Life Wireless has the free phone and minutes


Assurance Wireless does advertise free phone and minutes…


Verizon’s version of the Free Obama Phone is $33.99/mo


Lifeline & Link-Up for low-income Customers

As an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC), Alltel offers discounted wireless plans to qualified Customers under the Federal Universal Service Fund Low-Income program:

  • Lifeline Discount
    Allows qualifying low-income individuals to receive discounted rates on their monthly wireless service.
  • Link-Up Discount
    Provides a one-time discount on the activation fee for qualifying low-income individuals who are first-time Customers and who do not currently have telecommunications service.

Alltel’s Lifeline and Link-Up discounts are currently available in Georgia, Idaho, and North Carolina.

Lifeline plan

To be eligible for a monthly discount through a Lifeline plan, the person subscribing to the wireless service must:

  • Have a billing address or residential address in a state and locality where Lifeline plan is offered.
  • Meet the specific eligibility requirements of the state where he or she resides and submit a completed state certification form.
  • Meet the residency requirements for the Lifeline plan. It’s not sufficient if another member of the household qualifies. Only one Lifeline account per household is allowed.  Important: The state certification form requires the applicant to certify under penalty of perjury that neither the applicant nor any other member of his or her household receives Lifeline service from another carrier.
  • Agree to notify Alltel as soon as he or she is no longer eligible to participate in the low-income assistance program identified at the time of enrollment.

Lifeline benefits take effect when proof of eligibility is verified and the sales representative activates the account at the retail store. Basic features of the Lifeline plan include the following:

Monthly access fee $16.49
Anytime minutes 300
Additional Anytime Minutes $0.10 per minute
Nationwide local calling No toll charges
Roaming charges $0.59 per minute

You may add additional features, such as voicemail and text messaging, to your Lifeline service. Airtime or additional fees may apply. You can get more information by visiting

Lifeline Enrollment

Important: Only authorized Alltel sales representatives at Alltel retail stores can enroll you in a Lifeline plan.

To enroll for a Lifeline plan:

  1. Visit an Alltel retail store.
  2. Ask a sales representative to determine whether you reside in an ETC-designated area.
  3. Provide documentation that you meet the eligibility requirements for your state.
  4. Complete and sign the state-specific certification form under penalty of perjury.

The sales representative can now activate the account from the retail store. No contract is required. However, you may be required to purchase a device that costs at least $29.99.

Link-Up discount

To be eligible for a 50 percent discount on the activation fee through the Link-Up program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your income qualifies as low-income according to the rules of the program.
  • You are a first-time Customer.
  • You do not already have telecommunications service.

Note: If you have previously received a Link-Up discount from Alltel or another carrier, you cannot receive the Link-Up discount a second time.

If you qualify for the Link-Up discount, please complete the information on the certification form related to Link-Up eligibility.

Certification forms
Important: In Georgia, unresolved complaints concerning Lifeline and Link-Up service availability can be directed to the Georgia Public Service Commission’s Consumer Affairs Unit at 404.656-4501.

last updated 09/18/2012

Here’s the Alltel version of the Obama Phone. $16.49/mo

Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers. Lifeline helps ensure that eligible consumers have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services.  

This is from the horse’s mouth. It mentions “discounted service” but does not say $9.99/mo. The other post I gave says free phone and $9.99/mo but Verizon wants $33 and Alltel Wireless, $19.99 per month for their plans. I did not see a free plan. Still researching…

I have read through the carriers serving Georgia and have come to these conclusions:

This carrier may use Verizon.

“Additional ReachOut Wireless cell phone minutes never expire. Never! These Refill Minutes, as ReachOut calls them, simply roll over to the next month. So you can rest assured that every minute you buy for your phone will be valid until you use it. No matter how long it takes.” – from page

Your local wireless provider should have a program under one of these umbrella providers. My advice is, go to the local office and ask about the Free Cellphone Program. You may have to ask for a manager, etc, to find the person, but if they are local to you, you may avoid some of the problems dealing with the big companies. Ask them about the Lifeline Program and mention the free cellphone. There is usually one person who knows about this and a lot of workers who don’t. But read up first! Then you will be better able to tell them about it so they can tell others. 

Telephone and Wireless companies don’t usually have anything on the LifeLine program on their website. If it is, it takes some digging to find it.

Keep in mind, companies are having hard times too, as they don’t fill vacant positions to cut expenses. All companies seem to suffer from reduced customer service, outsourcing to India or other countries, poor English, reading from a computer, etc.

