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Tempo is another phone company participating in the federal Lifeline program. Tempo offers free cell phones to eligible customers. As of June, 2019, they offer Lifeline plans in the states of Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming (If your state isn't included in their service plans, use the menu above to find other Lifeline service providers in your state).

Along with Lifeline's free government cell phones, Tempo provides free cell phones and free talk, text and data for qualified residents.

Tempo’s Lifeline Plan

Currently, their Lifeline plan consists of unlimited talk minutes, unlimited texting and 1 GB of data for all states except Colorado and South Carolina.

Colorado residents are subjectg to Lifeline 900 which is a prepaid plan where the 900 unikts can be used as voice text or data. The cost for the plan is $32.95. South Carolina residents have the 300 minute Lifeline Data Bundle which means 300 anytime minutes.

If you require additional data, they offer Top-Up plans as follows:

  • $5 for the Top-UP 250 plan which provides and additional calling minutes

  • $10 for the Top-Up 500 plan which provides an additional 500 MB of data

  • $15 for the Top-Up 1000 plan which provides an additional 1 GB of data.

Qualifying for Tempo Lifeline Free Cell Phone Plan

If your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you qualify for the Lifeline service. Additionally, you’re eligible if you participate in any one of the following government assistance programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Tribal-specific programs:
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
    • Head Start
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs

National Verifier Eligibility

Be aware that the government is in the process of rolling out a National Verifier program. By doing it centralizes and streamlines the Lifeline application process countrywide. As such, if you live in a state participating in the program, you can submit your application through the Lifeline National Verifier program at Once approved through the National Verification Program, you may then take your approved information and apply for Tempo’s service

To apply for Tempo’s service either create an account on their site or call their Customer Service at 888-565-1011

Lifeline Application Tips

Before you begin the application process, make sure to have all of the appropriate paperwork. You’ll need proof of income, such as tax returns, if you’re using the income guidelines. Or, proof that you participate in any of the above-mentioned government assistance programs. Documentation such as a Medicaid card, letter of participation from qualifying program or other government-issued documents.

You will also need identification to prove you are who you say you are. A driver’s license, military ID or passport may do. Contact Tempo to find out what forms of ID they will accept.

Tempo Lifeline Service - Things to Know

  1. If you would like to keep an existing phone number, contact Tempo Customer Care at 1-888-565-1011. They may be able to port your number to their service.
  2. Tempo’s Lifeline plan does not include international calling.
  3. When you receive your phone, check it over thoroughly and keep the original packaging. If there is a defect with the phone, Tempo will repair it free of charge within the first 30 days. They want you to send the phone back in its original packaging.
  4. Use your phone at least once every 30 days. If you don’t use your phone you run the risk of having your Lifeline services deactivated.

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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