Wisconsin: free cell phones

Wisconsin has major problems in its economy. It has lagged behind most of the other states in business development, income growth and the development of talented young people. Residents of the Badger State have suffered as a result. After American wages plunged during last recession, Wisconsin’s personal net earnings have rebounded at an average annual rate that lags that of the nation and most of the Great Lakes states.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says that Wisconsin consistently ranks near the bottom of the fifty states in creation of new companies. Combine these issues and you end up with a lot of people who qualify for the Lifeline free government cell phone program.

Free Cell Phone Providers in Wisconsin:

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

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 Wisconsin:

Eligibility Requirements for a Lifeline Cell Phone in Wisconsin

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

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Section 8/ Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
  • National School Free Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Badger Care
  • WI HomesteadTax Credit (Schedule H)
  • WisconsinWorks (W2)
  • Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guideline for Wisconsin, which we’ve calculated for you in the table below:

Income Based Eligibility for Wisconsin
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 Wisconsin:

Business booming at TAG Mobile: Company offers free government cell phones in six new states - Tag Mobile is now offering free government cell phones to in six more states (Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin).
Assurance Wireless now offering free government cell phones in Wisconsin - Eligible residents of Wisconsin can now receive a free government cell phone and 250 free voice minutes per month from Assurance Wireless.

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  1. John Homa says

    My daughter Ann is handicapped and works at Goodwill. We, her parents, have been advised to get her a cell phone; cost apparently will be picked up by provider or ?

    I’ve done some research, but frankly I’m overwhelmed. I asked several people at Goodwill and related services if anyone can recommend a PHONE that Ann would be capable of using. Everyone said they could not. I also stated that “someone” must be able to make a recommendation, but still no response.

    Ann does not read so we would have to get a phone that can be programmed like “press 1 for Mom, 2 for Dad”, etc., Numbers must be relatively big. The phone will not need many features, just a basic phone.

    If you can make a recommendation(s) I would be most grateful. I will continue my research. Please reply even if you can’t help me.

    Thank you,

    John Homa

  2. James A Buckner says

    I have been tyring to get phone from Qlink now Since Nov 4 it is now Dec 8 14 . I live in the country I have no other phone I have no internet. So i go to the local library that is 5 miles from my home i walk that mind you i live in WI and it’s winter. This is my only was to communicate by going to the library to use the internet and useing phone apps so i can talk and make my appointments. So let me get down to business I have been told 17 times by email to contact them back within 3-4 business days . Just to let you all know i have tryed that and just for the record I have no phone if I don’t have the internet no phone internet but yet i get this email saying call as soon as possible . Ok i do have the internet phone right but the internet phone dose not allow yout to have the option to selecta number when you’re on a call . So therefore i can’t call them back and I told Qlink this in several emails .The thing about all of this is all keep going around and around .I tryed live chat with Qlink and all i get check back in 3-4 days this is a bunch of
    PS. I was supposed to get a phone call today so i sat in the library until they close so i sat from 2:00 -8:00 and no phone call is this telling something about what kind of service
    im’going to get
    Thank you

    James Bckner

  3. Linda Wald says

    Please let me know how to apply by phone, since I have a rural address and not a street address I can seem to apply online!!


    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      I FCC is aware of the problem where PO Boxes have not been accepted, but we’re not sure where they are on this. We’ll look into it again.

      • WW2014 says

        If you live in Milwaukee area, go to welfare building on 12th and vliet. There is a vendor in that parking lot doing it.