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Eligibility Requirements

  • (1.) A resident of California
  • (2.) Limit one California LifeLine free cell phone per household
  • ​(3.) California LifeLine free cell phone benefit is available to consumers who use any of the many government assistance programs (see list below).
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What Exactly is the California LifeLine Program?
The California LifeLine Program provides FREE cell phone services to qualified households. The California LifeLine discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. Only one discount per household is allowed (except for teletypewriter users and for Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program participants).


Method 1

Program-Based Eligibility
California LifeLine free cell phone benefit is available to consumers who use any of the following government assistance programs: 

  • EBT Card; CalFresh or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medi-CAL
  • ​California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
  • ​Welfare-To-Work (WTW)
  • ​Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
  • ​Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • ​Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • ​Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • ​National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • ​Recipient of Social Security
  • ​Disability/ SSI
  • ​Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • ​Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
  • ​Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • ​Tribal TANF
  • ​Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • ​Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)


Method 2

Income-Based Eligibility
You can also qualify for a California LifeLine free cell phone if your household's total annual gross income is at or less than these annual income limits: