The following companies offer free cell phones and a monthly allotment of minutes, compliments of the government’s Lifeline program. Here are the big three:

Safelink Wireless – Safelink Wireless is a brand of Tracfone. This is the largest, oldest and best known of the companies that offer free government cell phones. They have more than 2,000,000 customers in 31 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. And they’re coming soon to the remaining 19 states.

Assurance Wireless – Assurance Wireless is a brand of Sprint Nextel. It is one of the newer companies participating in the Lifeline program, but it’s growing very rapidly because it is a subsidiary of Virgin Wireless. It serves 23 states and the Disctrict of Columbia.

ReachOut Wireless – ReachOut Wireless ­is a regional company that isn’t as large as some of the others, but still an outstanding option. They currently offer the LifeLine service in 13 southern and Midwestern states.

Others:

Assist Wireless – This Lifeline cell phone provider offers cell phone plans in Arkansas, Maryland, and Oklahoma. They have a number of different plans.

Budget Mobile – This regional Lifeline cell phone provider offers cell phone plans in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada and Rhode Island.

Cintex Wireless – This regional Lifeline provider offers cell phone plans in Arkansas, Maine, Maryland, Rhode Island or West Virginia.

Care Wireless – This brand of prepaid phone company PlatinumTel Wireless offers phones in Illinois.

Conexion Wireless – This primarily prepaid wireless phone company offers phones for Arkansas and Maryland.

i-Wireless – This division of Cincinnati Bell serves Ohio only. Residents of Ohio should look into this service before settling on one of the big providers.

Life Wireless – Life Wireless is a regional free cell phone provider in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico and West Virginia.

StandUp Wireless – StandUp Wireless is a regional free cell phone provider in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland and Missouri.

Terracom Wireless – A regional provider that serves the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, West Virginia, Maryland, Iowa and Nevada. Sister company to Yourtel Wireless.

Yourtel Wireless – A regional provider that serves the states of Kansas, Illinois. Missouri, Oklahoma, Washington and Rhode Island.. Sister company to Terracom Wireless.

True Wireless – A five state provider that serves Arkansas, Maryland, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Texas.

Tag Mobile – A regional player in the states of Arkansas and Louisiana.

Wireless for Hope – A regional player in Arkansas and Lousiana.

Alaska Communications – They only do one state: Alaska. But they do it well: unlimited talk and text!

I’ve been to all 4 providers in GA and NONE cover my area 😦

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