Free/Low Cost Phone Guide

Illinois Lifeline Program 

The federal government created the Lifeline Assistance program for free & discounted cellphone service in 1985 for consumers enrolled/eligible for the following programs:

  • Medicaid 
  • SNAP 
  • SSI 
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Veterans & Survivors pension benefit
  • Anyone who has income under 135% of Poverty Line 

Assurance Wireless

Safelink Wireless

  • FREE smartphone OR FREE sim card for existing smartphone 
  • DISCOUNTED, no contract, prepaid plans 
  • Save $10 or more/month on already low prices 
  • Plans start at $15/month
  • To enroll:



Walmart, My Family Mobile 

  • Low cost cellphone provider 
  • Unlimited prepaid, no contract, monthly plans starting at $24.88 
  • New phones starting at $29.88
  • To enroll: