The Qlink Wireless Free Cell Phone Program
If you reached this page from a search engine, we strongly recommend you read our free government cell phone page for important Lifeline Assistance program information first.
QLink Wireless serves low income individuals by providing a crucial tool in today’s modern society – a cell phone. This form of communication has become an integrated part of the average American’s life. They are essential for job searches, keeping family ties and contacting authorities.
The Lifeline program has partnered with cell phone service providers across the country, just like QLink Wireless, to provide eligible, low income individuals with the tools they need to compete in a grueling job market.
Lifeline began in 1984 under Ronald Reagan’s presidency. At this time, Lifeline only provided government subsidized landlines to low income individuals. These landlines provided a source of communication to people who would otherwise had to have gone without.
In 2005, Lifeline expanded their program to include cell phones, as landlines were becoming less efficient in an ever-advancing technological world.
Qualifying applicants to Qlink Wireless will receive a free basic cell phone and up to 250 free cell phone minutes per month. Users requiring additional minutes can pay for optional top up minutes. All Qlink Wireless plans include caller ID, call waiting, directory assistance, and voicemail.
Qlink Wireless is currently available in Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and has plans to extend service to the remaining states. So, if your state of residence is not listed above, please return in the future. We will be regularly be updating this page with new information.
Qualifying for Qlink Wireless
In order to receive a Lifeline cell phone and service plan from QLink Wireless, interested individuals must already be a member of a government aid program. Depending on your state of residence, accepted eligibility government aid programs can vary. Below, are some of the most commonly accepted government aid programs.
Generally accepted government aid programs include:
- Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
- Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- National School Lunch Program (free program only)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Remember to check a state’s specific accepted government aid programs to justify application to the Lifeline program.
If an individual interested in Lifeline service does not currently receive assistance from a government aid program, their gross income must be below 135 percent of the nation’s poverty line. Proof documents are also necessary, in order to verify the individual’s government aid program from which they are receiving assistance and their gross income.
QLink Wireless accepted government aid proof documents include the following:
- Current or prior year’s statement of benefits from a qualifying state or federal assistance program
- Notice or letter of participation in a qualifying state or federal assistance program
- Program participation documents (e.g., the consumer’s SNAP electronic benefit transfer card or Medicaid participation card (or copy thereof)
- Other official documents evidencing the household’s participation in a qualifying state or federal program.
QLink Wireless accepted income proof documents include:
- Prior year’s state or federal tax return
- Current income statement from an employer or paycheck stub
- Social Security statement of benefits
- Veterans Administration statement of benefits
- Retirement/pension statement of benefits
- Unemployment/Workmen’s Compensation statement of benefits
- Federal notice letter of participation in General Assistance or divorce decree
- Child support award
- Other official document containing income information.
Remember to check a state’s specific accepted government aid programs before applying to the Lifeline program.