If you are lucky enough to live in a state where there is more than one free government cell phone carrier, choosing the right free cell phone company is important.  Not all free government cell phone carriers are created equal.  Some companies give you less free minutes and other companies charge an arm and a leg for extra voice minutes and text messaging.

Well, leave it to Free Government Cell Phones 4 U to break down the process of choosing a free government cell phone service carrier.  Below you will find all of the high level information you might need to make a decision on which company to sign up with.

Assurance Wireless

Provides Service In: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Basic Cell Phone Plan: 250 Free voice minutes a month.  Voice minutes above the free 250 free minutes are charged at 10 cents per minute.  Assurance Wireless phone service does not include text messaging.  Text messages are charged at 10 cents per message sent or received.

Additional Minutes:

  • $5 for 250 additional minutes
  • $20 for 750 additional minutes and 1,000 text messages (sent or received)

Additional Text Messages

  • $5 for 200 text messages

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Assurance Wireless varies by state.  In most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  Check your state’s specific eligibility guidelines.  However, you may qualify for Assurance Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP.

Care Wireless

Provides Service In: Illinois

Basic Cell Phone Plan: 250 free voice minutes a month.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged at 0.4 minutes per message.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $10 for 200 additional voice minutes
  • $20 for 400 additional voice minutes
  • $30 for 600 additional voice minutes
  • $50 for 1,000 additional voice minutes

Additional Text Messages

  • Text messages are charged at 2 cents per sent or received text message.  Picture messaging is charged at 10 cents per sent or received picture message.

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Care Wireless is determined by government program-based eligibility.  Check Illinois’ specific eligibility guidelines.  However, you may qualify for Care Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP.

Conexion Wireless

Provides Service In: Arkansas, Maryland, and West Virginia.

Basic Cell Phone Plan: 100 free voice minutes a month.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged at one dollar per message.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $5 for additional 60 voice minutes
  • $10 for additional 125 voice minutes
  • $20 for additional 250 voice minutes
  • $30 for additional 375 voice minutes

Additional Text Messages

  • $5 for additional 60 text messages
  • $10 for additional 125 text messages
  • $20 for additional 250 text messages
  • $30 for additional 375 text messages

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Conexion Wireless varies by state.  In most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  Check your state’s specific eligibility guidelines.

Life Wireless

Provides Service In: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, and West Virginia.

Basic Cell Phone Plan: Life Wierless plans vary by state.

Basic Cell Phone Plan in Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, and West Virgina:

  • 68 free rollover voice minutes per month (100 minutes in Illinois).  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.5 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.

Basic Cell Phone Plan in Georgia:

  • 68 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.5 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 125 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 250 free monthly minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes do not rollover from month to month.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $5 for additional 60 voice minutes
  • $10 for additional 125 voice minutes
  • $20 for additional 250 voice minutes
  • $30 for additional 375 voice minutes

Additional Text Messages

  • $10 for additional 101 text messages
  • $20 for additional 202 text messages
  • $7.95 for 3-day unlimited talk & text
  • $12.95 for 1-week unlimited talk & text
  • $21.49 for 2-week unlimited talk & text
  • $42.95 for 1-month unlimited talk & text

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Life Wireless varies by state.  In most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  Check your state’s specific eligibility guidelines.

Qlink Wireless

Provides Service In: Qlink Wireless has not announced where they will be rolling out service.  However, we believe that they will offer service in the same states that Reachout Wireless offers service (see below).

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 68 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.3 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 125 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 250 free monthly minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes do not rollover from month to month.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $9.99 for additional 50 voice minutes
  • $19.99 for additional 120 voice minutes
  • $29.99 for additional 200 voice minutes
  • $59.99 for additional 450 voice minutes

Additional Text Messages

  • Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged at a rate of 5 cents per message

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Qlink Wireless varies by state.  However, in most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  You may qualify for Qlink Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP.

Reachout Wireless

Provides Service In: Arkansas, California (In California, Reachout Wireless charges a small monthly fee), Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 68 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.3 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 125 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 250 free monthly minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes do not rollover from month to month.
  • California residents must pay a minimum of $2.50 per month for their plan.

Additional Minutes:

  • $3.00 for 20 additional voice minutes
  • $5.00for 40 additional voice minutes
  • $10.00 for 120 additional voice minutes
  • $20.00 for 300 additional voice minutes
  • $30.00 for 500 additional voice minutes
  • $50.00 for 950 additional voice minutes
  • $26.50 for unlimited voice minutes and text messages

Additional Text Messages

  • Rate for additional text messages are determined by the plan you are enrolled in (see above)

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Reachout Wireless varies by state.  In most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  Check your state’s specific eligibility guidelines.  However, you may qualify for Reachout Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP.

