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Your Free Government Cell Phones Authority!

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Your Free Government Cell Phones Authority!

The economy is still shaky and times are uncertain for many Americans.  Struggling families will be relived to hear that the US government will give you a free cell phone and up to 250 free cell phone minutes a month thanks to the Lifeline Assistance and Linked Up government mandated programs.

Here at Fast Facts, we have one goal: providing the most detailed information on the free government cell phone program.  Want to learn how to qualify for the program, if service is provided in your state, or what companies you can get a free cell phone from?
We answer all of these questions and give you the information you need to make an informed decision on which cell phone company to apply to.

On this website you will find comprehensive information on the four largest free cell phone carriers.  We also provide details on the best regional free cell phone providers. If you want to find out if free cell phone service is available in your state, we have a list of states where free cell phone service is available.

Before applying for service, we strongly recommend exploring our site to find out which free cell phone service will be the best for you.  We are also going to give you some background information about the program. We will also talk a little about how to qualify for service and the requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for a free government cell phone.  You may be surprised to find out YOU are eligible – even if you do not receive government assistance.

History of the Free Government Cell Phone Program

You may think it’s too good to be true when you hear that the government will pay for you to get a FREE cell phone and FREE monthly service, but it is true. Depending on where you live (we go into requirements state by state on this page), you can get a free phone and free minutes if you meet the eligibility requirements. For most people, this is not difficult at all.

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In fact, if you are already receiving benefits from the government in one form or another (including food stamps or Medicare) you MAY be eligible for a free phone and free minutes every month. The program behind this miracle is called the Lifeline Assistance Program.

In January of 2012, the FCC Reformed and modernized the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Americans. While it first included only land line phones, the program now includes access to a free cell phone and free monthly minutes for those who qualify. This makes it easier than ever before for every American to have a chance to communicate.

At the current time, the Lifeline Assistance program is administered by the USAC – Universal Service Administrative Company. Previously, the Lifeline program was only available for landline phones. The effect of free phones has been dramatic. For example. the percentage of low-income households with phone service in 1985 was 80% when the Lifeline program first started. Since that time, the number has risen to 92%.

Leading Free Cell Phone Providers

Next, we have the four major cell phone service providers that participate in the Lifeline Assistance program.  Depending on which state you live in, you may have one or more choices available. Please note, however, that you cannot yet get a free government cell phone in all 50 states. To see the complete list of states where you can get one, click here for our listing of free cell phones by state.

Assurance Wireless

Assurance Wireless is a division of Virgin Mobile that was set-up to specifically deal with the Lifeline Assistance Program to give out free cell phones and monthly service to those who need it. Learn about Assurance Wireless

Reachout Wireless

Run by Nexus Communications, Inc as Reachout Wireless, this is a cell phone service that was created especially for low-income people who qualify for the Lifeline Assistance Program. Learn more about Reachout Wireless.

Budget Mobile Wireless

Budget Mobile is a wireless service that is specifically for the federal Lifeline program. Qualifying households can get a free phone and 250 FREE minutes per month. Learn more about Budget Mobile.

Safelink Wireless

A division of TracFone Wireless, Inc., Safelink Wireless offers a FREE cell phone and free monthly minutes to low-income households that meet the requirements. Learn more about Safelink Wireless.

Access Wireless

Access Wireless offers free government cell phones in over 25 states. Eligible applicants receive a free cell phone and up to 250 cell phone minutes a month. Learn about Access Wireless.

Free Government Cell Phones FAQ

We have collected a few of the commonly asked questions about free cell phones and have the answers listed below.

Why Free Cell Phones?

If you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering why any company would want to give away a free cell phone and monthly minutes. There is something in it for the companies that provide the phones and service. For each low-income person they have signed up, they receive $10 from the government per month. This basically covers the free minutes each month, with the companies paying for the actual cell phones and any advertising to get people signed up.

As you can see, it’s really a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet as the recession drags on and on. And if you find the 250 free minutes are not enough, you can usually add minutes at your own expense. This is something else the cell phone service providers are counting on to make money over the long run while still being able to help people who need it the most.

Is This the So Called Obama Phone?

