Free Cellphone for Qualifying Residents
The Lifeline Assistance program offers free cellphones, data, and minutes to qualifying Washington residents.
You can get a free phone if you...
- Are on food stamps or SNAP
- Are on Medicaid/Apple Health
- Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Get federal public house assistance (section 8)
- Get a veteran's pension or survivor's benefits
- Get help from the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Get Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Are part of Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Get help from the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
You also qualify if your total household income is at or less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. How much money is that in dollars?
How to Get Your Free Cellphone
The providers below offer free cellphones to Washington residents through the federal Lifeline Assistance program. Sign up for your phone by calling them or visiting their website:
- Assurance Wireless (1-888-321-5880): Free smartphone, 350 free voice minutes each month, unlimited texts and 2GB of free data each month.
COVID-19 additional benefit: Unlimited domestic calling & texting plus an extra 6GB data free through 5/20/2020.
- Safelink Wireless (1-800-723-3546): Keep your own phone and get 1000 free monthly minutes, a free SIM card, and 1GB of free data each month.
COVID-19 additional benefit: Unlimited talk & text and an extra 5GB data free through 4/29/2020.
Some major wireless carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are also offering special deals and plan enhancements to Lifeline members during the COVID-19 crisis. Call your carrier for more information.