Not everyone qualifies for a free government cell phone. And even if you are eligible, there may not be a provider in your state or area of your state. And for some who do qualify and are able to get a government Lifeline phone, the minimal minutes and low-end cell phone may not be sufficient for their needs.
So, we are always on the lookout for other mobile phone plans that, while not necessarily free, are inexpensive enough for those that don’t have much money to spend. We’ve only have one company listed at this point on our new page, but it’s a fantastic option. More companies will be added soon.
Cheap Cell Phone and Plan providers
Republic Wireless: Republic’s phones use wifi for talking, when available, but also for surfing the web, texting, emailing, photo sharing, everything. Republic Wireless calls its technology “Hybrid Calling” and it gives you full cellular capabilities and also lets you tap into the internet.
FreedomPop: FreedomPop’s basic phone plan gives you 200 voice minutes each month, 500 texts each month and — and here’s the biggie — 500MB of 4G data with 3G roaming every month. And all of that is free. Upgrades are available at very low costs. You can even get unlimited talk, unlimited texting and unlimited data for only $20 a month.
Ting: Another cheap cell phone company that is turning the industry on its head. Choose your own level of minutes, texts and mobile internet, and get a smartphone for way under normal pricing.
More cheap phone plan options coming
We’re watching both these companies and they have hit a sweet spot in the free cell phone service and cheap cell phone service market. From all reports, they are a huge hit. They are intending on building on their success with more phones and more plans, both in phone service and internet service.
And when something hits in the marketplace, others are soon to follow. You’ll see more companies offering similar, and likely even revolutionary, business models that will compete favorably with free cell phones from the government.
So stay tuned, it’s going to be an exciting time. And we’ll be bringing you news of anything that comes up that can save you money, and preferably not cost you a dime.