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Cellular One Lifeline Plans

As a participant in the federal Lifeline program, Cellular One offers free smartphones along with free service to eligible individuals. Currently, Cellular One’s Lifeline services are available in the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. If you’re a resident of states other than the ones mentioned, click on the “States Listing” link in the above menu to find free service providers in your state.

Cellular One Lifeline Plans

Cellular One offers two Lifeline free government phone plans. They offer the Free4Life plan for eligible residents living on tribal lands. For qualified individuals who do not live on tribal lands, Cellular One offers the Freedom Phone plan. Let’s talk a little about what each plan offers.

Free4Life Plan (Tribal Lands)

With the Free4Life plan, you get 1GB data per month, unlimited texting and unlimited talk time. Keep in mind, however, that the unlimited talk and texting does not include 900 numbers and international numbers. If you wish to make international calls you must pay for them in advance. To pay for international calls you can do from your phone by pressing *123 (follow the necessary prompts) or call 866-631-3886. You can also pay for international calls by visiting the Cellular One website.

With the Lifeline plan, you cannot roll over your unused data. Either you use it or lose it.

Freedom Phone Plan

The Freedom Phone plan differs from the Free4Life plan. With Freedom phone, eligible individuals get 750 Anywhere minutes, 1,000 texts (note: Cellular One limits texts to 160 characters each text). In addition to the airtime and texting, the Freedom Phone plan gives 1GB of data each month.

As with the Free4Life plan, there’s no international calling, 900 numbers are blocked and you cannot carry over unused data.

Adding Additional Talk/Text/Data

If the allotted airtime/text or data isn’t enough, you can always purchase additional time/data. Additional data costs anywhere from an additional $10 per month for 1GB of data up to $60 per month for unlimited data. Additional talk/text time can cost anywhere from $.20/minute up to $.35/minute.

Visit the Cellular One data Bundles page for details on the data pricing and the recharge-prepaid page for talk/text pricing. Since pricing is subject to change so its best to visit the Cellular One site for up-to-date pricing.

How to Qualify for Cellular One Lifeline

To qualify for the Lifeline program, your household income must be at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, or participate in one of the following government assistance programs:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands):

  • Any of the federal assistance programs listed above
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

You must provide proof of program participation. You also must have proper ID to prove you are who you say you are. ID in the form of government-issued identification such as a passport, driver’s license or even military ID.

How to Apply for Free Phone and Service

Residents of New Mexico and Utah are subject to the Lifeline National Verification program. If you live in New Mexico or Utah you may use the portal at CheckLifeline.org to begin the application process. Once approved, you must visit a Cellular One location to complete the process.

Residents in the state of Arizona are not yet subject to the National Verification program, therefore, you must complete the Lifeline Application form and the Certification form. The Certification form only applies if someone in your household currently receives Lifeline supported services. You can download both forms from the Cellular One website.
July, 2019 Update: Arizona now participates in the National Verification Program.

Once the applications are complete, you must submit them along with proof of income to Cellular One. You can either fax it to them at 928-532-2613 or visit one of their locations.

Lifeline Tips to Know

  1. Only one Lifeline phone plan is permitted per household

  2. If your phone is lost or stolen, notify Cellular One immediately so they can suspend service.

  3. Monthly airtime and data are replenished each month based on your activation date. For example, if your service was activated on the 2nd of the month, expect your airtime and data to replenish on the second of every month. Press *123 to check your balances.

  4. You must use your phone service at least once every 30 days or run the risk of losing your Lifeline benefits.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This site was created to help people find information about free government phones. We do not mail, activate or repair free government phones nor do we provide service. If you have questions about phone service we suggest you contact the phone service provider directly.

Last Modified: 17 July 2019

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