Free Government Phones

Cintex Wireless

Cintex Wireless is another company that provides free wireless phones to qualified low-income individuals. Currently, they offer service in the states of Arkansas, Maryland, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Maine.

Because Cintex participates in the federal Lifeline program, they’re able to offer free cell phones, with the following talk/text and data plans.

1000 Talk minutes
Unlimited text messages
1 GB of Data

They also offer Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Premium Lifeline plans. Each plan is a no-contract plan for 30 days worth of service.

  • Bronze: 2000 Minutes | Unlimited Texts | 2 GB of Data
    Cost: $15 per month
  • Silver: Unlimited Minutes | Unlimited Texts | 2 GB Data
    Cost: $25 per month
  • Gold: Unlimited Minutes | Unlimited Texts | 4 GB Data
    Cost: $35 per month
  • Platinum: Unlimited Minutes | Unlimited Texts | 5 GB of Data
    Cost: $45 per month

While the premium Lifeline plans are attractive, it is a bit of a financial stretch for those individuals on a very limited budget.

Rather than purchase a bundled monthly plan, Cintex offers the option to purchase either additional minutes and/or additional data (Top Up) for 30 days as follows:

  • 240 Minutes - $10
  • 1,000 Minutes - $15
  • 2,000 Minutes - $20
  • Unlimited Minutes - $25
  • 1 GB data - $10
  • 3 GB Data - $25

Qualifying for Cintex Wireless

As a stipulation of the LIfeline program, in order to qualify for the free government phone, you must either have an income of 135% or below of the federal poverty guidelines. Or, if you or someone in your household participates in any one of the following government assistance programs:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

If you do qualify, make sure to gather the necessary documentation to prove your eligibility. In addition to the necesary proof of participation, you'll need proof of your identity. A government issued ID card such as military ID, driver's license or passport is sufficient.

Applying for Free Government Phones

After gathering the necessary documents, check to see if your state participates in the National Verification program. If your state is subject to National verification, you can begin the application process by visiting the portal. National Verification will determine our eligibility. Once your application is approved, you may follow the directions below.

Once you have confirmed your eligibility criteria, go to the Cintex website and click “Enroll Now.” You’ll have to provide a valid email address and zip code to get started.

If you prefer to complete a paper application, you can download and print the 8-page Lifeline Application form. Once you’ve completed the application you can either fax or mail it to them along with the necessary documentation to the following address:

9918 Brooklet Drive
Houston, TX 77099

Mailing the application takes longer to process than if you were to fax or submit it online. They ask that you allow 5 days to process the application.

Once you’ve submitted the application, you can check the status by calling them or visiting the customer portal. Make sure to have your enrollment ID to check status.

Refer A Friend

A unique feature to the Cintex Wireless service is their Refer-A-Friend plan. If you refer a qualified Lifeline member and they sign up for the plan, you get an extra 100 free minutes for each qualified referral. All you have to do is call Cintex with your friend’s name and phone number. That’s it. Once they sign up, you’ll see the extra minutes.


Please be advised that if someone else in your economic unit is already a member of the Lifeline government phone program you may not participate in this Cintex Wireless or any other free cell phone program. Only one Lifeline phone per household.

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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