That person on the line is struggling to understand your problem, and if you get rude, they may hang up. This is why you have to take the reviews with a grain of salt. The person holding the receiver and the person who tried to help them are real people with the stress of the economy, some of us more than others.

Don’t blame the person in India, it’s not his or her personal fault. Try to be patient.

If you have to call customer service, try to call from a landline [a phone connected to a wall socket even if the handset is wireless]. You will be less stressed because you are not using up minutes, worried that the phone will run out of juice after you’ve been on hold a while, etc.

Take a deep breath. You are stressed because you depend on that phone and you don’t want to be without service. Remember that you willl talk to a person who also might have financial problems and probably has been yelled at all day.

Don’t give up. Ask for a supervisor. Keep calling. A different person might speak better English. Expect to be on hold for a while. Bring a small craft, light reading, or other slight distraction to the phone. Plan for an interruptible entertainment while on hold!

Your specific area may limit you to one of the umbrella providers and or one phone company.

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List of United States wireless communications service providers (in alphabetical order). According to the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), there are over 180 facilities-based wireless service providers in the United States.

The top 8 wireless telecommunications service providers in the United States, from largest to smallest by the number of current subscribers, are:

Of these, AT&T and T-Mobile use the GSM standard, while the other providers on the list, with the exception of TracFone, use CDMA. TracFone uses a combination of both GSM and CDMA. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile each operate nationwide wireless networks which cover most of the population in the United States. The smaller carriers provide native network coverage across selected regions of the United States while supplementing nationwide coverage through roaming agreements with other carriers.

