Illinois: Listing of Free Government Phone ProvidersThanks to the Federal Lifeline program, eligible low-income Illinois residents can get help with their phone bills. There are two options:
While most phone service providers can offer the discounted landline option (call your current landline company and ask), only a few companies offer free phones. Below is a listing of the phone companies servicing Illinois that offer free phones:
This list is not a comprehensive listing of all free phone providers in Illinois. As we come across more providers, we will update the list.
Discounted Phone Line Phase Out
FYI: According to the Federal Communications Commission, the monthly Lifeline landline phone discounts are being phased out. By December 1, 2021 discounted phone (voice) service will no longer be available. The $9.25 monthly discount for broadband (internet) will remain constant, but the voice discount is being phased out is as follows:
The rationale is probably because more and more people are opting to use cellular service instead of landlines. Unfortunately, those who prefer landlines will either be forced to get a free cell phone or foot the entire monthly landline cost themselves.
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 May 2019
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