Smartphone Expert Shares How People With Low Income Are Getting Free Smartphones



A unique government program provides those who qualify with a new smartphone and unlimited talk, text, and data absolutely free. To be eligible for this program, applicants must be a part of Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, low-income, VA Survivor's benefit, or Section 8 Housing.

This unique program has been around since 1985 and was expanded in 2016 and re-updated by the government in 2022. This level of benefit has never happened before. 

This phone service is for qualifying low-income people only in the United States. The US Government created this service to give all Americans the opportunities and security that having a phone gives them--including finding jobs, accessing transportation, and emergency services. Plus, bringing together families through access to a phone.

The program is available for eligible low-income consumers in most states, territories, and Tribal lands.


  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Tribal-specific programs: Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Head Start
  • Income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs

Those interested in seeing if they qualify can fill out a form. If applicants are approved, they will receive their phone. We strongly encourage anyone who qualifies to go through the process.

If desired, Americans can keep their current phone and phone number.


Lifeline program for low-income consumers. Federal Communications Commission. (2022, April 19). Retrieved April 22, 2022, from

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