[edit] List of all U.S. wireless service providers by alphabetical order

This table’s factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. Please help improve the article by updating it. There may be additional information on the talk page. (September 2012)
Operator Voice Technology Data Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless
MVNO using AT&T and Sprint Nextel
GSM, CDMA GPRS Unknown 7-Eleven, Inc.
Airfire Mobile GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Airadigm Communications
Alaska Communications CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO, LTE 0.120 [10] (June 2012) Alaska Communications
Appalachian Wireless CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO, LTE 0.103 (2010 December) Appalachian Wireless
ASTAC GSM GPRS, WiMax Unknown The Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative
Asset/Vada Wireless
MVNO using AT&T/ TMobile
GSM Unknown Vada MVNE
AT&T Mobility
•Includes GoPhone Prepaid, Dobson Cellular, Edge Wireless and Centennial Wireless
GSM, UMTS, HSDPA GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE 103.2[2] (Q4 2011) AT&T[11]
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO, WiMAX Unknown Cbeyond
Blue CDMA/GSM WiMax Unknown [2]
Bluegrass Cellular CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO, WiMax 0.130 [12] (2005 May) Bluegrass Cellular, Inc.
Boost Mobile
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA, iDEN CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Sprint Nextel
Broadpoint GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Petrocom Inc.
Calhan Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+ Unknown Calhan Wireless Inc.
call4care GSM Unknown ASPIDER Solutions
Carolina West Wireless CDMA Unknown Unknown Partnership between Skyline Telephone, Surry Telephone and Wilkes Telephone
Cellcom CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown NSight Telservices
Cellular One of East Central Illinois GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Cellular Properties Inc.
Cellular One of East Arizona GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Smith Bagley
Cellular One of Northeast Pennsylvania
•Acquired by Verizon Wireless [13]
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown South Canaan Cellular
Cellular One Bermuda CDMA, UMTS CDMA2000, EV-DO, HSPA Unknown Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd.
Cellular One Nation GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown MTPCS, LLC.
Cellular One TXOK GSM GPRS Unknown Choice Wireless, LLC
C Spire Wireless CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO 0.700 [14] (2007 December) Cellular South
Chariton Valley Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Chariton Valley Telephone Company
Cincinnati Bell Wireless GSM, GAN, UMTS EDGE, HSPA 0.533 [15] (April 2011) Cincinnati Bell, Inc. (100%)
Clearwire WiMAX 6.148 [16] (May 2011) Clearwire (27%), Sprint Nextel (51%), others (22%)
Clear Talk CDMA CDMA2000 Unknown NTCH
CloseCall America
MVNO using Verizon and Sprint
CDMA Unknown CloseCall America
Commnet Wireless GSM, CDMA Unknown Commnet Wireless
Consumer Cellular
MVNO using AT&T
GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Consumer Cellular
Cordova Wireless GSM GPRS Unknown Cordova Telephone
Corr Wireless
•Being acquired by Cellular South
GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Corr Wireless
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Working Assets
Cricket Communications
•Includes Jump Mobile Prepaid
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO 5.848 [9] (February 2011) Leap Wireless
Cross Communications GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Cross Communications
DTC Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown DTC Wireless Systems
Eclipse Mobile CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown New World Innovators Inc.
Earthtones GSM Unknown Unknown [3]
Element Mobile CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Element Mobile
Epic PCS GSM CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Epic Touch
Fuzion Mobile GSM Unknown Fuzion Mobile, Inc.
GCI Wireless GSM, UMTS, CDMA GPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000, EV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+ 0.141 [17] (June 2012) General Communication
Golden State Cellular CDMA CDMA2000 Unknown California RSA No.3
MVNO using Verizon
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown GreatCall Inc.
GTC Wireless
MVNO using AT&T
GSM Unknown Atrium Wireless Partners, LLC
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Kroger
i wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Iowa Wireless Services
Immix GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Immix
Indigo Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Indigo Wireless
Jolt Wireless
MVNO using AT&T
GSM Unknown Jolt Wireless
KTC PACE GSM GPRS Unknown Kaplan Telephone Company
Liberty Wireless
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown TelePlus Enterprises, Inc.
Lightyear Wireless
MVNO using Sprint and Verizon
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO 0.060 [18] (2010 July) Lightyear Network Solutions
Locus Mobile
MVNO using AT&T and Verizon
GSM, CDMA Unknown Locus Telecommunications
Long Lines Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Long Lines
MetroPCS CDMA CDMA2000, LTE 8.881 (May 2011)[7] MetroPCS Communications, Inc.
Mobal Freedom
MVNO using AT&T
GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Mobal Communications
Mobi PCS CDMA EV-DO Unknown Coral Wireless LLC dba Mobi PCS
Movida Wireless
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO 0.267 [19] (2008 March) Movida Communications, Inc.
NEP Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone
Nex-Tech Wireless CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Nex-Tech
nTelos CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO 0.424 [20] (June 2012) nTelos Holdings Corp.
Page Plus Cellular
MVNO using Verizon
CDMA CDMA2000 Unknown Page Plus Cellular
Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc. DBA PTCI Cellular CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown PTCI Cellular
Pine Cellular GSM GPRS Unknown Pine Cellular
Pioneer Cellular CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Pioneer Cellular
Plateau Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE 0.079[21] (April 2011) PlateauTel
PlatinumTel Prepaid Wireless
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA Unknown PlatiumTel Communications, LLC
Pocket Communications CDMA 1xRTT Unknown Pocket Communications
Pure Mobile
MVNO using Verizon
CDMA Unknown Powered by Telrite
Pure Prepaid
MVNO using AT&T
GSM Unknown Powered by Telrite
Pure TalkUSA
MVNO using AT&T
GSM Unknown Powered by Telrite
Republic Wireless
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA Unknown
Revol Wireless CDMA CDMA2000 Unknown Cleveland Unlimited
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown HH Ventures
Simmetry GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Simmetry
Simple Mobile
MVNO using T-Mobile USA
GSM, UMTS, GAN GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+ 1 [22] Simple Mobile
Shaka Mobile
MVNO using Verizon and Sprint
GSM, CDMA GPRS, EV-DO Unknown Shaka Mobile
SouthernLINC iDEN 0.17 [23] (April 2011) Southern Company
Sprint Nextel
•Includes Sprint Network, Nextel Network, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA
Wholesale and affiliates
CDMA, iDEN, UMTS CDMA2000, EV-DO, WiMAX, LTE 55 [3]Q4 2011 Sprint Nextel Corporation
Standing Rock Telecom CDMA Unknown Tribally Owned
Stelera Wireless HSPA Unknown Stelera Wireless LLC
STI Mobile
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown STi Mobile
Service Signal Wireless
Syringa Wireless CDMA CDMA2000 0.00135 Syringa Wireless
Telecom North America Mobile Inc GSM GPRS Unknown Telecom North America Inc
TerreStar GSM terrestrial and satellite GPRS, EDGE, HSPA Unknown Terrestar Corporation
Thumb Cellular CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO 0.037 Thumb Cellular
T-Mobile USA
•Includes T-Mobile To Go Prepaid and SunCom
GSM, UMTS, GAN GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+ 33.635 [24] (May 2011) Deutsche Telekom
TracFone Wireless
MVNO using Claro Puerto Rico, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile USA
•Includes NET10 and Straight Talk
GSM, CDMA GPRS, CDMA2000 19 (December 2010) [25] América Móvil
MVNO using T-Mobile USA
GSM, UMTS, HSDPA GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA Unknown Software Cellular Network Ltd (North America)
Trumpet Mobile
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Affinity Mobile
Union Wireless GSM GPRS Unknown Union Telephone
U.S. Cellular
•Includes TalkTracker Prepaid
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO, LTE 5.8 [8] (June 2012) U.S. Cellular Corporation
Verizon Wireless
•Includes INPulse Prepaid, Unicel
CDMA, UMTS CDMA2000, EV-DO, LTE 94.2 [26] (August 2012 Verizon Communications (55%) and Vodafone (45%)
Viaero Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+ Unknown Viaero Wireless
Virgin Mobile USA
MVNO using Sprint
CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown Sprint Nextel
Wal-Mart Family Mobile
MVNO using T-Mobile
GSM, UMTS, GAN GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA Unknown Wal-Mart Family Mobile
West Central Wireless GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown West Central Wireless
Westlink GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown Westlink Communications
XIT Communications GSM GPRS, EDGE Unknown XIT Communications

