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 HouseholdAnnual incomeMonthly Income
1 member$15,755$1,313
2 members$21,236$1,770
3 members$26,717$2,227
4 members$32,198$2,683
5 members$37,679$3,140
6 members$43,160$3,597
7 members$48,641$4,054
8 members$54,122$4,510
For each additional member add $5,481 annual or $457 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. 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.