No! There is a rumor or urban legend going around that Obama is giving away free cell phones in order to get votes. However, if you look, you will find that free government cell phones actually started with the Bush administration, not Obama’s!

What is the Free Phone Like?

This will depend on which service provider or company you go with, but in most cases these are not cheap or old phones. You may be able to get a new phone that is reliable, dependable and has great battery life.

What Happens if I Use all the Free Minutes?

If you use the free minutes you are allotted each month, you can simply wait until the next month for more free minutes, or you can use your own money to purchase additional minutes – usually at a special rate. This will depend, however, on which specific company you sign-up with for the Lifeline program.

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48 Responses to Your Free Government Cell Phones Authority!

  1. Toni Harvey November 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    I’m enjpying the use of my phone but I’m not getting the service I was told. I can’t get to menu screen plus several other issues. I believe I may have gotten a bad phone. The only thing I can do is make a call sometimes. I’ve tried to phone you but I can never get an answer. Do I need to send the phone back in hopes of getting another? Can you please respond to me in some kind of way. Thank you.

    • Matt December 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Hi Toni. My name is Matt and I represent Budget Mobile. You’ve probably resolved this already, but if you’re a Budget Mobile customer you can get help by sending a note to this link: https://support.budgetmobile.com/account/dropboxes/20066123#/dropbox/tickets/new. If you’re not a Budget Mobile customer, but would like to switch to us, you can visit our website at http://www.budgetmobile.com

      • Jill harrison May 8, 2016 at 12:37 am #

        hey Matt can you tell me do you still work for them I’m wanting to get info on being a field agent in Colorado Springs don’t know what city you’re in on it confusing how this is set up hopefully you get this message let me know 480-823-4220

    • Jose April 8, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      I don’t not that happen on my situation, I lost may cell phone, but when I tray to report this lost, selflink explain to me, that my service was cancel.
      That I doing to explain my case.

      Jose A Fernandez

  2. Joey December 16, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Its really hard to get service updates or new offerings of different service providers by visiting their sites individually and grab the right one. This site is a very easy answer to that. I loved it. good job.

    • lia December 18, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      How do you check to see how many minutes you have used ?

      • Admin January 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

        Dear Lia,
        It depends on your cel phone service provider. If you contact customer support, they will provide instructions on how to obtain this information.

        Kind regards,

  3. larryfrancis December 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    How do I talk to one of your reps.?

  4. marsha petty March 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    phones are a need

  5. BuzzMobile August 23, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    How do I get a free cellphone, I need some assistance on this? Can you please tell me how could I get in contact with your reps?


    • Joany Clinard October 2, 2015 at 12:21 am #

      Dial 611 from the free cell phone & you should be able to talk to a rep

  6. james detty October 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    a few weeks ago you e mailed me saying 2 phones were shipped i think you shipped to XXXXXXXXXXXX you should have sent to 5333 e thomas apt XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    i am on ssi 71 yrs old earn $551 have all paper work turned into your company qualify for free phones wth 250 minutes

    • Admin October 24, 2014 at 12:53 am #

      Dear Mr. Detty,
      Please contact your Lifeline Assistance cell phone provider to inquire into the status of your application.

      Best of luck,

      • tanisha April 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

        try in the mall at payless

    • patricia jones January 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

      good luck i submitted evreything the asked for back in nov they still turned off my cellphone i,m disabled and in a wheelchair they could care less

  7. Matt December 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi everyone. My name is Matt and I represent Budget Mobile. We’re happy to answer any questions folks may have. Just visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/budgetmobile and leave us a note. You can learn more about our company and the LifeLine program on our website at http://www.budgetmobile.com.

  8. Kym Liverto December 18, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I’m just trying to get help to get a free cell phone to help me look for work

  9. Kym Liverto December 18, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I don’t understand what I’m supposed to do can you help me get the free cell phone

    • Kym Liverto December 18, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      trying to get a free phone don’t be afraid to be outside by myself in case I fall

      • Admin December 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

        Dear Kym,
        You will first need to determine which free government cell phone operators provide service in your state. Please respond here and we can help walk you through the process.

