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Fun Facts About Free Government Phones

Updated on August 4, 2017

Free Government Cell Phones

It's true, you could be eligible for free government cell (mobile) phones from the people in Washington DC. They probably don't want to call you; they won't be waking you in the middle of the night to ask if your refrigerator is running. You're safe. Here are some fun facts and amazing information about this program. It's free and it just might be for you. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

  • The United States Government is paying for free wireless phones for eligible residents. Through these programs, people can get free service, free phones and other hardware, and free monthly minutes. There's no cost for any of it.
  • The program is administered by the zip code where you live, and we all live in a zip code. It is currently available in many states such as Alabama, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Other states will be added soon. Keep checking back here or check somewhere else.
  • Free government cell phones often include rollover minutes, free voice mail, free called ID and free call waiting. The precise number of free monthly minutes varies by state.
  • Participants in the program do not get a bill in the mail and are not obligated to agree to a contract. You won't get stuck with a monthly fee.
  • Requirements vary somewhat, according to state of residence. Ohio residents, for example, are eligible if they receive benefits from any of these programs:
    • Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Medicaid
    • Food Stamps
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Free National School Lunch Program (NSL)
    • General Assistance/Disability Assistance
    • Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
    • Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI)
    • Ohio Works First or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • Eligibility may also be determined by income level. Families who earn up to 150% of the US Poverty level may also qualify:
Persons in Family or Household 
                                       Annual Income     Monthly Income
1                                      $16,245           $1,354
2                                      $21,855           $1,822
3                                      $27,465           $2,289
4                                      $33,075           $2,757
5                                      $38,685           $3,224
6                                      $44,295           $3,692
7                                      $49,905           $4,159
8                                      $55,515           $4,627
For each additional person, add...     $5,610            $468

Free Government Phones
Free Government Phones
  • Free government phones, some from SafeLink, do not expire, but some participants will be selected randomly on an annual basis to provide proof of eligibility. Proof of eligibility must be maintained in order to keep using the phone and have the free minutes. An online form is available to provide proof of eligibility. The online proof of eligibility form requires simple information such as name, date of birth, phone number, state, and two check boxes. The first check box confirms that the phone recipient is a head of household and is not claimed as a dependent on some else's tax return. The second check box confirms that the free government phone recipient is indeed a free government phone recipient and no one else at the same address is a free government phone recipient. President Obama will not be checking up on you, nor will the AARP, so don't worry.
  • Participants who become ineligible are required by the FCC to voluntarily remove themselves from the program. They are eligible to keep the device, continue using the free government phone and purchase airtime from wireless phone providers.
  • An online application is available for potential free government phone recipients.

In The News

Recently, much attention has been given in the media to a fortunate recipient of a free Obama Phone sufficiently vocal as to be featured on many media outlets. The happy lady proudly exhibited her propensity to be awarded a gratis government phone. Look for on CNN, Fox news, and Daryl Parks' Blog at


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    ferrie d smith 

    11 years ago

    I'm so greatful that government could come up with such program for poor /unemployed or those who have such little means

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    11 years ago

    i thank this is alsomefor those of us who funds don't stretch very far bless you for the help

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    paul tully 

    11 years ago

    thank god for your help

  • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

    nicomp really 

    11 years ago from Ohio, USA

    @creativeone59: Thank you for thanking me!

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    Benny Faye Ashton Douglass 

    11 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

    Thank you for your valuable hub and information , Thank for sharing. creativeone59

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    50 Caliber 

    11 years ago from Arizona

    Not available in Arizona, dang, I was getting ready to sign up. If they are giving stuff away, get it while you can, LOL.

    I could call my self and leave long messages to burn the minutes.

    I'd rather get a block of that good government cheese.

    Good post, I think there was a time when that would have chapped my hide, but being a drop out has it's advantages.

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    11 years ago from florida

    Nicomp, it sounds like the government has become an enabler. But free phones could benefit the many unemployed. Good Hub!

  • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

    nicomp really 

    11 years ago from Ohio, USA

    @The Old Firm: Free government phones for all.

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    The Old Firm 

    11 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

    I'm astounded. Also at the level that the US has set as poverty threshold. I assume that it's 2/3 of the figures quoted.



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