California: Listing of Free Govt Phone Providers
Thanks to the Federal Lifeline program, eligible low-income California 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 California that offer free phones:
Companies offering discounted Lifeline phone benefits (not free):
The above is not necessarily a complete list of free and discounted Lifeline phone providers in California. As we come across more providers, we'll add them to the list. We also periodically review the list to remove those providers no longer servicing the California area
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: 25 September 2019
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