition from other regions and other countries. On top of that, it faces even stricter government regulations.
So for all the West Virginians who have already lost their jobs and for those who will soon lose their jobs, we want you to know there’s help.
The Lifeline program can see to it that you get a free government cell phone and free monthly minutes to help you land an interview for a new job, to take care of emergencies, to stay in touch with your children and to reach your doctor.
Even better, there are a large number of major and minor Lifeline phone suppliers do business in West Virginia.
Free Cell Phone Providers in West Virginia:
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in West 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.
- Access Wireless
- American Assistance
- Assurance Wireless
- Budget Mobile
- Conexion Wireless * may be out of business
- Cintex Wireless
- enTouch Wireless
- Gulf Coast Wireless
- Life Wireless
- Q Link Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- StandUp Wireless
- Tag Mobile
- Tempo Communications
- Terracom Wireless
- US Connect
Lifeline Discount Companies in West 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 West Virginia:
Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in West Virginia:
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in West Virginia:
- Emergency Assistance (EA)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance ( Section 8 )
- Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
- National School Lunch (Free program only)
- School Clothing Allowance (SCA)
- Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly the Food Stamps Program
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- WV Children’s Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP)
- Emergency Assistance
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below, that shows the numbers after we’ve done the math for you:
|Income Based Eligibility for West Virginia|
|Members in Household||Annual income||Monthly Income|
|For each additional member add $5,516 annual or $460 monthly|
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