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Clear Wireless Government Tablet Program

As a participating company in the Federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), Clear WirelessClear Wireless offers discounts to eligible low-income individuals/households. Although their website lists the offer of a free government phone along with unlimited talk/text and data or a free hotspot, it appears that Clear Wireless’ ACP benefits center around a discounted device along with internet service.

Through the Affordable Connectivity Program, eligible households may receive a monthly credit of up to $30 to apply toward internet service. For qualified households living on Tribal Lands, the credit can go up to $75.

Clear Wireless ACP Plans

Currently Clear Wireless offers two internet plans as follows:

The Ultimate Plan

  • Cost: $30/month
  • No monthly contracts
  • Nationwide Service
  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited Text
  • 10GB High-Speed Data*

The Ultimate + Plan

  • Cost: $75 per month
  • For Households on Qualifying Tribal Lands
  • No Monthly Contracts
  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited Text
  • 15GB High-Speed Data*
*According to the Clear Wireless site, High-Speed data may be throttled with excessive use. It is our experience that high-speed data is usually throttled once you exceed the monthly high-speed allotment. Although Clear Wireless does not explain how low the throttled speed can go, we suggest you question them when signing up for service.

Devices and Device Discounts

Although it doesn’t look as though Clear Wireless offers free government phones, they do offer device discounts. Eligible households can take advantage of the one-time discount of up to $100 for a device such as a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. The device is subject to a copay of more than $10 but less than $50.

Clear Wireless’ site offers a tablet for $10.99 (while supplies last). Or, you have the option to bring your own device. To do so, you must have an unlocked GSM-compatible device.

States of Operation

It appears that Clear Wireless operates in all states including Alaska and Puerto Rico. They might provide service to households in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, but the site was unclear.

In an attempt to find out if Clear Wireless services those territories, we clicked the “Apply Now” button and entered a zip code for Guam, and repeated the process with a zip code from the Northern Mariana Islands. Both times, the site took us to the next step to begin the application process. Usually, if the zip code belongs to a state out of a company’s jurisdiction, you will be notified immediately and not allowed to start the application process.

How to Qualify for ACP Benefits

To receive benefits under the Affordable Connectivity Program, you must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in Lifeline

  2. Have a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

  3. Participate in one of the following government assistance programs:

    • SNAP / Food Stamps / CalFresh
    • Pell Grant in the current award year
    • Medicaid / Medi-Cal
    • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Section 8 / Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program

For a complete listing of qualifying programs, visit the USAC website.

Signing up for Clear Wireless ACP Plans

After you’ve met the eligibility criteria, visit the National Verifier and apply for ACP. Once approved, which usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes, you can then go to Clear Wireless and request service and discounts.

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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