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.


Unlimited Talk

Unlimited Text

10GB Data*


Unlimited Talk

Unlimited Text

5.5GB Data


1000 Talk

500 Text

100MB Data

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

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!

Need a free government phone plan? Missouri residents who qualify can gain quick access to the program and its benefits. Get the peace of mind, security, and opportunity that comes with staying connected to friends, family, and others you need to reach.

Since 1985, the federal Lifeline program has provided access to discounted cell phone services for low-income consumers.

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Assist Wireless is one of the leading Missouri Lifeline providers, offering unlimited talk and text plus free data to the Americans who need it most. Take advantage of the Missouri Lifeline program with Assist Wireless and we’ll give you a free smartphone with your discounted service!

Want to check your eligibility for government phones? Missouri residents can see if they qualify with Assist Wireless today!

*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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Qualifying for Lifeline may also make you eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Avoid missing out on discounted cell phone service by enrolling in ACP with Assist Wireless.

Cover all your mobile needs for work, school, health care, and more with this government assistance program that allows you to get 10GB of FREE data every month. If you live on tribal land, you could receive unlimited monthly talk, text, and data 

Benefit from combining Lifeline and ACP benefits to enjoy a FREE phone and FREE service in Missouri, so you can connect to healthcare, call and text loved ones, and access the internet.

See If You Qualify For ACP

Am I Eligible for Lifeline?

If you want to see if you qualify for free government phone service, Missouri residents can determine their eligibility by filling out a short online application form through Assist Wireless. We guide you every step of the way in saving money and taking advantage of this powerful government assistance program.

Your household could be eligible for these public benefits through various qualifying factors. Qualify one of two ways to meet the threshold of the Lifeline program in Missouri.

Qualify by Government Assistance Program

Are you receiving government assistance? If you are receiving payments through a government assistance program, this could make you eligible for government phones in Missouri.

Missourians can still receive a free smartphone and free data from Assist Wireless even if they do not meet the federal low-income household requirement. Some of the authorized assistance programs for Lifeline include:

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

Americans residing on designated tribal lands can qualify for additional discounts on their mobile connectivity. Additionally, if you qualify for tribal land-specific assistance programs, you can receive Lifeline benefits.

These assistance programs include:

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

Choose the leading provider of free government phone service in Missouri and find out what you need to do to prove your eligibility today through our online enrollment platform.

Qualifying by Income

You may qualify for Lifeline benefits if your total household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Federal poverty guidelines provide precise dollar amounts for the year based on your household size.

Qualify by Income in Missouri

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?

Assist Wireless makes applying for free government phone plans in Missouri easy. Select the Assist Wireless online enrollment platform and complete the step-by-step application form at your convenience.

Ensure you complete every section relevant to you. The most common reason why Lifeline applications are denied is providing incomplete information.

If you need additional help obtaining a free phone, Missouri residents can browse additional FAQs or call our main number ​​(855) 392-7747. A member of our team can file your application on your behalf and provide further guidance on the supporting documentation needed for your application.

How do I check my application status?

Assist Wireless will provide instant updates whenever your application is approved/denied. Processing times vary based on demand, but most applicants will see their applications approved in five business days.

The Assist Wireless customer support team is always available to answer any questions relating to the current status of your application.

How do I prove my eligibility for Missouri free government phone service?

If you’re submitting a new application, expect to provide proof of your eligibility. If you are applying with proof that you are a member of a government assistance program, ensure you send a copy of a statement of benefits.

For example, you can submit  a Social Security benefits statement or a Veterans Administration benefits statement. Assist Wireless can provide further support in determining acceptable types of documentation. 

If you choose to apply based on your household income, include a copy of your previous state or federal tax return. You can also submit pay stubs from three consecutive months, as long as these pay stubs are all from the previous 12 months.

If submitting physical documentation, always submit copies of any documents, as these will not be returned to you.

Can I appeal if my application is denied?

Sometimes, when submitting an application for a free government phone plan, Missouri residents are denied. The most common reasons include incomplete applications and unclear photographs. The Assist Wireless online enrollment system is designed to streamline the process of applying for your Lifeline benefits.

We also provide several retail locations to support you in completing your application and maximizing your chances of success. Note that if you fail to meet the basic requirements of either qualifying pathway, you cannot be approved free service or for a free phone in Missouri.

If your application is denied, you may submit another application at a later date.

Is Missouri Lifeline and ACP the same thing?

Lifeline and ACP are two distinct types of benefits. If you currently receive Lifeline benefits, you may also qualify for ACP benefits.

You will not automatically receive ACP benefits once accepted into the Lifeline program. However, Assist Wireless enables you to submit your application to both programs simultaneously.

Your ACP benefits may only be used when paired with a participating provider. Only some internet service providers actively participate in the ACP program, and the list of participants can vary by state.

How often do I need to recertify for a government phone in Missouri?

Lifeline benefits are not guaranteed benefits. Households often fall out of the program because their income grows or they no longer qualify for government assistance. In either of these scenarios, your Lifeline service will be disconnected 60 days after your recertification date. 

Your recertification date is exactly one year following your activation date. You may also be disconnected from the service if you fail to use your Lifeline device at least once per month. In this situation, you will receive a 15-day notice before you are disconnected.

Recertification is relatively simple. Assist Wireless will contact you about the need to recertify with detailed instructions on what you need to do to avoid seeing your service disconnected.

You have 60 days following recertification to complete all the necessary steps to maintain your Lifeline benefits.

Can I reapply if I lose my Lifeline benefits?

Yes! Many families enter and leave the program more than once. Your previous history with Lifeline has no bearing on any future applications. You simply need to reapply to determine if you’re eligible for benefits again.

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.