NOTICE: Thanks to the new Emergency Broadband Benefits program, plans now include Unlimited Data! Enroll now while it lasts!
Get 250 minutes talk, unlimited texts and 3GB data
(And lucky California residents get unlimited talk and texts plus 3GB of data)
Access Wireless is one of the big boys in the free government cell phone business. They currently offer the Lifeline Assistance program in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
If you live in one of those states, Access Wireless is definitely a company to consider.
The specifics of the Access Wireless program
As with most free government cell phone programs in most states, Access Wireless service is absolutely free if you’re eligible. In all states other than California (which has an even better plan), you’ll get a free cell phone, at least 250 voice minutes, unlimited texts per month. The minutes can be used for local or domestic long distance calling and tex messaging. There are a variety of plans, based upon your state and potentially what you are looking for. Here’s how it breaks down:
All States other than California
350 minutes of talk, unlimited texts and 3GB data
Get a free smart phone, unlimited texts, free unlimited talk, and 5GB high-speed data.
It’s a considerably better deal than customers can get in other states.
Note: California residents should view our California Lifeline page to compare all the generous offers from all the companies.
- $5 for 250 extra talk minutes each month
- 10¢ each additional Voice Minute
Additional Data available:
- $1 for 100MB High-speed Data for 30 service days
- $3 for 500MB High-speed Data for 30 service days
- $5 for 1GB High-speed Data for 30 service days
- $10 for 2GB High-speed Data for 30 service days
- $20 for 4GB High-speed Data for 30 service days
- $30 for 5GB High-speed Data for 30 service days
As with every other free government cell phone participant, Access Wireless says that service varies by state. Depending on individual state regulations, the number of minutes and other services offered may vary and the ways in which you can qualify may vary.
In general, it’s fair to say that you may qualify for if you participate in a number of the government assistance programs or if your household income is 135-150% of the federal poverty guidelines (the percentage varies by state).
Website: Access Wireless
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