100% FREE Unlimited Talk, Text, and 10GB Data!*


Our Lifeline plan is a great option for cell phone service. Assist is flexible and works with you to get you the best services, phones, and features to fit your needs!

Enroll with FREE Unlimited Talk, Text, and 10GB Data* online or by visiting your nearest Assist Wireless store.


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500 Text

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*Offer subject to eligibility for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and Lifeline. Offer may vary by location and ACP Terms & Conditions apply.

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What Is Lifeline?

Assist Wireless offers a FREE Phone* and FREE Lifeline service if you qualify for SNAP/Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI, or other government programs.
You May Qualify For A FREE PHONE* and FREE SERVICE!

Lifeline is a government benefit that lowers the cost of cell phone service for consumers – most customers stay connected at NO COST!

Lifeline is a government assistance program offering security and peace of mind for low-income consumers concerned about paying for cell phone service. With this federal program, you can receive a free phone and free service with Assist Wireless.

Since 1985, the Lifeline program has helped tens of thousands of Arkansans receive discounted landline and cell phone service to keep them connected for work, school, and other personal matters.

Today, you can receive a Arkansas free government phone service with monthly talk, text, and data. Your household could qualify if your income meets the requirements or you are registered for a government assistance program.

Check your eligibility for government phone service in Arkansas today with Assist Wireless, a trusted Lifeline provider.

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*Offer subject to eligibility for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and Lifeline. Offer may vary by location and ACP Terms & Conditions apply.

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

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Lifeline is just one way to stay connected. If you already qualify for Lifeline, avoid missing out on discounted data with your phone service through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

These benefits work hand-in-hand, but you must apply for ACP benefits. You can easily apply for both Lifeline and ACP at one time using our online process. Under ACP, low-income families can receive free monthly data to access the internet.

At Assist Wireless, we help your household stay connected by helping you enroll in this government assistance program online or with a local agent in your area.

See If You Qualify For Lifeline

Am I Eligible for Lifeline and ACP?

Want to see if you are eligible for a free government phone plan in Arkansas with Assist Wireless? Your application takes only 15-20 minutes to complete. Our customer service team can answer any questions about eligibility and the types of proof you need to satisfy the requirements. 

The Lifeline program offers two ways to qualify for Arkansas free government cell phone service. You may qualify to receive your free phone, unlimited talk and text with free monthly data if you meet the low-income standards or if you participate in a government aid program.

Qualify by Government Assistance Program

Access your Lifeline and ACP benefits through an approved government assistance you already receive. Authorized government assistance programs may automatically qualify you for free government service and a free smartphone in Arkansas.

Some of the common government programs that allow you to participate in the Lifeline initiative include:

  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans Benefits

Applying for Lifeline if you reside on designated tribal lands entitles you to even more benefits, especially if you qualify for Lifeline via a government-approved program. 

Some of the tribal-specific benefits programs that qualify you for Lifeline include:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Tribal-Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
  • Tribal Head Start

Assist Wireless is the leading provider of free cell phone service in Arkansas. Sign up for ACP and Lifeline by filling out your application online now.

Qualifying by Income

Qualifying by income is another way to receive free government smartphones in Arkansas. The Lifeline program is designed to support low-income families below the poverty line.

If your income for the previous year is 135% below the poverty line or lower, as set by the current federal guidelines, you qualify for the program regardless of whether you receive government assistance.

Your household size determines the maximum income threshold for Lifeline qualification by income.

Qualify by Income in Arkansas

Persons in Household Income
1 Member $19,683
2 Members $26,622
3 Members $33,561
4 Members $40,500
5 Members $47,439
For each additional person $6,939

*Based on 135% of the 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

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Lowest Refill Prices

Our refill options are available on an as-needed basis for whenever you may need additional data. You can add minutes, text, and data to your account by logging in or registering for the online customer portal.







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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

If you’re applying for free government phone service, Arkansas residents don’t need to stress. The application process takes no more than 20 minutes with Assist Wireless. Sign up for Lifeline through the Assist Wireless online enrollment platform and complete each step.

Ensure you fill out every section to reduce the risk of your application being rejected for not providing sufficient information.

How do I check my application status?

