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Assist Wireless Free Government Phones

Assist Wireless offers free Smartphones (or you can bring your own phone) because they participate in the Lifeline program. And, because they also participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program, they offer unlimited data, text, and talk plans for free. Which plan you qualify for depends on whether you enrolled in Lifeline only, ACP only, or in both programs.

Assist Wireless

Currently, their nationwide service is offered in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Maryland, and Missouri. If you live in one of those states and meet the eligibility criteria, you may choose from one of the following plans:

Arkansas, Missouri, and Non-Tribal Oklahoma Plans

Lifeline & ACP Plan

  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited Text
  • 10GB of Data
  • Cost: $0

Maryland Plans

Lifeline & ACP Plan

  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited Text
  • 12GB Data
  • Cost: $0

Lifeline Only Plan

  • 50 Talk Minutes
  • 50 Texts
  • 4.5GB Data
  • Cost: $0

Oklahoma Plan

Tribal Lifeline & ACP Plan

  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited Text
  • Unlimited Data
  • Cost: $0

If you select a plan that does not include unlimited Data, Talk, and Text and you use the allotted data/talk/text, Assist Wireless has refill options as follows:

100MB - $4100 Min - $41000 Texts - $5
500MB - $12400 Min - $82000 Texts - $8
1GB - $151000 Min - $154000 Texts - $12

Lifeline and ACP Eligibility

Since the purpose of the Lifeline and ACP programs is to help low-income households afford phone and internet service, you must prove your eligibility to take advantage of the above phone plans. To do so, you must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  1. For Lifeline, have a household income of 135% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For the ACP program, the household income limit is 200% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  2. You or someone in your household receive benefits from one of the following government assistance programs:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Medicaid
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit

    Additional Programs if living on Tribal lands:

    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
    • Tribal Head Start
    • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

For more information on qualifying programs, visit the Consumer Eligibility page of the USAC website.

Applying for Lifeline/ACP

If you meet the eligibility requirement, you will need proof that you do. The documented proof must be current. In addition to proof of your eligibility, you must provide proof of your identity. In other words, you must prove that you are who you say you are. Identity proof is usually some type of government-issued ID card, such as a driver’s license, current US military ID, or unexpired permanent resident or resident alien card to name a few.

The last item you’ll need is proof of address. Using a utility bill, current mortgage or lease statement, or driver’s license will satisfy the proof of address requirement.

After you have gathered the necessary documents, visit the National Verifier site to sign up for Lifeline. Once your application is approved, visit Assist Wireless and sign up for the free service. You can sign up online, at an Assist Wireless store (all located in Oklahoma) or call them at 1-855-392-7747.

To find out the status of your application, you can either log into your online account, visit a store or call and speak to a Customer Service Rep.

Things to Know

  1. Only one Lifeline/ACP benefit per household

  2. You must recertify your eligibility annually. You have 60 days to complete the recertification process. The quickest way to recertify is to call 855-359-4299 and follow the prompts.

  3. Lifeline benefits are not transferrable.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This site was created to help people find information about free government phones. The ower of this site does not mail, activate or repair free government phones nor provide phone service. If you have questions about phone service it is suggested that you contact the phone service provider directly.

Last Modified: 17 January 2023

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