Safelink Wireless

Provides Service In: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 68 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.3 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 125 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 250 free monthly minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes do not rollover from month to month.

Additional Minutes:

  • $19.99 for 200 additional voice minutes
  • $24.99 for 250 additional voice minutes
  • $29.99 for 300 additional voice minutes

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Safelink Wireless varies by state.  In most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  Check your state’s specific eligibility guidelines.  However, you may qualify for Safelink Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP.

Standup Wireless

Provides Service In: Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, and West Virginia

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 100 free rollover voice minutes per month and 100 free rollover incoming or outgoing text messages per month.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $14.95 for additional 400 voice minutes and 400 text messages
  • $29.95 for unlimited voice minutes and 1,000 text messages

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Standup Wireless varies by state.  However, in most states you can qualify for Standup Wireless service under government program-based eligibility.  You may qualify for Standup Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP.

Tag Mobile

Provides Service In: Arkansas, Louisiana

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 68 free monthly rollover minutes.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $7.00 for additional 100 voice minutes
  • $20.00 for additional 500 voice minutes
  • $30.00 for additional 1000 voice minutes

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • You may qualify for Tag Mobile service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP, or your total household income is below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Terracom Wireless

Provides Service In: Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Maryland, Nevada, and West Virginia

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 68 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.3 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 125 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 250 free monthly minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes do not rollover from month to month.
  • Oklahoma Lifeline Unlimited Plan: Each month users received unlimited voice minutes for $6.20 USD + taxes per month.  Text messaging is not included in the the unlimited plan.  This plan is only available to Oklahoma residents.
  • Oklahoma Lifeline 1000 Plan: Each month users received 1000 voice minutes for $1 USD + taxes per month.  Text messages are charged at a rate of 1 minute per incoming or outgoing text message.  Voice minutes do not rollover in the Oklahoma Lifeline 1000 Plan.  This plan is only available to Oklahoma residents.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $5 for additional 60 voice minutes
  • $10 for additional 200 voice minutes
  • $15 for additional 300 voice minutes
  • $20 for additional 400 voice minutes
  • $25 for additional 500 voice minutes
  • $30 for additional 600 voice minutes
  • $50 for additional 1300 voice minutes
  • $60 for additional 1700 voice minutes

Additional Text Messages

  • Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged at a rate of 10 cents per message

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Terracom Wireless varies by state.  However, in most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  You may qualify for Terracom Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP, or if your total household income is at or below 135% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Yourtel Wireless

Provides Service In: Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 68 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.3 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 125 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.
  • 250 free monthly minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 1 minute.  Unused minutes do not rollover from month to month.
  • Oklahoma Lifeline Unlimited Plan: Each month users received unlimited voice minutes for $6.20 USD + taxes per month.  Text messaging is not included in the the unlimited plan.  This plan is only available to Oklahoma residents.
  • Oklahoma Lifeline 1000 Plan: Each month users received 1000 voice minutes for $1 USD + taxes per month.  Text messages are charged at a rate of 1 minute per incoming or outgoing text message.  Voice minutes do not rollover in the Oklahoma Lifeline 1000 Plan.  This plan is only available to Oklahoma residents.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $5 for additional 60 voice minutes
  • $10 for additional 200 voice minutes
  • $15 for additional 300 voice minutes
  • $20 for additional 400 voice minutes
  • $25 for additional 500 voice minutes
  • $30 for additional 600 voice minutes
  • $50 for additional 1300 voice minutes
  • $60 for additional 1700 voice minutes

Additional Text Messages

  • Incoming and outgoing text messages over your aloted monthly limit are charged at a rate of 10 cents per message

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Terracom Wireless varies by state.  However, in most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  You may qualify for Terracom Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP, or if your total household income is at or below 135% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Wireless for Hope

Provides Service In: Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and West Virginia

Basic Cell Phone Plan:

  • 100 free monthly rollover minutes.  Incoming and outgoing text messages are charged 0.3 minutes.  Unused minutes rollover from month to month.

Additional Voice Minutes:

  • $5 for additional 35 voice minutes
  • $10 for additional 75 voice minutes
  • $20 for additional 160 voice minutes
  • $30 for additional 270 voice minutes
  • $50 for additional 700 voice minutes

Additional Text Messages

  • Incoming and outgoing text messages are chard at three texts per minute

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility criteria for Wireless for Hope varies by state.  However, in most states you can qualify under income-based eligibility OR government program-based eligibility.  You may qualify for Terracom Wireless service if you are enrolled in at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, National School free Lunch Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs, SSI, TANF, or LIHEAP, or if your total household income is at or below 135% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.