Montana Lifeline Free Government Smartphones and Cell Phones

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There is no doubt, Montana is a very beautiful state blessed with a number of natural wonders and rich in natural resources. Tens of millions of tourists visit its world-famous tourist attractions like Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, helping the economy of the Treasure state. Still, the state is ranked 29th in national overall poverty ratings with 159,000 Montanans living below the poverty line. The small reduction in poverty has been observed lately in Montana. One of the reasons for this positive dynamics was the beneficial influence of aid programs established by national and state authorities. Montana Lifeline program suggests that low-income families can get a free cell phone and monthly minutes.

Lifeline Free Government Cell Phones Program in Montana

Since the population of Montana is considerably small, there are not many free phone companies serving the customers through Montana Lifeline assistance program. The ones that do, generally differ in several features, but the application process for enrollment in a free government phone program is basically the same for all of the following companies:


  • Cellular One
  • Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative
  • Nemont Wireless
  • Triangle Communications

Who is eligible for free government smartphones and free government cell phones in Montana ?

If you participate in any or several of the following government assistance programs, it is very probable that you are eligible for a free phone from the government by Montana Lifeline:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Section 8/ Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • The National School Free Lunch Program (NSLP)

You can also qualify based on the household income rule: your household income has to be lower or at the level of 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines for Montana . For 2016 this number is shown in a table below.

Household size (number of people) Eligible annual income per household
1 $16,038
2 $21,627
3 $27,216
4 $32,805
5 $38,394
6 $43,983
7 $49,586
8 $55,202
For each additional person, add $5,616

Click here to see all steps needed to enroll in Montana Lifeline free government smartphones, free government cell phones program.