Free Government Phones

South Dakota: Listing of Free Government Phone Providers

Thanks to the Federal Lifeline program, eligible low-income South Dakota residents can get help with their phone bills. There are two options:

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

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 South Dakota that offer free phones:

Companies offering discounted Lifeline phone benefits (not free):

  • CenturyLink
  • Admittedly, the list is rather sparse. We'll continue to search for additional free and discounted Lifeline phone providers in South Dakota and update the list accordingly.

    Note: South Dakota 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:

    • Currently until November 30, 2019 - $9.25 per month credit
    • 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.


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    Last Modified: 25 September 2019

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