You may be wondering what could be better than free. And the answer is a simple one: Getting more for free is better than getting less for free.
With that in mind, we combed through all the deals offered by dozens Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone companies in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC to find the very best plans — the ones that give consumers like you the most for free. Without further delay, here are the very best of the best.
1. Budget Wireless: Offers low-income residents of Oklahoma a free SMART phone, unlimited voice minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data for free
2. Feel Safe Wireless: The Feel Safe California plan comes with a free phone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, 100MB data and 100 free international texts.
3. Feel Safe Wireless: Offers Oklahomans a free cell phone, unlimited talk and text, mms and 200MB of data every month.
4. Tag Mobile: Low-income Californians can now get a free cell phone, unlimited voice calls and unlimited texting PLUS 100MB of data per month.
We have a three way tie for the plans offering the fifth best free government cell phone plans. All of these offers are also available only in California.
5. Assurance Wireless: The California FREEdom Plan offers you a free cell phone, unlimited free voice and unlimited free texts.
5. Budget Mobile: Offers low income Californians a free cell phone plus unlimited free voice and unlimited free texts.
5. ReachOut Wireless: ReachOut has stepped up its game in California and now provides customers with a free phone, unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texts.
8. Tag Mobile: offers its Oklahoma customers 3000 voice minutes, 3000 texts, and and 30mb of data free
9. Total Call Mobile: Offers Californians 1000 minutes of talk within the United States and 1000 texts worldwide.
10. Access Wireless: Access offers financially-struggling Californians a plan that includes an Android smartphone, 1000 minutes OR texts, plus 200MB data usage each month.
11. TruConnect (aka Telscape and Surelink Mobile): TruConnect offers its California customers 1000 voice minutes plus 200 texts per month.
12. enTouch Wireless: Needy Californians can a phone and 1100 voice minutes and texts. That’s 1100 for both voice and text combined.
Let’s not leave out two companies that deserve honorable mentions.
Two Lifeline Assistance companies offer low-income residents of Alaska free government cell phone programs that could have made our top ten list except for one little thing (and we do mean little thing). The free government cell phone program isn’t quite free in Alaska. Those who qualify for the program are required to pay $1 per month for the same services that residents of other states get for free.
Let’s put a positive spin on the situation and say that these companies make a dollar go further than almost anyone else.
True Wireless: Oklahoma’s financially-stressed residents can get a free Android smart phone, 1750 free voice minutes plus 2000 texts PLUS 5 MB of data for just $1 per month
Assist Wireless: Assist offers Oklahoma’s poor unlimited voice and text plus 200 mb for a very affordable $4.95 per month
Alaska Communications: Offers unlimited talk and text for just $1 per month
Alaska Digitel: Offers unlimited Talk and text for just $1 per month
Easy Wireless: Qualified Oklahoma residents receive an unlimited talk and text plan for $4.95 per month
So there you have it. The top dozen deals in free government cell phones (plus a handful of honorable mentions), the companies and plans that give you more for less.
Obviously, the list is dominated by companies from three states — California, Oklahoma and Alaska. But that may well be explained that the poverty rates are higher than the national average in those states and the companies are simply responding to the local situations.
Nevertheless, we can always hope that competitive forces will encourage additional companies in additional states to step up their games and begin offering generous programs like the ones shown above.