Get Free Talk & Text with 4.5GB Data

FREE PHONE SERVICE WITH LIFELINE

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!

 *Promotional offer subject to eligibility for Lifeline; may be changed or withdrawn at any time; see plan page details; subject to our Terms and Conditions of Service and Agreement to Arbitrate Disputes.

$0

Lifeline Only Plan*

300 Talk

300 Text

4.5GBData

See If You Qualify For Lifeline

What Is Lifeline?

Assist Wireless offers a FREE Lifeline service if you qualify for SNAP/Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI, or other government programs.
You May Qualify For 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 like you receive discounted landline and cell phone service to keep them connected for work, school, and other personal matters.

Whether you need to qualify for free government phone service in Fort Smith, AR, Little Rock, or any other town throughout the state of Arkansas, rely on Assist Wireless. We provide Lifeline discounts to eligible subscribers who meet specific requirements, including government subsidies or a household income that falls within 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

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

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Am I Eligible for Lifeline?

Want to see if you are eligible for a free government call 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 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. Stop waiting and sign up for 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 $20,331
2 Members $27,594
3 Members $34,857
4 Members $42,120
5 Members $49,383
For each additional person $7,263

*Based on 135% of the 2024 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

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.

Data

Refills

100MB

$4

500MB

$8

1 GB

$10

Talk

Refills

100 Min

$4

400 Min

$8

1000 Min

$15

Text

Refills

1000 Txt

$5

2000 Txt

$8

4000 Txt

$12

Combo

Refill

$

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for free service in Arkansas?

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, a company that specializes in Lifeline services. 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 free government phone services 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 documents, as nothing will be returned to you.

Please continue to check our website for updates on eligibility and application resources.

Can I appeal if my application is denied?

If your application for free government phone service 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.

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 individuals and families leave the Arkansas free government phone service 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.

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.

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

OR

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

OR

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