Free Cell Phone Plans

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When many spend $100 and more on their cell phone plans, it’s hard to believe that you can actually get them for free. Most of these free cell phone plans require you to receive Lifeline Support (you can check eligibility here) , others simply offer a specific, often lower, amount of minutes, texts, and data. Still, if you are in need of cell phone service but can’t pay the usual prices, the following cell phone plans are definitely worth looking into.
This mobile phone service promotes itself as the first one to offer free plans. They also offer a fairly wide selection of phones, including smartphones.
Free monthly plan includes:
500MB of data
500 texts
200 minutes
No contract
This is one of the Lifeline carriers and will ask if you are receiving Lifeline assistance as a part of the eligibility process.
Free monthly plan includes:
350 minutes
350 texts
*For a limited time you can get a free smartphone with 500 minutes and 500 texts for the first three months. After this period, your free plan is switched to the one above.
Assurance is also a Lifeline carrier through Virgin Mobile. Although it is unclear, it seems the cell phone is not a smartphone, although it is free.
Free monthly plan includes
500 minutes for first 4 months
350 minutes after
Unlimited texts
No contract
While there may be many other carriers offering free plans, these are the most easily accessible. There is one honorable mention that did not make the list because it’s accompanying cell phone, the Coolpad Arise, is currently discontinued for redesign: Scratch Wireless. It phone uses a wi-fi first technology that limits the amount of data you use. The re-release date hasn’t been announced, but the free service and $99 phone is worth looking out for.   

Getting Lifeline assistance will make it much easier to get a free phone plan. It is a government run program that assists low-income individuals get cell phones and stay connected. To qualify you must be at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. If you are receiving other government aid, it may also qualify you for assistance. Again, you check eligibility and apply here.

By: Alecia Stanton

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