Discount Smart Phones

Lifeline Discount Smart Phone Programs

Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides monthly telephone service discounts for eligible consumers living on low incomes, helping create access to the opportunities and security that phone service affords - including being able to connect to jobs, housing, family and 9-1-1. Lifeline is supported by the Universal Service Fund. For more information call 2-1-1.

The Lifeline discount can now be applied to smart phone service. In Washington, Access Wireless, Assurance Wireless, enTouch Wireless, Family Mobile, Life Wireless, Q Link WirelessSafelink Wireless,and TerraCom all offer no contract Lifeline smart phone service. Free voice mail, caller ID and call waiting are also included; smart phone handsets are not included. All of these companies sell Android smart phones for $50 or less.

You may qualify if you meet either of the criteria below.
1) You participate in any of these programs:

  • Aged, Blind & Disabled (ABD)
  • Community Options Program Entry System (COPES)
  • DSHS Chore Services
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Stamps (SNAP)
  • Housing & Essential Needs (HEN)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid, Medical Assistance & Medicare cost-sharing programs
  • National School Lunch Program (free lunch)
  • Refugee Assistance
  • State Family Assistance (SFA)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

OR...
2) Your household income is at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). 2018 guidelines are as follows:

# of Household Members / Gross Annual Income
1 = $16,389        5 = $39,717
2 = $22,221        6 = $45,549
3 = $28,053        7 = $51,381
4 = $33,885        8 = $57,213
*Add $5,832 for each additional person.

For detailed information about the providers in Washington, call 2-1-1 or visit their website here

Up-to-date information on Lifeline Wireless providers can be found at Free Government Cell Phones (www.freegovernmentcellphones.net)