Unlike the other free government phone programs, California’s LifeLine Telephone Program does not offer free phones, cell phones or free phone service. Instead, they offer deeply discounted home phone service with no credit check, no deposit and no contract.
As a participant of the government’s LifeLine program, ReachOut Wireless offers both free phones and deeply discounted phone service for low-income individuals. In general, ReachOut Wireless offers free phones, but the free phone option is not available in all states. For those states in which they are unable to offer free phones, they offer discounted phone service through their Simple Plan program.