There are 35 Lifeline phone providers. Most of these providers offer about the same type of plan. The plans will vary in the number of texts as well as minutes you'll receive. It's important to compare each one of these plans that are offered in your state to ensure you are getting the best value for your dollar and a plan that works for your needs.
Lifeline Free Cell Phone Providers

Tempo Communications

Tempo is a free government cell phone program that offers you 500 minutes of talk, free cell phone, 500MB data, and unlimited texts.


StandUp Wireless

Free Smartphone, 500 minutes voice, unlimited texting, plus 500 MB data!

Lifeline Discount Cell Phone Providers

You many find that you qualify for the Lifeline Assistance program's free phone plans, but that none of the companies offer service where you live. Or perhaps the free phone plans you did find in your area aren't acceptable to you for one reason or another. The good news is that you have another option. The companies below, while not offering free cell phone plans, do offer substantial Lifeline discounts off their regular mobile phone plans in some states. If you can find one in your state you may be able to get a fantastic plan at a discount price:

Viaero Wireless

Applicants in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arkansas can receive the federal discount of $9.25 as well as the additional state discount of $3.50. Residents in these states will be able to save $12.25 off of their Viaero Wireless plan.


U.S. Cellular

In 26 US states US Cellular does business. In just fifteen of those states it offers the Lifeline program. The states with service include Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virgi