California 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 California 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.

California Lifeline Service Providers


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/Medi-Cal
  • SSI
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
  • Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
  • Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
  • Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
  • Tribal TANF
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)

Eligibility by Income

Household size: 1-2 ($24,000), 3 ($28,200), 4 ($34,000), each additional beyond 4 add $5,800.

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

AT&T


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-310-2355
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by CA Public UtilitiesCommission.

How to Apply for AT&T Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call AT&T directly at 800-310-2355. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from AT&T at http://att.com/lifeline . An application can be obtained via phone.

Cal-Ore Telephone


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-858-2399
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by the California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for Cal-Ore Telephone Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Cal-Ore Telephone directly at 530-397-2211. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Cal-Ore Telephone at http://www.cot.net . An application can be obtained .

Calaveras Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-253-2511
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • WIC
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Lifeline Program.

How to Apply for Calaveras Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Calaveras Telephone Company directly at 800-253-2511. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Calaveras Telephone Company at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/telco/public+programs/ults.htm . An application can be obtained via phone, or from Calaveras Telephone Company.

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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Medi-Cal
  • State TANF Programs (CalWORKS, StanWORKS, WTW and GAIN)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Public Utilities Commission.

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.

Cricket Communications


Services Available: Wireless
Phone Number: 800-274-2538
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Public Utilites Commission.

How to Apply for Cricket Communications Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline stop by your nearest certified Cricket Communications retail store. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Cricket Communications at http://www.mycricket.com/community/cell-phone-news/federal-cricket-lifeline-credit-california-residents . An application can be obtained online, or at a certified Cricket Communications retail store.

Ducor Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 888-539-5234
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • WIC
  • CalWorks
  • StanWorks
  • WTW
  • GAIN
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California LifeLine Program.

How to Apply for Ducor Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Ducor Telephone Company directly at 888-539-5234. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Ducor Telephone Company at http://www.ducortelephone.com/ . An application can be obtained via phone.

Frontier Communications


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 866-931-5256
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by the California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for Frontier Communications Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Frontier directly at 866-931-5256. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Frontier Communications at http://www.frontieronline.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Pinnacles Telephone Co.


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 831-389-4500
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • WIC
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • CalWorks
  • StanWorks
  • WTW
  • GAIN
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California LifeLine Program.

How to Apply for Pinnacles Telephone Co. Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Pinnacles directly at 831-389-4500. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Pinnacles Telephone Co. at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/Public+Programs/lifelinedetails.htm . An application can be obtained via phone.

Ponderosa Telephone


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-682-1878
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Medicaid or Medi-Cal
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly called Food Stamps,
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Tribal TANF
  • Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), also known in California as:
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWorks)
  • Stanislaus Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWorks)
  • Welfare to Work (WTW)
  • Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
  • National School Lunch’s FREE Lunch Program (NSL)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by the California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for Ponderosa Telephone Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call 559-868-6000 or toll free 800-682-1878 directly at Ponderosa Customer Care Center. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Ponderosa Telephone at http://www.goponderosa.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Sebastian (formerly Foresthill Telephone Co.


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 530-367-2222
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid/Medical
  • WIC
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Lifeline Program.

How to Apply for Sebastian (formerly Foresthill Telephone Co. Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Sebastian (formerly Foresthill Telephone) directly at 530-367-2222 or stop by your nearest certified Sebastian (formerly Foresthill Telephone Co. retail store. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Sebastian (formerly Foresthill Telephone Co. at http://www.sebastiancorp.com/ . An application can be obtained via phone, or at a certified Sebastian (formerly Foresthill Telephone Co. retail store.

Sebastian (formerly Kerman Telephon Co.)


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 559-846-9311
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid/Medical
  • WIC
  • Healthy Families Catagory A
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Lifeline Program.

How to Apply for Sebastian (formerly Kerman Telephon Co.) Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Sebastian (formerly Kerman Telephone directly at 559-846-9311 or stop by your nearest certified Sebastian (formerly Kerman Telephon Co.) retail store. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Sebastian (formerly Kerman Telephon Co.) at http://www.sebastiancorp.com . An application can be obtained via phone, or from 811 S. Madera Ave, Kerman, CA, or at a certified Sebastian (formerly Kerman Telephon Co.) retail store.

Sierra Telephone Company, Inc.


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 877-658-4611
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for Sierra Telephone Company, Inc. Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Sierra Telephone directly at 1 877-658-4611. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Sierra Telephone Company, Inc. at http://www.sierratelephone.com/ . An application can be obtained via phone.

Siskiyou Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 866-467-6001
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for Siskiyou Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Siskiyou Telephone directly at 866-467-6001. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Siskiyou Telephone Company at http://www.siskiyoutelephone.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

SureWest


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-232-4006
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by the California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for SureWest Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call SureWest directly at 1-800-232-4006. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from SureWest at http://www.surewest.com/ . An application can be obtained via phone.

TC Telephone


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 877-669-8282
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered TANF
  • Head Start (income qualifying / residents of Tribal Lands only)

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Public Utilities Commision.

How to Apply for TC Telephone Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call TC Telephone directly at 877-669-8282. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from TC Telephone at http://www.tctelephone.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

TDS Telecom


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 888-225-5837
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by CA Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for TDS Telecom Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call customer advisor directly at 888-225-5837. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from TDS Telecom at http://www.tdstelecom.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Verizon


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-483-4000
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
  • Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
  • Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
  • Medi-Cal
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for Verizon Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Verizon directly at 800-483-4000. 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.

Volcano Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 888-886-5226
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)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Healthy Families Category A
  • Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered TANF
  • Head Start (income qualifying / residents of Tribal Lands only)

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below an amount determined by California Public Utilities Commission.

How to Apply for Volcano Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Volcano Telephone Company directly at 888-866-5226. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Volcano Telephone Company at http://www.volcanocommunications.com . An application can be obtained via phone.
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