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

LIMITED TIME OFFER – ACP & LIFELINE 

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

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

$0

ACP + Lifeline Plan1

Unlimited Talk*

Unlimited Text*

10GB Data*

$0

ACP Only Plan2

Unlimited Talk

Unlimited Text

5.5GB Data

$0

Lifeline Only Plan3

1000 Talk

500 Text

100MB Data

1Promotional offer subject to eligibility for Affordable Connectivity Program and Lifeline; may be changed or withdrawn at any time; see plan page details; subject to our Terms and Conditions of Service and Agreement to Arbitrate Disputes. 2Promotional offer subject to eligibility for Affordable Connectivity Program; may be changed or withdrawn at any time; see plan page details; subject to our Terms and Conditions of Service and Agreement to Arbitrate Disputes. 3Promotional offer subject to eligibility for Lifeline; may be changed or withdrawn at any time; see plan page details; subject to our Terms and Conditions of Service and Agreement to Arbitrate Disputes.

See If You Qualify For Lifeline

What Is Lifeline?

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

The Lifeline program has been providing free government phone service in Maryland since 1985. Enjoy the financial security and peace of mind that continuous phone and data service brings. If you are a qualifying low-income household or receive government assistance, you may be eligible for a free government phone plan.

Authorized providers like Assist Wireless check your eligibility, file your application, and ensure you can navigate the complexities of applying for and receiving your government phone in Maryland.

Stay connected with family and friends and take advantage of the opportunities that connectivity can bring through the Lifeline program today.

You May Qualify For A FREE PHONE* and FREE SERVICE!*

Assist Wireless offers a FREE Phone* and FREE Lifeline service* if you qualify for SNAP/Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI, or other government assistance programs.

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

Do you already qualify for free government phone service in Maryland through the Lifeline Program? Then you already qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Qualifying for the ACP supports you in making sure you can afford the broadband internet your household needs for work, school, and healthcare. It is a recent government assistance program to modernize communication assistance and ensure Americans like you remain connected.

Check your eligibility for a free phone in Maryland with Assist Wireless to access the internet with 10GB of FREE data every month. If you live on tribal land, you could receive unlimited monthly talk, text, and data by combining Lifeline and ACP benefits to take advantage of federal support and benefit from ongoing online accessibility.

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

Are You A Current Customer?

You may be eligible to upgrade to FREE Unlimited Talk, Text, & 10GB Data!*

Am I Eligible for Lifeline?

If you live in Maryland, free phone service could be just a 15–20-minute application away with Assist Wireless. We enable you to apply for your benefits online quickly and easily. 

Check your eligibility to find out whether you qualify via one of two pathways:

Qualifying by Government Assistance Program

Any American household receiving support from an approved federal government assistance program can qualify for free cell phone service via the Lifeline program.

Maryland residents that fulfill the requirements can receive discounted wireless, even if they do not qualify through their household income. Some of the programs that qualify you for a cell phone in MD include:

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

Assistance programs for Maryland residents on tribal lands can qualify you for Lifeline benefits, including Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Tribal-Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and Tribal Head Start. 

Qualifying by Income

Qualifying through government assistance programs is just one way to qualify for Maryland free government cell phone service.

Your household income can also make you eligible for access to free phones. If your reported total household income is 135% or below, according to the current poverty guidelines, you qualify for Lifeline.

PERSONS IN HOUSEHOLD 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES, DC, & TERRITORIES
1 $19,683
2 $26,622
3 $33,561
4 $40,500
5 $47,439
For each additional person $6,939

*The table above reflects 135% of the 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Find out if you qualify for free government phone plans in Maryland with Assist Wireless, the nation’s leading provider of free Lifeline phones. 

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

$12

1 GB

$15

Talk

Refills

100 Min

$4

400 Min

$8

1000 Min

$15

Text

Refills

1000 Txt

$5

2000 Txt

$8

4000 Txt

$12

Combo

Refill

FAQs

How do I apply?

Applying for free state phones in Maryland is simple. File your application with Assist Wireless online. The application process should take no more than 20 minutes to complete from the comfort of your own home. Ensure you upload clear copies proving your eligibility via total household income or through proof of enrollment in an approved government assistance program.

Assist Wireless also welcomes applicants at 30+ retail locations, where you can receive personalized assistance from a member of our team.

How do I check my application status?

After sending your application, Assist Wireless will provide you with any relevant updates regarding your application. Most decisions are made within five business days of filing your application, but it can take longer.

You can always get in touch with Assist Wireless to learn more about the status of your application.

How do I prove my eligibility for free government phones in Maryland?

You may be asked to provide proof of qualification as part of your application. If you are applying based on your enrollment within a government program, provide documentation of your enrollment within the program.

If you are applying based on income, you must provide copies of your previous state or federal income tax return. Alternatively, you can provide three consecutive months of paystubs from the last 12 months.

Other acceptable documents include a Veterans Administration benefits statement, a Social Security benefits statement, a child support document, and more. Contact our team to learn more about some of the types of acceptable proof to support your application.

Can I appeal if my application is denied?

Most denied applications are based on insufficient proof of qualification, unclear photographs, and incomplete applications. Our streamlined application process is designed to ensure that all applications are complete at the time of submission to enable you to get connected as soon as possible.

If you believe you qualify, you can upload further proof of your eligibility following your rejection. Failing to qualify for the program in no way prevents you from submitting future applications. Feel free to apply for free government phones in Maryland again at any time.

Is Maryland Lifeline and ACP the same thing?

No, Lifeline and ACP are two separate programs. However, many people use the terms interchangeably because if you receive Lifeline benefits, you automatically qualify for the ACP. Technically, you need to make two separate applications to receive both benefits, but with providers like Assist Wireless, you can file both applications at the same time.

You can receive both benefits simultaneously without compromising your eligibility for other government assistance programs. However, remember to connect with a participating provider for ACP enrollment. Not all Internet service providers are members of the ACP.

Do I need to recertify my eligibility for the Lifeline program in Maryland?

Lifeline benefits are not guaranteed for life. If your income increases beyond the 135% limit or you are no longer a member of a qualifying assistance program, you will lose your Lifeline benefit.

In these circumstances, your service will be turned off. Your service may also be turned off if you fail to use the service at least once every 30 days. However, you will receive a 15-day notice reminding you to use your Lifeline benefit to avoid being switched off.

Recertification in Maryland is an annual requirement. This process ensures that you remain eligible for Lifeline benefits from year to year. If you fail to recertify on the anniversary of your activation date, you will have 60 days to recertify before your service is disconnected.

Assist Wireless will send you the full details of when you need to recertify and what you must do to fulfill the program’s requirements.

If I no longer qualify, can I reapply for Lifeline in the future?

Some families qualify for Lifeline, and their circumstances change. If you lose access to Lifeline, you can reapply again in the future. Be aware that you will need to submit a new application and meet the eligibility requirements again. Your previous history with Lifeline has no bearing on any future applications.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for Lifeline again, contact Assist Wireless today.

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