Free Government Phones

North Carolina: Listing of Free Government Phone Providers

Low-income residents in the state of North Carolina have the opportunity to receive either a free cell phone (with free airtime/texting and data) or a discount on their home landline. This service is made possible through the federal Lifeline program.

While most North Carolina phone companies participate in the Lifeline program and can offer monthly discounts on landlines, only a few select companies offer free phones with the associated voice/text and data.

Below is a listing of wireless phone providers offering free government phones in the state of North Carolina:

Companies offering discounted Lifeline phone benefits (not free):

This list may not contain all of the phone companies in North Carolina that participate in the Lifeline free and discounted phone service, but it is a good start. As we become aware of more companies, we will add them (or delete the ones no longer in service).

Note: North Carolina is one of the states subject to the National Verification process. As a result, residents can apply for Lifeline benefits using the National Verification portal.

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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