The Texas economy is the envy of 49 other states. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been added in the last few years and people have emigrated from other states to get them.
Unfortunately, when you’re unemployed, underemployed or otherwise in a bad financial situation, the fact that everyone else has a job can make things seem even worse.
Despite the job growth, the Lone Star state has still has a vast number of people unemployed or underemployed. That means a lot of people are competing for every job.
Luckily, you can get a free cell phone from the government to help you get in contact with employers, and to simply have for emergencies and other important calls. That’s right, the Lifeline phone service program will help let you get a free cell phone and free minutes from several vendors in your state:
Free Cell Phone Providers in Texas:
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Texas. 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.
- Access Wireless
- Assurance Wireless
- enTouch Wireless
- Life Wireless
- Q Link Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- StandUp Wireless
- Tag Mobile
- True Wireless
Lifeline Discount Companies in Texas
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 Texas:
Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Texas:
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Texas:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and you can see those calculated limits in the table below. Please note that we have seen conflicting numbers for Texas among the providers–some say 135% and some say 150%.
|Income Based Eligibility for Texas|
|Members in Household||Annual income|
|For each additional member add $6,048 annually|
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