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Qualified West Virginia residents have the option of signing up for free government cell phones or discounted landline services. Because the free service carriers are approved to provide service in West Virginia, residents can opt to receive free wireless phones and free talk time as offered through ReachOut Wireless, Assurance Wireless and SafeLink Wireless. As […] Read More


Georgia residents have a wide selection of free and/or discounted phone services to choose from. Because the free government phone services are approved in the state of Georgia, residents can elect to receive free government phones with free airtime or discounts on their home phone service through the Lifeline/Link Up programs. Georgia Link Up Services […] Read More


Low-income Oklahoma residents who qualify can utilize the services as offered through the Lifeline/Link Up programs. Although Oklahoma doesn’t currently participate in the free cell phone program, it does offer qualified residents an enhanced Lifeline/Link Up program. Before we discuss the enhanced programs, let’s talk about what qualified Oklahoma residents get: Discounted Installation Costs Through […] Read More


Mississippi residents can take advantage of several free government phone programs. There are the three free cell phone programs (ReachOut Wireless, Assurance Wireless and SafeLink Wireless). In addition to the free programs, residents can take advantage of discounted home landline rates through the LifeLine/Link-Up Program. Installation Charges Qualified Mississippi residents can receive a 50% discount […] Read More


In addition to being able to take advantage of free government phones offered through programs such as ReachOut Wireless and Assurance Wireless, Illinois residents have the option to take advantage of the home phone discount programs as a result of the Lifeline/Link-Up programs. By utilizing the Link-Up program, eligible low-income Illinois residents can receive assistance […] Read More

North Dakota

Low-income North Dakota residents may qualify for discounted home phone service through the government-sponsored LifeLine/Link-Up program. Unlike several other states that can take advantage of free cell phones, North Dakota residents may only receive discounted rates on their home phone line. What LifeLine Offers Qualified North Dakota residents may waive part of the phone deposit […] Read More


PLEASE SEE UPDATED ARTICLE FOR CURRENT INFORMATION REGARDING LOUISIANA LIFELINE PROGRAM As of this writing, April 2011, Louisiana doesn’t have a free government phone program. What they do have is a discounted program. As indicated on the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates website, there are 9 states that only offer discount phone service […] Read More

Xchange Telecom

In addition to taking advantage of the free cell phone service provided by SafeLink Wireless and Assurance Wireless, New York residents who qualify can take advantage of discounted landline phone rates as a result of the Lifeline program. Through Xchange Telecom, low-income New York residents can reduce their monthly phone bill and offset their phone […] Read More


When applying for a free government phone keep in mind there is a process that must be followed. Unfortunately, too often people anxious to receive a free phone attempt to take shortcuts or circumvent the system. One of the requirements for receiving a free government phone is having a valid home address. Whether you’re applying […] Read More


7/12/18: Please see the updated article on Idaho Free Government Phones. As of this writing, April 2011, Idaho does not have a free government phone program or a wireless phone program. What they do have is similar to what is offered in California. They offer discounted home phone rates to those who qualify. While this […] Read More