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The Budget Mobile Lifeline Assistance Program



If you reached our Budget Mobile page from a search, we recommend first reading our free government cell phone main page for helpful general information before reading this article.

Budget Mobile is a company that was formed specifically to help people with the national Lifeline Assistance Program that offers free government cell phones. Proof of eligibility via written documentation is necessary for enrollment in Budget Mobile Wireless.

What you Get With Budget Mobile:

If you are eligible, here is what you can get every month for free thanks to the government’s Lifelink Assistance Program: (1) FREE Budget Mobile phone; and (2) 250 FREE monthly minutesThe actual number of free minutes available varies from state to state. 

And if your free Budget Mobile cell phone is ever damaged, you are not going to have to worry about replacing it with your own money. You can simply return it and get another new free cell phone. It’s as easy as that. And in today’s day and age a cell phone is almost a necessity.

Next, we are going to take a look at why getting a free Budget Mobile cell phone with monthly service included is such a good idea – and why it’s not a scam. Times are tough financially for a lot of people now, but the government is there to lend a hand to those in need.

Free Budget Mobile Cell Phone



If you’re having trouble getting by during these tough economic times, you are not alone. Quite a few people are struggling to get by day to day. This is why the government set-up the Lifeline Assistance Program – which now includes a free government cell phone and free monthly minutes to all who qualify.

Originally, the Lifeline program was meant for land line phones, but it was recently changed to include cell phones. Now, if you meet the requirements (which are different from state to state) you will be able to get a FREE cell phone and FREE monthly minutes.

Basically, they are able to do this because the government’s Lifeline Assistance Program now covers cell phones. The government gives Budget Mobile $10 per month per subscriber for the free minutes of service. Budget Mobile provides the phone. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved, and totally above-board and legal.

When times are tough, it can be know you have a little help when it comes to the basic necessities of modern life – like a cell phone with free minutes. Whether you want to be able to call friends or family or be able to get call backs when looking for work, having a working phone number is important for many different reasons.

We are next going to look at the general eligibility requirements for a free cell phone and service from Budget Mobile. You may want to skip ahead to our list of states where Budget Mobile is available.  If not, keep reading to learn more about how to find out if you qualify for your FREE PHONE and MINUTES.

Are You Eligible?

Budget MobileAs we said, the exact requirements to get a free cell phone from the government’s Lifeline Assistance Program will vary depending on where you reside. Having said that, there are some easy ways to find out it you may qualify.

For one, if you are receiving government assistance (like Medicaid, TANF or SNAP / Food Stamps), you are probably eligible. The exact programs covered vary from state to state so you can check our list of eligibility by states to learn more.

This is not the only way you can receive your free phone. You may still be eligible even if you are not currently receiving assistance if your total (gross) monthly income is less than or equal to 135% of the national poverty level. (This rate is 150% in some select states.)

In most states, you will need to provide documentation that you are receiving assistance. Also, you will need a home address (no P.O. Boxes are allowed.) Finally, there is only one free cell phone allowed per household under the Lifeline Assistance Program. This is enforced so that every family has a chance at getting their free cell phone if they need it.

Next, we are going to take a look at some of the extras you can add on – if you need more minutes or want to be able to text. They even have an unlimited plan available for a low monthly fee. You can still get the basic phone and service for free every month, but sometimes you may want to add a few extra minutes.

Additional Budget Mobile Plans

If you are worried about going over your free 250 minutes each month, you can rest easy. Budget Mobile makes it easy – and affordable – to ADD minutes (and texts) to your monthly plan. Below are the various packages you can currently buy and their prices.

  •  50 Voice Minutes $5.00
  • 100 Voice Minutes $10.00
  • 150 Voice Minutes $15.00
  • 1000 Texts $10.00
  • Unlimited Talk and Text $25.00
The above packages and prices are subject to change, so be sure to mark us in your favorites and check back often as we update the site as we get new information.

Budget Mobile List of States Available

Budget Mobile is currently available in the following states. It should be noted, however, that they are expanding their coverage areas and this list may change at any time. In order to stay up to date, you can check with the main Budget Mobile website or come back here to get ALL the information you need to be able to get your free government cell phone.

Contact Budget Mobile

Corporate Office
Budget PrePay, Inc.
1325 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, LA 71111
Toll Free:(888) 777-4007

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29 Responses to Budget Mobile

  1. Casey Gregg November 25, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    I can’t hear my minutes anymore when I dial 611. The automated service is saying verizon wireless instead of budget I was wondering why an how will I be able 2 know how many minutes and refresh date are

    • Matt December 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Casey. My name is Matt and I represent Budget Mobile. You can check your account status on our website by using your Budget Mobile phone number and creating an account at the link below.

      https://www.budgetmobile.com/account/create.cfm

  2. Sharee Holmes December 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I forgot my account number could you please email me? I,m trying to check my balance.

  3. Matt December 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi Sharee. My name is Matt and I represent Budget Mobile. If you know your Budget Mobile phone number, you can create an online account at the link below and check your balance.

    https://www.budgetmobile.com/account/create.cfm

    • Tilissa November 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

      Matt I got a phone and the battery won’t stay in and the back is broke. What do I do to get another phone? I am very disappointed with the misleading to get me to switch to budget mobile!!!! I was told that I could keep my same number and that was a LIE!! The guy was just telling me anything that I wanted to hear to get me to switch services!!!!