Most applicants receive a decision within five business days. Note that your application may take longer to process during periods of high demand or if you are required to produce additional documentation to support your claim for Lifeline benefits. 

We will automatically update you on your application whenever its status changes. Contact our customer support team for any urgent updates on your application.

How do I prove my eligibility for a free phone in Arkansas?

New applicants should expect to provide proof of eligibility to qualify for the program. Submitting a statement of benefits, such as a Social Security or a Veterans Administration benefits statement, is usually sufficient to qualify.

If you are ready to determine eligibility for a free government phone plan, Arkansas residents can send their previous federal or state tax return if applying based on income. You can also supply three consecutive months of pay stubs. However, all paystubs must fall within the previous 12-month window.

Ensure you submit only copies of your supporting documentation, as nothing will be returned to you.

Can I appeal if my application is denied?

If your application for free phones in Arkansas is denied, you can always submit a new application.

Most applications are denied due to not providing enough information, unclear documentation, or failing to complete the application form correctly. With Assist Wireless, we do our best to help prevent these situations, so the application process is as simple as possible.

If you fail to meet the eligibility requirements, you can send another application if your circumstances change or you believe you were wrongly denied.

Is Arkansas Lifeline and ACP the same thing?

Lifeline and ACP are two terms often used interchangeably. Many people are confused about their differences because if you qualify for one, you automatically qualify for the other.

However, these are two distinct types of government-sponsored programs, with Lifeline providing free talk, text, and some data. While ACP aims to improve  Internet acess through additional data.

Technically, you must submit two separate applications, but most providers like Assist Wireless submit your application to both programs simultaneously.

How often do I need to recertify for a free phone service in Arkansas?

If you’re already receiving free government service, Arkansas residents are entitled to receive these benefits for one year through the Lifeline program. After one year of service, you must recertify to ensure you continue meeting the program’s thresholds.

If you fail to recertify, your service will be disconnected after 60 days. You can also be disconnected if you fail to use your government-subsidized phone service once monthly.

Assist Wireless will send you detailed instructions on what you must do when it’s time to recertify.

Can I reapply if I lose my Lifeline benefits?

Yes! If you’re looking to regain access to free government phone service, Arkansas residents can always reapply for benefits

You are entitled to reapply to the Lifeline program if you have previously lost access to your benefits. Your previous history with the program has no impact on future applications.

Many people leave the program and become eligible again later in life. You must submit a new application to reactivate your benefits.

No limits exist on how often you can qualify or reapply if you become ineligible for Lifeline.

Medicaid / Medi-Cal

Program Approval Letter, Benefit Statement, or Verification of Coverage Letter, should contain the following basic information:

  • Name of the program or state equivalent,
  • Name of the beneficiary,
  • Address of the beneficiary, and
  • Date of the award


Eligibility Screenshot or printout from an online portal or website tool, should contain the following basic information:

  • Name of the program or state equivalent,
  • Name of the beneficiary
  • Medical Identification number, OR
  • Case number,
  • Eligibility dates, OR
  • Current participation status

Federal Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans & Survivors Pension Benefit

Pension Grant Letter, should contain the following basic information:

  • Participant’s name
  • Address
  • A decision about the participant’s monthly entitlement amount
  • Payment start date

Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)

FPHA award letter, should contain the following basic information:

  • Name of the program,
  • Date of the award,
  • Name of the beneficiary, and
  • Award amount.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Approval Letter or Benefit Statement issued by the SSA, or on SSA letterhead.

  • Consumer’s name
  • Date
  • Eligibility Date
  • Claim number OR Other consumer identification number
  • Payment amount

SNAP / Food Stamps / CalFresh

Program Approval Letter, Benefit Statement, or Verification of Coverage Letter, should contain the following basic information:

  • Name of the program,
  • Name of the beneficiary,
  • Eligibility dates, OR
  • Current participation status


Eligibility Screenshot or printout from an online portal or website tool, should contain the following basic information:

  • Name of the program or state equivalent,
  • Name of the beneficiary,
  • Case number,
  • Eligibility dates, OR
  • Current participation status

Lifeline Program

Due to sharing many of the same eligibility requirements those currently enrolled in the lifeline program may qualify for The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) also.