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Southern Linc Discounted Lifeline Plan

Residents in the states of Alabama and Georgia may be eligible to receive discounted cellular calling and unlimited texting through the Southern Linc Lifeline program. The Lifeline program was created to help low-income individuals and families obtain home phone service that otherwise might have been financially difficult to afford.

Lifeline Plan and Features

Southern Linc

Although many wireless Lifeline plans include a free Android cellphone phone, the Southern Linc website does not mention anything about shipping free phones. What it does mention is the phone service plan and features as follows:

  • 2,000 anytime cellular minutes every month
  • Unlimited texting (above and beyond the 2,000 anytime minutes)
  • Call Forwarding
  • Caller ID
  • 3-Way Calling
  • Call Waiting

One unique feature about the Southern Linc Lifeline plan is that you may not add additional talk minutes if you exhaust the 2,000 minutes before the end of the month. Their website specifically states “no mid-period replenishment available.”

Another feature to note is the lack of free data with the Southern Linc plan. Pretty much all of the cellular Lifeline providers offer a certain amount of free data along with the talk and text. This plan does not. Because of the lack of data and the inability to replenish talk minutes mid-month, please carefully consider whether or not this plan fits your monthly cell phone needs.

The above services would normally cost $29.99 per month, but with the Lifeline Discount of $9.25, the price is reduced to $20.74/month.

Qualifying for Southern Linc Lifeline Plan

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

  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • Household Income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Veteran's Pension or Survivor's Pension

In addition to the above programs, Alabama residents who participate in any of the following Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs may qualify

  • General Assistance Food Distribution Program
  • Tribal TANF
  • Head Start
  • NSLP

If you meet the income or program participation requirement, gather the necessary documentation to prove so. You may need items such as tax returns or W-2 if you meet the income requirements. If you qualify as a result of participating in a program, you must provide documentation with an issue date within the last 12 months that has your name and the name of the qualifying program.

You will also need a government-issued form of identification to prove you are who you say you are.

How to Apply

Once you’ve gathered the necessary documents check to see if your state is subject to the National Verification program. If it is, you may begin the application process by visiting After you’re nationally verified, you can then contact Southern Linc at 1-800-818-5462 or visiting the nearest store location.

If your state is not yet subject to the National Verification program, you may apply to Southern Linc directly.

Things to Note:

  1. You must use a home address and not a P.O. Box to establish service

  2. Lifeline participants are subject to annual recertification to ensure continued eligibility.

  3. Only one Lifeline benefit per household

  4. Lifeline benefits are not transferrable.

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: 7 June 2021

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