If you’ve made it to this page on our site, hopefully you have already read our overview and qualification pages. If not, we recommend you go back and read those first so you understand this section in context. Once you have read those pages (or if you have already), then read on to find out how you can actually get a free government cell phone.
Applying for one is quite easy, and only takes a few minutes. The application is only a couple of pages long. You do need to be ready to provide proof of your income or your participation in a qualifying assistance program. Make sure you fill out your form thoroughly and correctly without leaving any blanks, and that you provide all requested documentation. Failure to do so may result in delays or rejections.
Three Steps to Apply for Lifeline Assistance:
Step 1: Choose a company.
There are dozens of Lifeline Assistance providers out there. Some of the largest companies like Assurance Wireless, Reachout Wireless, and Safelink Wireless provide service to multiple states across the country. Others offer service regionally or locally. You will need to look up companies in your area and select one to apply to. Don’t just pick the first one you see.
Step 2: Research and compare plans and companies.
Plans may vary, so read the pages of the companies carefully before you make your choice. Read reviews for each and cross-reference plans, features and costs (some companies allow you to upgrade your plan for a low price). Typical free plans provide you with 60-250 free minutes per month.
Step 3: Fill out the application and send it.
Once you choose a company, find the application page on their website (yes, you apply on the provider’s website—not on a government site!), and mail it in, fax it, or send it electronically. If you have difficulty with the form at any time or do not know the best way to transmit it, you can call the company’s customer service line to get help. Make sure you send in all requested verification documents, not just the application. The application should tell you what documentation you need to provide (it will probably take you longer to find the relevant documents than it will to actually apply).
If you are ready to start in on Step 1, proceed to the next page where we will talk about states served by existing Lifeline providers.