Access Wireless Lifeline Free Government Smartphones, Cell Phones Program

Access Wireless is a free government smartphone and cell phone program created and managed by i-Wireless LLC. Like many other similar companies, it provides a free gadget and a monthly set of minutes and texts at no charge to qualified low-income citizens of several U.S. states. In its turn it is a part of the government funded Lifeline Assistance (also called Universal Service Fund) program. The general idea of the program is to provide free no wire communication services in the area where i-wireless provider serves.

Access Wireless Plans

The basic plan from Access Wireless includes one of free government smartphones or cell phones, 250 minutes and text messages channeled into subscriber account every month; plus features such as voicemail, call ID and call waiting at no additional charge, toll-free domestic long distance calls (within the monthly minutes limit), super extensive network coverage (through Sprint), and an ability to participate in Exclusive Wireless rewards program.

Access Wireless California plan is much better than those of other states. Like in other regions of service, the customers get a free gadget, no monthly bills or any long-term contracts, no any additional or hidden costs or fees. The greatest difference is the number of free talk minutes and text messages, which if 1,000 a month (4x the regular plan) for Access Wireless California subscribers. On the top of that, customers from this state get 200 Mb of free data to use. Moreover, there is a paid unlimited plan provided. Anyone wishing to get unlimited minutes and texts can upgrade the free plan by paying just $10 a month. 500 MB bonus data package is included in this deal, too.

Who Can Qualify for Access Wireless Free Cell Phone Program

As in many other similar programs, the residents of the qualifying states (see the list below) are welcomed to apply based on two criteria: either they have to be the recipients of some government-funded assistance (i.e. Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food stamps, Section 8 of Federal Public housing assistance, Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance program, Supplemental Security Income SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TANF, etc.) or they can qualify based on their annual income amount. The second option considers your total household gross income and differs by state.

Access Wireless Service Area state list includes:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

How to Start Access Wireless Application Process

There are several steps a person meeting qualification guidelines for Access Wireless program participation can take to get subscribed.

  1. Use the website. At, it is possible not only to read everything about the program including terms and conditions but also to initiate an application process. Just click “Enroll” button in the main menu and then choose “Click here to apply online”. You will be taken to the secured part of the website and asked to provide all the data for becoming a customer.
  2. The second option for subscription is downloading an Access Wireless application to your computer. You can then print it out, fill in the necessary data, and send it via post or fax to the company at any time convenient to you. This option takes longer time but gets you the same result as the first one.

For additional instructions, please, see the website or contact Access Wireless customer service.

Access Wireless Free Government Smartphones and Cell Phones

The company does not give an option for choosing a wireless device at the stage of application. Every approved subscriber is sent a free phone with the instructions. The company sends the phones at its discretion. If you are not satisfied with the device you get, there is an option for upgrade. For an additional charge, you can switch to a better phone. For example, Motorola Photon Q smartphone will cost you $59. Other Access Wireless smartphones available include ZTE Flash, ZTE Force, Samsung Transform (Ultra), Coolpad Quatro II, and Alcatel Revolve.