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Qualifying States

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The first step of determining your eligibility for free government cell phones is to determine if there is a wireless service provider in your state that is taking part in the Lifeline Assistance program.  There are three large national carriers that have service in close to 36 states and a number of regional companies that provide Lifeline Assistance service to one or more states.

In order to see if you live in a qualifying state, simply click the links provided below and follow the instructions provided to learn if there is a company operating in your state.

Assurance Wireless presently provides free cell phone service in 29 states and the District of Columbia.  While Assurance Wireless is not the largest or oldest Lifeline Assistance company, they are quickly expanding.  So if Assurance Wireless is not presently offering free government cell phones in your state, please come back and check in the future as there is a good chance they will be expanding into your state.

Assurance Wireless currently operates in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.  Clicking any of the links above will bring you to Assurance Wireless’ specific state eligibility requirements for that state.

Reachout Wireless is the third largest national free government phone carrier and currently operates in 18 states.  Like Assurance Wireless, Reachout Wireless is aggressively expanding into new states.  So if your state is not included in the list, check back for updates to the list of states they are operating in regularly.  Important Note: the map shown at the link above is misleading.  The map shows network coverage, but not the states where Reachout Wireless currently provides free government cell phones.  So it may be best to call Reachout Wireless to check your state’s availability.

Reachout Wireless currently offers free government cell phones to eligible users in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and WisconsinClicking any of the links above will bring you to Reachout Wireless’ specific state eligibility requirements for that state.


SafeLink Wireless is the largest and oldest free government cell phone provider and currently offers (or will provide in the near future) free government cell phones in a lengthy list of states and territories of the United States.

Safelink Wireless currently offers free government cell phones in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Clicking any of the links above will bring you to Safelink Wireless’ specific state eligibility requirements for that state.

If in the unlikely event your state has not LifeLine Assistance companies currently providing service, please check back here regularly to learn when new service will introduced.

4 Responses to Qualifying States

  1. joseph vega October 21, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    I desperately need a cell phone.I’m on disability and can’t afford to pay for one or minutes.

    • Free Government Cell Phones 4U October 27, 2011 at 8:11 am #

      Hello Joseph,
      Have you checked to see if you currently reside in a state where free cell phone service is offered? If not, please review the information we have prepared on this website and follow the instructions listed. If you qualify, you will be able to receive a free cell phone and free cell phone minutes every month. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  2. Becky Chenier September 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Need a cell phone.Can’t pay for one anymore. Can you help me? Don’t know where to apply for a phone. I live in Houston Texas 77026.

  3. cameron Jacobs May 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Dont have food stamps but desperately need a cell phone how do i get one?

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