  4. terry enney December 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    i have been calling about my lost cell phone my lost cell phone. its though budget
    i lost my cell phone some time this week

    • Admin December 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      Dear Terry,
      Please contact Budget Mobile customer service and they will be able to help you with a replacement cell phone. You can reach Budget Mobile here: http://www.budgetmobile.com.

      Best of luck,
      Admin

  5. Christol brown December 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I don’t have a credit or debit card to purchase more minutes is there somewhere I can purchase a minutes at.

    • Admin December 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

      Dear Christol,
      You should be able to purchase top up minutes at your local Budget Mobile store or any store that offers Budget Mobile cell phones.

      Best of luck,
      Admin

  6. Christol brown December 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Can I purchase data to get on the internet or download the full version games.

  7. Nelson March 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    My uncle got one of these phones with wireless ability and when he visited a hospital which offers free wireless connection he refused to use it. He said he was afraid of his phone service would be disconnected because someone told him he didn’t suppose to use any wireless. I know that some stores also offer free wireless connection while shopping. Can someone confirm this please I can show it to him.

    Thanks to much.

  8. rufus April 20, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    I received my phone yesterday and it is not activated how will
    I do so?

  9. Lorrie Willis April 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    I will be taking a 3 day trip to Mexico to take care of a friend. Can I call out from Mexico with my Budget Mobile?

  10. jennifer May 7, 2015 at 2:30 am #

    Iv miss placed /lost my phone it is very urgent that i get my voice messages
    how can i access them from another phone.

  11. Tanya Mann July 23, 2015 at 12:09 am #

    i can’t get picture messaging on my noit18 phone. i have the California lifeline plan. I was supposed to get a text message giving me a confirmation number but i never got it and now the website won’t let me do anything about it because i don;t have the right information apparently.

  12. Judy Persing July 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    is there any way I can get a cover for my phone? I have arthritis in my hands & the phone is so small I have a tendency to drop it & I want to protect it.

  13. don s griffith December 13, 2015 at 3:44 am #

    my cell phone isn’t working any more it could be the battery I tried charging it nothing turn on not the charging mode that shows 10% or 20% left what ever the amount may be nothing turns on I took it to Verizon they don’t no and they don’t have a battery for my type of cell phone its to old they said so what should I do
    heres my id 003142580/ birthday 04/30/64 ssn 5617 cell phone no.206-379-0783

    my name

    don s Griffith

    thanks

  14. Neil Bates February 6, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    The part about free phone replacement if you break it is not true they require a $20 money order to be mailed to them before they will replace.

    • Valerie Workman July 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

      I had to pay $45 to replace my phone because they claimed they did not have any of the $20 phones left. Now a year and a half later, Budet Mobile is no longer in my area and I need another phone.

  15. Julee May 1, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    I live in Indianapolis and am looking for tent rep jobs. Please contact me. Thx

  16. Yo daddy May 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    You’re site is retarded. All of you’re service providers listed state they do not have any programs for Colorado State , but you’re info is on the Colorado state/government web page and nothing is of any help.

  17. davidfoss June 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    why is my service cut off when I have been approved for renewal????

  18. Bonnie June 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    I have a lifeline Mobil phone. The number given on the paper mailed to me is non working, but I receive text and calls that are answered, not by me, but by a person who has the same number as the one register to the phone. I can’t give my number out cause someone else will answer. Budget mobile told me to continue to use my phone, I just wouldn’t be able to give my number for people to call me, I would have to deal with not being able to text and to ignore the incoming/outgoing calls and text that it’s none of my business to read them. So it’s ok that I share a phone number with another lifeline person? This isn’t right. I’m disabled and cannot make appointment, call anyone or nothing. They refuse to enroll me on budget so I can apply somewhere else.

  19. Bonnie June 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    I have a lifeline Mobil phone. The number given on the paper mailed to me is non working, but I receive text and calls that are answered, not by me, but by a person who has the same number as the one register to the phone. I can’t give my number out cause someone else will answer. Budget mobile told me to continue to use my phone, I just wouldn’t be able to give my number for people to call me, I would have to deal with not being able to text and to ignore the incoming/outgoing calls and text that it’s none of my business to read them. So it’s ok that I share a phone number with another lifeline person? This isn’t right. I’m disabled and cannot make appointment, call anyone or nothing. They refuse to unenroll me on budget so I can apply somewhere else.

  20. Hailey mosley July 11, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    I have a budget mobile phone and can’t buy minutes for it at the store I use….. Is there anywhere else to buy the minutes??? Also what type of minutes do I as fo???

  21. mary sanchez August 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    My friends Budget mobile can’t call out any more he just tested me for help. Online it says..Problem Details
    YOUR ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO SAFELINK. I was going to add time for him but how do I do this. Please help. A link so I can add gift minutes to help my friend.

  22. Miranda wilson October 3, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    See if I qualify for budget wireless

  23. Miranda wilson October 3, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    How to qualify

  24. Ramon cabello May 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm #

    Ramon cabello necesito remplazar mi telefono es muy viejo ya no trabaja bien pero quiero mantener el mismo numero que necesito hacer

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