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Life Wireless Free Government Phones

Life Wireless is another phone service provider offering free government phones (Android Smartphone) along with free airtime/text and data. They participate in the federal Lifeline program, which allows them to offer free government phones to qualified low-income households.

With a presence in over 30 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin), there’s a good chance Life Wireless is available where you live. If not, check out our State Listings to find a phone company that provides free Smartphones in your state.

What Life Wireless Offers

For eligible individuals, Life Wireless currently offers $1,000 free talk minutes, unlimited texting and 1 GB of data in most states. Please check the site to see the plans for your state.

If you require additional talk time or data, you can purchase more on their website, from the free phone, call customer service at 1-888-543-3620 or at any MoneyGram agent.

Be aware, however, that the the talk and text limit is for domestic calls/texts only. International calls/texts are not included.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the free government phone program you must participate in one of the following government assistance programs or have a household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines:

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

In addition to the above government assistance programs, if you live on Tribal lands recognized by the Federal government and participate in any of the programs outlined below, you qualify:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Note: There are different income requirements and additional qualifying programs for California residents.

Signing up for Service

Because the National Verification program is in the process of rolling out, residents in the affected states can visit CheckLifeline.org to begin the enrollment process. Once your application is approved through National Verification, you can then go to the Life Wireless site to complete the process.

Applicants living in states not yet subject to National Verification, to sign up for Life Wireless, just visit their site, enter your email address and zip code and click “Start Now.” Make sure you have gathered the appropriate documentation before beginning the application. You’ll need proof of participation in any of the above federal assistance programs. You’ll also need proof you are who you say you are such as a state issued drivers license, passport or other government issued ID. You’ll be required to upload and submit the proof on the website.

Things to Note:

  1. One per household: If you live in a household where someone is already receiving Lifeline benefits, you may not receive another free government phone. Only one allowed per household (economic unit). However, if you are in a facility such as a nursing home, where more than one resident subscribes to the Lifeline program, the one per household requirement does not apply. Although the residents reside at the same address, they are considered separate households/economic units. In such cases, there may be multiple free government phone subscribers at one location.
  2. All documentation must be dated within 12 months of the application date.
  3. Upon approval of your free wireless phone application, the phone will be shipped to the address you provided. Although you may not use a P.O. Box as a residential address when filling out the application, it can be used as a billing address. In other words, you may have your phone bills sent to the P.O. Box, while the actual phone is sent to your residence.
  4. If you move to a new address you must notify the provider within 30 days

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: 17 July 2019

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