Ask This When Signing Up for a Government Cell Phone

Cell phones issued by the government may be used by citizens who do not have access to mobile service through traditional channels. Learning about government cell phones will help you sign up with the correct source, and you will have a mobile phone that will help you stay connected.


  1. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Is there one government cell phone program?

    There are many government cell phone programs offered by different vendors. Medicaid, Medicare and food stamp programs offer cell phones to their constituents at little or no cost. Government cell phones are offered through government employers, and there are government discounts for employees of certain branches of the government.

  2. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Are government cell phones free?

    Government cell phones are free in certain cases. Medicare and Medicaid programs offer free cell phones to their customers, but the cell phones are provided by the insurance provider who handles the policy. You will receive information from the insurance about the extra services they provide, and cell phones are included in their literature. You may sign up for free cell phones at any time while you are covered by these government programs.

  3. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Are government cell phones free for employees?

    Employees of certain government agencies are issued phones that are free to the employee. The government handles the account, the number and the billing for each phone. The employee is expected to carry the cell phone at all times, but the employee does not pay a fee to use the phone. Government branches that must call in their employees at a moment’s notice issues free cell phones to everyone upon hiring.

  4. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Can employees get discounted cell phones?

    Government employees are eligible for discounted cell phone plans offered by carriers. Carriers offer special incentives to government employees for their phone plans, and a government employee may get a second cell phone for a low price. Discounted phone plans are offered by carriers to families of government employees to help save money, and these same plans are available to those receiving government services. The children and family members of the head of household may receive government cell phones under a special package provided in your area.

  5. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Who manages government cell phones?

    Most government cell phones exist on the Sprint/Nextel network. This network is the military band that offers the most comprehensive coverage throughout the country. Someone who receives a free cell phone from their Medicaid provider will have excellent coverage. Citizens who live in remote areas are more likely to have good coverage with a free government phone, and people who live in remote areas are made safer when they have a working cell phone. Call logs are kept by the cell phone providers for their records, and you will receive a statement every month detailing your calls or texts. The government may choose to cap the number of minutes or texts can may use in a month, but the phone is still much less expensive than a traditional plan.