Free cell phone service in California

If you are low income and live in California, you are eligible for a free cell phone and service.

Totally FREE! (Paid for by the federal government)
Talk, text, and data.

If you are not low income, try freedompop.

By network (in order of best coverage to worst in Nevada County):

Verizon 

Blue Jay Wireless: You will get a cell phone plus unlimited voice and unlimited texts. (Click for info)

Budget Mobile: You will get a smartphone, unlimited minutes and texts, plus 500 MB data. (Click for info)

Safelink Wireless: Safelink Wireless will give you a free Android phone, unlimited voice calls and unlimited texting, and you also get 500 MB of data per month (California deal only). (Click for info)

Tag Mobile: This provider gives you a cell phone, unlimited voice minutes, unlimited global texting, plus plus unlimited 2G/3G data data. (Click for info)

 

AT&T

Feel Safe Wireless: You’ll get a free phone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, 100 MB data and 100 free international texts. (Click for info)

Life Wireless: You will get a cell phone plus unlimited voice and text, plus 500 MB of data. (Click for info)

Safelink Wireless: Safelink Wireless will give you a free Android phone, unlimited voice calls and unlimited texting, and you also get 500 MB of data per month (California deal only). (Click for info)

freedompop.com Global SIM program (Data only) 200MB-700MB/month (Be sure to cancel all paid subscriptions)

 

Sprint

Access Wireless: Get a free cell phone, 1,000 minutes or texts, plus 200 MB data. (Click for info)

Assurance Wireless: Under their California FREEdom Plan, you will receive a cell phone, unlimited talk and text, plus 500 MB data. (Click for info)

Blue Jay Wireless: You will get a cell phone plus unlimited voice and unlimited texts. (Click for info)

Budget Mobile: You will get a smartphone, unlimited minutes and texts, plus 500 MB data. (Click for info)

Entouch Wireless: Get a phone, unlimited minutes and texts, plus 500 MB data. (Click for info)

Safelink Wireless: Safelink Wireless will give you a free Android phone, unlimited voice calls and unlimited texting, and you also get 500 MB of data per month (California deal only). (Click for info)

Tag Mobile: This provider gives you a cell phone, unlimited voice minutes, unlimited global texting, plus plus unlimited 2G/3G data data. (Click for info)

TruConnect (formerly Telscape): TruConnect gives you a free smartphone plus unlimited talk and texting. (Click for info)

freedompop.com BYOD (Data only) 500MB-1GB/month

 

T-mobile
Safelink Wireless: Safelink Wireless will give you a free Android phone, unlimited voice calls and unlimited texting, and you also get 500 MB of data per month (California deal only). (Click for info)
Tag Mobile: This provider gives you a cell phone, unlimited voice minutes, unlimited global texting, plus plus unlimited 2G/3G data data. (Click for info)

freedompop.com Global SIM program (Data only) 200MB-700MB/month (Be sure to cancel all paid subscriptions)

 

Complete list here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_virtual_network_operators#Lifeline_Assistance_free_government_operators_.28California.29

I beautiful guide on which services use which networks: http://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/cdma-gsm-lte-phone-compatible-with-my-free-phone-network
http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/lifeline-providers.html

Complete list of cell service service providers in California here: http://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/states/california-government-cell-phone-providers

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