California was slow to dip its toe into the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone program. Most other states approved the program years earlier, and approved more companies. But California is making up for lost time in a big way.
All of a sudden a slew of companies are offering unlimited talk and unlimited text in the Golden State. And the companies that don’t offer unlimited programs are offering 1000 or more free minutes, which blows away the plans offered in most other states.
Here’s a brief summary of the free government cell phone bonanzas available for financially distressed Californians, but you can get complete details on our (California Lifeline companies page).
Companies offering unlimited talk and unlimited text:
Assurance Wireless: The California FREEdom Plan offers you a free cell phone, unlimited free voice and unlimited free texts.
Budget Mobile: Offers low income Californians a free cell phone plus unlimited free voice and unlimited free texts.
Feel Safe Wireless: Tough to beat the Feel Safe California plan. It offers a free phone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, 100MB data and 100 free international texts.
ReachOut Wireless: ReachOut has stepped up its game in California and now provides customers with a free phone, unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texts.
Tag Mobile: Low income Californians can now get a free cell phone, unlimited voice calls and unlimited texting PLUS 100MB of data per month.
Other great California plans:
Believe it or not, even the second tier free government cell phone plans in California offer more than the best plans in most states. Here’s what we mean:
Access Wireless: Access offers financially struggling Californians a plan that includes an Android smartphone, 1000 minutes or texts, plus 200MB data usage each month. Please note that the plan offers 1000 minutes OR texts, not AND texts.
enTouch Wireless: Needy Californians can a phone and 1100 voice minutes and texts. That’s 1100 for both voice and text combined.
TruConnect (aka Surelink Mobile): TruConnect offers its California customers 1000 voice minutes plus 200 texts per month.
Total Call Mobile: If you’re a qualified Californians, Total Call offers you unlimited calling each month, but dings you for a nickel on each text.
Like we said at the beginning of this article, Lifeline Assistance companies are making up for lost time in California. Assurance, Budget, Feel Safe, ReachOut and Tag Mobile are offering plans that are unlimited and unmatched anywhere else in the nation. Access, enTouch, TruConnect (aka Telscape and Surelink Mobile), and Total Call Mobile offer plans that are a step below the top tier in California, but still better than any other plans anywhere else in the country.
Twelve percent of the nation’s population live in California, but unfortunately, 30% of those living in poverty reside there. So all these unlimited talk and unlimited text programs are sure to be good news for millions of the state’s low income residents.
We only have one question: When will other states begin following California’s example?