AT&T Discounted Lifeline Plans
Like many other telecommunications providers, AT&T participates in the Lifeline free/discount phone government program, but they do not offer free cell phones. What they offer instead is a discount on home phone lines. The discounts and qualifications vary by state and whether or not you live on Tribal lands.
Additionally, they participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program, and can offer additional discounts of up to $30 per month to eligible households. The discount goes up to $75 per month for households living on qualifying Tribal lands.
Currently, AT&T only offers the discounts in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Texas. These discounts apply to new and current customers as long as you satisfy the eligibility criteria.
What AT&T Offers Lifeline Customers
Below is a summary of AT&T's Lifeline benefits for some of the states in which they offer service. Although AT&T offers lifeline services in the states listed above, their website does not provide information for each of the states. If you live in one of the states where information is missing, please call AT&T in your area and inquire directly.
How to Qualify for AT&T Lifeline/ACP Benefits
Below is a chart outlining the requirements to qualify for AT&T Lifeline discounts. It is recommended that you double-check and confirm your state’s eligibility requirement before applying.
Because the Lifeline information on AT&T’s website is rather confusing, it’s best to contact AT&T directly to apply. However, if your state is subject to the National Verification program, you can begin the application process by visiting Checklifeline.org. Once approved there, you may contact your AT&T office to complete the process.
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
If you're a new customer to AT&T and haven’t chosen a plan yet, it makes sense to become familiar with their various plans to ensure you select the plan that best suits your needs. All AT&T Wireless plans are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program. They have several pre-paid wireless plans starting from $20 per month. The data limit and monthly cost vary.
AT&T also has Data-only plans for tablets, laptops, and hotspots. Make sure to read the fine print because there are varying terms, conditions, and exceptions.
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Last Modified: 17 January 2023
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