Lifeline program for mobile phones

A smartphone with a data plan are required for participation in Our Mobility studies. Since 2016, the Federal Lifeline program has offered low-income households access to a phone plan with mobile data OR broadband internet at home.

If you are enrolled in any of the following programs, you are eligible to receive free phone service with a mobile data plan:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Tribal-specific programs: Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance,
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF),
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Head Start
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs

If you are not enrolled in any of the above programs, you may qualify based on your income. If you qualify, your household can get Lifeline for a phone and data plan or internet service, but not both. Households are limited to one Lifeline account. Depending on your enrollment status, you may also be eligible for a free smart phone through one of these providers:

SafeLink Wireless

Assurance Wireless

Access Wireless