        Warm regards,

    • Admin December 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      Dear Kym,
      Thanks for posting. Please visit our state page section and select your state of residence to determine which free government cell phone providers offer free government cell phones in your state. Then select which free government cell phone operator you would like to apply to for free cell phone service, visit their website, and complete their application.

      Please let me know what other questions you may have.

      Best of luck,

  10. patricia jones January 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    i submitted everything this company asked for in nov they still turned off my phone have tried for 2 months to get this corrected what a ripoff

  11. Destin March 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    I forgot the number to check your balance, it was like * somethin somethin somethin, cant remember the number, can someone hbelp me out

  12. Chris Hanson May 5, 2015 at 3:25 am #

    I broke my phone,who do I contact?

  13. Alexis May 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    My mother already has one of the free phones through assurance wireless. She’s looking to switch to Budget Mobile. Do I have to have her current phone shut off before applying for the other?

  14. brandon May 24, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    My number is xxxxxxx need free minutes. Thank you if u can help me help myself

  15. clint July 1, 2015 at 2:23 am #

    I have a flip phone and something happended to my phone and now it will not charge with out me holding the cord in to charge it im in need of a phone asap can u plz help me upgrade my phone my carrier is reachout wireless

  16. Lourdes Quinones July 19, 2015 at 2:53 am #

    My name is Lourdes Quinones and I had a question regarding how to go about what next step should be taken when your obama phone was never received. I had it sent to my sisters address due to me being in the process of moving and not knowing my new address then but since my sister has one herself could that have been the issue?… Please contact me by email & or cell xxxxx@gmail.com xxxxxxxx Please reply at earliest convenience. Thanks and my new actual stable address xxxxx

  17. Thomas j. meglan November 6, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    I have reachout wireless.For the last two months.Somebodys stealing over two hundred mins mo.I cant get a responce from company. Happens around the first of the month.Im 70 years old,home bound.the phone is one foot from me and nobody uses it but me.If you can check this out me I would really thank you..

  18. Cindi December 2, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    Que vous soyez un homme ou une femme, un entrainement de résistance avec
    des haltères peut vous aider à obtenir un avantage durable en développant votre musculature et en stimulant votre métabolisme.

  19. Carrie Robertson December 10, 2015 at 2:51 am #

    Know not my pin number -used to keep my cell phone reactivated.

  20. Carol Garner December 14, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Can I get a free home phone as well as cell phone

    Or can I get help with current home phone

  21. valerie mancha December 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    How do I get a phone

    • Admin January 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Dear Valerie,
      Please apply to a Lifeline Assistance phone provider in your state of residence. In many cases, applications can be submitted online.

      Best of luck,

  22. Riz January 13, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    How can I tell if I have a phone in my name I think I do and someone stole it

    • Admin January 14, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Dear Riz,
      Please contact your cell phone provider to request a replacement cell phone and to cancel to your old cell phone.

      Best of luck,

  23. Megan January 18, 2016 at 12:21 am #

    Just wondering if there is a way to walk in somewhere in Reno Nv to get a free phone to show eligibility I don’t have the means of taking pictures or faxing/mailing proof.

  24. Chasady January 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

    I have a free phone and wanting to upgraded it to a touch screen, Internet, but I don’t know what my provider is. Can you help me ?

  25. mahasri February 20, 2016 at 3:10 am #


    • mahasri February 22, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

      3 📱

  26. santhosh February 20, 2016 at 3:15 am #

    1 📱

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  28. edmund matthews March 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    on line application

  29. Amy Houy March 20, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Can I buy cards locally to add minutes. Live in 50501

  30. krysta scrantz March 28, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    I have medicaid and food stamp benifits so i really need a phone. Thank you

  31. sheila April 16, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    i am a safelick costermer i was just wanting to know how to upgard to a new phone this one is old

  32. Scott Lanham May 8, 2016 at 4:36 am #

    Needing a cell phone for my son

  33. timothy dye May 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    I have a phone but it do not work to good so can I get a new I live at 217 Copley st Lexington north Carolina I move from 100-b fair st Lexington north Carolina my new mail box is 217 Copley st Lexington north Carolina 27292

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