Free Government Phones

Choice Wireless Lifeline Plans

As a participant in the Federal Lifeline program Choice Wireless can provide free cell phones along with free talk/text and data to eligible residents of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Montana. The Lifeline program makes it possible for low-income individuals to enjoy the benefits of mobile technology. As such, Choice Wireless offers two different Lifeline programs, the Tribal Lifeline Plan and the Standard Lifeline Plan.

Choice Wireless - Tribal Lifeline Plan

For qualified individuals/households living on Tribal lands, you get a free phone that is certified pre-owned. You also get unlimited calling, 4GB of full-speed data and 300 nationwide roaming minutes. Roaming minutes are used when making calls outside of your local Choice Wireless area.

The Tribal plan also offers add ons if the basic free plan doesn’t provide enough data. The cost to purchase additional data is as follows:

  • 150MB for $2
  • 1 GB for $10
  • 2 GB for $15
  • 5GB for $30
  • 10GB for $55
Additional Roaming and DataChoice Wireless Lifeline

Choice Wireless offers one-time roaming purchases. As such, you can purchase an additional 250 roaming minutes for $20. They also offer 500MB for $40 or you can purchase the bundle of 250 roaming minutes plus 500 MB for $50. That’s a $10 savings off of purchasing them separately.

Note: New Tribal Lifeline Customers can choose to sign a two-year service commitment contract and receive a one-time device credit up to $99 or they can choose to receive a device credit of $39 without signing a contract.

Choice Wireless - Standard

Unlike the Tribal Lifeline Plan where the phone is free, partcipants in the Standard Lifeliine program must pay $60 for a certified pre-owned LG K8. the LG K8 has front and rear facing cameras (8MP/5MP), 16GB of storage and 1.5GB of RAM. It also comes with 1,000 free minutes unlimited texting while on network and 2GB of full-speed data.

If you need additional minutes and/or data, you can purchase minutes/data as follows:

  • 500 Minutes for $10
  • 500 MB of data for $10
  • 750 Minutes and 1 GB of data for $20

You can also purchase extended nationwide coverage at a price of 10¢ per minute talk and 10¢ per MB of data. (FlexBucket funds are required for off network use - see site for details)

All phones, no matter which plan you choose, have voicemail, 3-way calling, text, picture messaging, caller id, 411 and call forwarding.

Qualifying for Choice Wireless

If your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or you or someone in your household participates in one of the following government assistance programs, you qualify to receive a free government phone along with talk/text and data:

Tribal Government Assistance Programs
  • Medicaid (Not Medicare)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing HUD/Section 8 (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Head Start (must satisfy income qualifying standard)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations​
Non Tribal Government Assistance Programs
  • Medicaid (Not Medicare)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing HUD/Section 8 (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

How to Apply to Choice Wireless Lifeline Program

Check to see if your state is subject to the National Verifyer program. If so, you can begin the application process by visiting Once you are verified, you can then call Choice Wireless at 928-730-2273 to complete the process.

Individuals living in states not subjet to National Verification may call Choice Wireless directly to apply.

Notes About Lifeline Phone Program

  1. You must use your service at least once every 30 days to remain eligible for Lifeline services.

  2. Only one Lifeline phone permitted per household.

  3. If you’re interested in receiving exclusive offers and reminders, sign up to receive Choice Wireless emails.

  4. If your phone is lost or stolen, contact Choice Wireless immediately so they can temporarily suspend your service to prevent unauthorized use.

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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