Free Government Phones

Ohio: Listing of Free Government Phone Providers

Ohio residents who are having a difficult time paying their phone bills may qualify for the Ohio Lifeline program.

Lifeline is a federal program administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The purpose is to provide telephone service for low-income individuals and families. The phone assistance may come in the form of a free cell phone with free airtime/texting and data, or in discounted landline service.

While most phone companies participate in the landline monthly phone discount (just call your phone company and ask), not all companies offer free phones. Below is a listing of phone providers offering free government phones in the state of Ohio:

Companies offering discounted Lifeline phone benefits (not free):

The above list may not include all companies providing free and discounted Lifeline service in Ohio, but it's a start. As we become aware of additional companies, they'll be added to the list. We will also periodically weed out those companies no longer doing business in the state.

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: 25 September 2019

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