Get a free smartphone, 750 minutes of talk, unlimited texts, plus 1GB of data free each month.
California and Oklahoma residents get even more.
Life Wireless is a regional cell phone provider that offers Lifeline free government cell phone service in nine states — California, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin.
All nine states (non-tribal) – Get a smart phone, 750 minutes of nationwide talk, and unlimited texting
Tribal Plan (Oklahoma) – Get a smart phone, unlimited nationwide talk, text, picture messaging, free roaming, and 1.5GB of high-speed data.
Infiniti also offers convenient, relatively-inexpensive top-up plans:
Voice Top-Ups: $4 for 100 minutes, $12 for 500 minutes, or $20 for 1000 minutes. These are all 30 days plans so unused minutes do not roll over to the following month
Data Top-Ups: $4 for 100MB, $15 for 500MB, or $20 for 1GB (We cannot in good conscience recommend any of these data top-up plans because they are outrageously expensive.)
1000 minutes talk, unlimited text, unlimited MMS, 3GB data – Free
California Plan #1
Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited MMS, 3GB data – Free
California Plan #2
Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 100 MMS, 3GB data – Free
Yeah, we don’t understand the difference between the two plans, either. If they’re both free, why would anyone choose the plan that offers less?
How to Qualify
The qualifications to get a phone from Life Wireless are the same as for the other companies in the same states. In general, any of the following qualifies you:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Food Stamps
- Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Senior Citizen Low-Income Discount Plan (offered by the local gas or power company)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Income at or below 135% of federal poverty level* (proof required)
The Life Wireless cell phone comes with free voicemail, caller id, call waiting, 3-way calling, call forwarding, and has no roaming charges. There are no charges for domestic long distance calls. International calls are allowed, but chargeable.
There is mention on the company’s website of text messaging ability, but we cannot find mention of the cost. If it is like every other vendor, each text message received or sent is charged a portion of the monthly minutes. (We’ve asked and will update this page.)
We do not know if unused minutes rollover each month. (We’ve asked and will update this page.)
If you already have an existing unlocked GSM phone, you can use it and simply order a Life Wireless SIM card. This free SIM card can be inserted into your handset and activated for immediate use.
Website: Life Wireless
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