[edit] See also

[edit] References

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  2. ^ a b “AT&T’s 4Q11 Earnings Highlighted by Strong Mobile Broadband Sales and Cash Flows | AT&T”. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b “Sprint Newsroom | Sprint Nextel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results”. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  4. ^ “News Headlines”. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ Munchbach, Andrew (2011-02-25). “T-Mobile takes a beating in Q4 2010; sheds 318,000 contract customers, post-paid churn at 3.6%”. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ TracFone Wireless (2011-12-31). “Tour”. Tracfone. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  7. ^ a b “MetroPCS – Investor Relations – Press Release”. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
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  9. ^ a b “Leap Wireless – Media Relations – Press Release”. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
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United States mobile communication brands
MVNOs (Virtual)

Is it GSM or CDMA? Here’s how to tell. Free cellphone provider Life Wireless lets you use an existing GSM phone. Unfortunately for us, ours are CDMA…

The ability for the financially disadvantaged to get a free cell phone in these tough economic times is moving at breakneck speed across the country. While the Lifeline Assistance and Link-Up programs were helping people afford landline phones since 1996. It wasn’t until 2008 that the first state certified a company to provide cell phones. That was when Tracfone launched Safelink Wireless in Tennessee.

Safelink Wireless went on a tear from state to state, expanding their subscriber base into the millions. Meanwhile, other companies like Virgin Mobile’s Assurance Wireless and Nexus Communications’ ReachOut Wireless were formed and are moving into states across the country as well.

In all, there are 38 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, where the government cell phone program is available to low-income and others already on government assistance.

Check your state

To check on your own state’s providers and specific qualification criteria, just click on your state below. Some states have all three of the aforementioned companies (the “Big 3″) and perhaps even some smaller players. Some states have one or two companies, and sadly if you do not see your name on the list, your state does not yet have service. But it could very well soon, in fact, it’s very likely.

Alaska | Alabama | Arkansas | Arizona | California | Connecticut | District of Columbia | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | lllinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota |
Mississippi | Missouri | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Oklahoma | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin

Is your state not on the list?

If your state is not listed, we can alert you when it is. Just add your email address to our email updates list by keying your email address into the form below. Whenever a new carrier is approved in any state we will alert you; plus you’ll get other news from our government cell phone news page.

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If you think you qualify, read up! There are lots of providers out there. Narrow it down by state; Georgia has four providers and they have slightly different plans. The basic program [national] provides 250 mins and 250 texts/mo free with ways to get extra minutes and data for a monthly fee.

This one also made me cry. For anyone who has lost a baby. We lost our James Arvie on Memorial Day 1988 at 16 weeks. I wish we had had presence of mind to take pictures. The hospital did, and I didn’t want the file for 9 days. They discarded it before I decided I did need it and desperately! So this video hurts, but it was very helpful to me. I post it hoping those of you still in the childbearing years will have this knowledge, that maybe at the time you don’t want a picture, but having it put up someplace might help you later. Grief never completely goes away, but it does get easier to bear 🙂

This video is really beautiful. I did cry. Be sure you have a hanky!

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