West Virginia: Providers of Cell Phones for the Poor

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.

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)
  • Medicaid
  • 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
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 West Virginia:

West Virginia Goodwill helping people qualify for Lifeline cell phones - We love stories like this. The needy are often those least able to navigate the waters of bureaucracy, so Goodwill Industries in Charleston, South Carolina is helping its people get free Lifeline cell phones.

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  1. Kendra says

    My fiancé and I get snap benefits together for food in the same household. I applied for a phone but he needs one as well for work because we have no house phone. He gets his own Medicaid on his own case separately Is there a way for him to get a government assistance cell phone so that he can keep in contact with his job because I’m pregnant and can’t be without a phone incase of an emergency and like I said no house phone. So is this possible, is there a way for him to get a cell phone as well?.

  2. homer jojnson says

    im trying to got hilp with getting a free gov phone I have three sometimes I have four grandkills with me

    • Kendra says

      If you get government assistantce then yes you can get a government phone. IT says one per household. Any assistance like snap, tanf, social security on a low income… or if you meet income requirements. Look at the chart and if you get any ONE of these assistance from the government you can get a free phone with minutes on it!!

  3. Elisabeth says

    My Grandma is trying to apply for a phone and she receives social security. Does she figure her income before medicare is taken out or after it is taken out? Also the income in the chart, $15.755, is that 100% or is that the figure for 135%?

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You don’t include or exclude medicare in the income. And the chart has the 135% applied to it, so use the figures you see.