Free Government Phones

Maryland: Listing of Free Government Phone Providers

Maryland residents who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for free government cell phones made possible by the Lifeline program. The lifeline program not only offers free phones with service, they also offer discounts on landline phone service. If eligible, Maryland residents can choose one of the two forms of assistance.

While a large number of phone companies offer discounted service through the Lifeline program (just call and ask), there are only a select few that offer free cellphones with free talk/text and data. Below is a listing of phone providers offering free government phones in the state of Maryland:

Companies offering discounted Lifeline phone benefits (not free):

The above list may not include all companies providing free and discounted Lifeline service in Maryland, but it's a start. As we become aware of additional companies, they'll be added to the list. Similarly, if the companies no longer operate in the state, we'll delete them.

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:

  • From December 1, 2019-November 30,2020 - $7.25 per month credit
  • From December 1, 2020-November 30,2021 - $5.25 per month credit
  • Effective December 1,2021 - $0.00

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 June 2021

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