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 7/11/13 Update: The Conexion Wireless website is no longer functional.  See our updated post on Conexion Conexion Wireless is another cell phone provider that is approved to offer free government phones and free airtime. Conexion is a regional free government phone provider. They’re currently approved to offer service in Arkansas, Maryland and West Virginia. As a […] Read more

Care Wireless - Illinois free government phones

Update: Care Wireless no longer participates in the free government phone program In addition to SafeLink Wireless and ReachOut wireless, Illinois residents can receive free government cell phone along with free airtime from Care Wireless. Care Wireless is powered by Platinum Tel. What Care Wireless Offers As mentioned above, Care Wireless provides a free cell […] Read more

In addition to the three major free government phone service providers, which are Assurance Wireless, ReachOut wireless and SafeLink Wireless, there are a host of regional free cell phone providers. Cintex Wireless  falls under the category of regional free government phone service provider. As of February 2012, they operate in the states of Arkansas, Maine, […] Read more

There is a newcomer to the free government phone service providers. In the past, qualified individuals could obtain a free government phone and free airtime through Assurance Wireless, SafeLink Wireless or ReachOut Wireless. Now they have another option, Q Link wireless. The Federal Lifeline Program makes the Q Link Wireless service possible. What Q Link […] Read more

Most states provide a state-funded discounted government phone program. What this means is the state, in conjunction with the federal government, contribute to helping residents afford their telephone services. There are a few states, however, that do not have a state-funded program and rely strictly on the federal government to assist residents in obtaining discounted […] Read more

New York residents who meet the eligibility criteria can sign up for free government cell phones through either Assurance Wireless, SafeLink Wireless and more recently Q Link Wireless. As of February 2012, ReachOut Wireless does not offer service in New York. Assurance, Q Link and SafeLink also ship free airtime units along with the cell […] Read more

If you live in Indiana and meet the eligibility requirements, you can sign up to receive free government cell phones through either SafeLink Wireless or Assurance Wireless (as of this writing, ReachOut Wireless doesn’t offer free cell phones in Indiana). Each cell phone comes with free airtime. The amount of airtime varies depending on the […] Read more

The Lifeline/Link-Up government program makes it possible for qualified Missouri residents to receive free cell phones through ReachOut Wireless or SafeLink Wireless. As of this writing (September 2011), Assurance Wireless does not offer free cell phone service in the state of Missouri. It may change in the future, but if you’re looking for free cell […] Read more

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Qualified Iowa residents can take advantage of the free government cell phone program. Both SafeLink Wireless and Assurance Wireless offer free government cell phones along with free talk time. Although ReachOut Wireless is another company that offers free government cell phones, as of this writing, September 2011, their program is not approved in the state […] Read more


Minnesota is included on the short list of states that do not participate in the free government cell phone programs as offered through Assurance Wireless, SafeLink Wireless and ReachOut Wireless. I’m not sure if they will in the future, but as of this writing (September 2011), the free cell phone service isn’t available. Instead of […] Read more