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New York: Listing of Free Government Phone Providers

New York Free Government PhonesThanks to the Federal Lifeline program and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), eligible low-income New York residents can get help with their phone bills.

In the past, prior to the creation of the Affordable Connectivity Program, there were only two options:

  • Receive a monthly discount on a landline phone
  • Receive a free government phone with free talk/text, and data.

Now, with the Affordable Connectivity Plan (formerly the EBB), qualified residents can either receive a free device or a discount on the purchase of a device such as a tablet, laptop, or computer. In addition to the discounted or free device, the ACP affords free unlimited talk, text and data (sometimes the data is not unlimited, depending on the phone company participating in the government programs).

While most landline phone service providers can offer the discounted landline option (call your current landline company and ask), not all offer free government phones. Below is a listing of the phone companies servicing New York that participate in the Lifeline and/or Affordable Connectivity Programs:

This list is not a comprehensive listing of all free phone providers in New York. As we come across more providers, we will update the list.

For Your InformationFacts about Lifeline benefits in NY: As of April 2023, of the over 2,587,000 families eligible to receive Lifeline benefits, only a little over 576,000 households are taking advantage of it. That means that about 78% of the eligible households are not enrolled and should be. This information is documented on the Universal Service Administrative Company USAC website.

If you know someone who could benefit from enrolling in Lifeline, share this with them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This site was created to help people find information about free government phones. The ower of this site does not mail, activate or repair free government phones nor provide phone service. If you have questions about phone service it is suggested that you contact the phone service provider directly.

Last Modified: 24 January 2024

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