New Jersey Lifeline Information

Lifeline Phone Service Quick Start Guide

#1 Do you want a cell phone or landline?

Search for providers that offer the type of service you want by filtering by that service type or by looking at the "services available" for a provider. The available services are wireless (cell phone), landline or both.

#2 Select a provider

Browse thru the list of New Jersey Lifeline Phone Service Providers and locate ones that offer service in your area. If you are not sure which ones provide services in your area you may want to check your city or county website, visit the providers website or call the provider for more information.

#3 Check eligibility

You can be eligible for Lifeline service by being enrolled in another government program such as SNAP (food stamps), Housing Assistance (section 8) and many others. Check the "Eligibility By Program" list for the provider you have selected, if you are enrolled in any of the programs listed then you are eligible.

You may also be eligible for service based on your income if you are not enrolled in any of the programs listed. This option is not always available, review the "Eligibility by Income" for your selected provider for further details.

#4 Apply

The "How to Apply" section will provide directions on how to apply for service with your selected provider.

New Jersey Lifeline Service Providers


Assurance Wireless


Services Available: Wireless
Phone Number: 877-378-1761
Website: Click to visit site
Online Application: Click to visit Online Application

Eligibility by Program

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • General Assistance (GA)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Assistance to Needy Families/Work First NJ (TANF/WFNJ)
  • Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD)

Eligibility by Income

Those that are 65 and older may qualify based on household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How to Apply for Assurance Wireless Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call 1-877-378-1761 directly at www.assurancewireless.com. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Assurance Wireless at http://www.assurancewireless.com .

Safelink


Services Available: Wireless
Website: Click to visit site
Online Application: Click to visit Online Application

Eligibility by Program

  • Food Stamps
  • General Assistance
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • "Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disable (""PMD"")"
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • "Work First New Jersey(""TANF/WFNJ"")"

Eligibility by Income

Total household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

How to Apply for Safelink Lifeline Service

Apply online for a free cell phone with 250 free minutes per month by clicking here.

ReachOut Wireless


Services Available: Wireless
Phone Number: 877-870-9444
Website: Click to visit site
Online Application: Click to visit Online Application

Eligibility by Program

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • General Assistance (GA)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Assistance to Needy Families/Work First NJ (TANF/WFNJ)
  • Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD)

Eligibility by Income

Those that are 65 and older may qualify based on household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How to Apply for ReachOut Wireless Lifeline Service

To apply for ReachOut Lifeline Phone Service call 1-877-870-9444 or click here to apply on the ReachOut Website

CenturyLink


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-201-4099
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline
  • Pharmaceutical Assist to Aged & Disabled
  • General Assistance
  • Work First New Jersey
  • Household Income at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (Seniors 65 and older)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How to Apply for CenturyLink Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call CenturyLink directly at 800-201-4099. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Verizon


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-837-4966
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline
  • Pharmaceutical Assist to Aged & Disabled
  • General Assistance
  • Household income at or below 150% of FPG for seniors ONLY.
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Eligibility based on Program Participation only.

How to Apply for Verizon Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call NJ Shares directly at 888 337-3339 . You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Verizon at http://www22.verizon.com/ . An application can be obtained via phone, or from NJ Shares.

WVT Communications


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 973-764-8080
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline
  • Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled
  • General Assistance
  • Household income at or below 150% of FPG for Seniors ONLY.
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Eligibility based on Program Participation only.

How to Apply for WVT Communications Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call WVT Communications directly at 973-764-8080. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from WVT Communications at http://www.wvtc.com . An application can be obtained from WVT Communications.
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