QLink Wireless Free Cell Phone Program
Q Link Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance provider which operates throughout the United States. A few years ago, there were really only three big Lifeline companies, but now more and more companies are expanding their networks. While Q Link is not as well known as the big three, it is almost as large, and offers three Lifeline Assistance plans for free monthly cell phone service available to qualifying applicants. These three plans are comparable with those offered by other free government cell phone providers. They also have top-up options and great bonuses for referrals.
You can get Q Link Wireless if you live in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin. Q Link is quickly expanding its services, and lists the income qualifications not only for residents of these states, but also residents in California and several other states which are not on their list. This seems to indicate that residents in other states throughout the nation can expect Q Link to offer service in their location soon.
QLink Wireless Plans
Q Link offers three Lifeline Assistance plans. These three plans are very common and are offered by other providers as well.
- 68 plan. This plan comes with 68 free voice minutes per month, and includes texts at a rate of 0.3 minutes per text. Free long distance international calling is included, along with rollover.
- 125 plan. This plan comes with 125 free voice minuets per month, and includes texts at a rate of one minute per text. International calling is only available at international rates, but rollover is included.
- 250 plan. This plan includes 250 free voice minutes per month, and includes texts at a rate of one minute per text. International calling is only available at international rates, and there is no rollover.
The 68 plan is ideal if you do not talk a lot each month, but want the convenience of international calling and more texts. If however you talk a lot, the 250 plan would be ideal. The 125 plan offers a happy medium.
Do I Qualify for QLink?
Q Link uses the same eligibility tests as all the other Lifeline Assistance companies. To qualify for Lifeline Assistance, you must either be living at or below 135% of the federal poverty level, or you must be currently receiving assistance through a qualifying government aid program (state or federal).
135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
|Size of Family||Annual Income|
|For each Additional Person, Add||$5,157|
If you do not qualify using the income method, you can qualify if you are receiving aid through a program included in the list for your state. Each state has its own list, since the list includes not only federal programs, but state programs as well. So you will have to check the list for your own state. Examples of qualifying programs include SSI, TANF, Food Stamps, and WIC.
There are two other simple requirements to qualify for Lifeline Assistance through Q Link:
- You must be living at a valid U.S. street address. If you do not have a street address, you cannot receive your free cell phone through Q Link.
- You must be the only member of your household on Lifeline Assistance. Only one phone is permitted per household. If someone else in your household already is receiving Lifeline or applied before you, your application will not be approved. If multiple people submit applications simultaneously, it will cause issues and delays.
Q Link has a lot of nice features for their plans, including caller ID, call waiting, voicemail, and free roaming. 411 directory assistance is also included. Additionally, if you refer a friend to Q Link, and your friend is eligible and able to sign up, you receive 100 free voice minutes that month.
If you live in one of the states where Q Link offers Lifeline Assistance, be sure to check into their plans. Q Link uses the Sprint network and offers coverage almost everywhere, and very reliable service.