Illinois 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 Illinois 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.

Illinois Lifeline Service Providers


Safelink


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

Eligibility by Program

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

Eligibility by Income

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
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Programís Free Lunch Program (NSL)

Eligibility by Income

Total 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

Angles Communication Solutions


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 877-264-5375
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)
  • 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 Angles Communication Solutions Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call 877-264-5375 directly at Angles Communication Solutions. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Angles Communication Solutions at http://www.anglescom.com . An application can be obtained via phone, or from moneygram locations.

AT&T


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-288-2020
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)
  • 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 AT&T Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call AT&T directly at 800-288-2020. 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, or online.

Cass Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-508-5405
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)
  • 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 Cass Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Cass Telephone Company directly at 800-508-5405. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Cass Telephone Company at http://www.casscomm.com/new/telephone/index.html . An application can be obtained via phone.

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)
  • 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 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.

Citizens Telecommunications Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-921-8101
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)
  • 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 Citizens Telecommunications Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Citizens Telecommunications Company directly at 800-921-8101. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Citizens Telecommunications Company at http://www.frontieronline.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Consolidated Communications


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-553-9981
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)
  • 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 Consolidated Communications Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Consolidated Communications directly at 800-553-9981. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Consolidated Communications at http://www.consolidated.com/ . An application can be obtained via phone.

Freedom Communications USA


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 877-739-9900
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)
  • 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 Freedom Communications USA Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Freedom Communications USA directly at 877-739-9900. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Freedom Communications USA at http://www.freecomusa.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Frontier


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 877-462-8188
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)
  • 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 Frontier Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Frontier directly at 877-462-8188. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Frontier at http://new.frontier.com/ . An application can be obtained via phone.

Frontier Communications


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-683-9793
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)
  • 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 Frontier Communications Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Frontier Communications directly at 800-683-9793. 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.

Grafton Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 618-786-3311
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)
  • 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 Grafton Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Grafton Telephone Company directly at 618-786-3311. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Grafton Telephone Company at http://www.gtec.com . An application can be obtained from Grafton Telephone Company.

Hamilton County Telephone Co-op


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 618-736-2211
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)
  • 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 Hamilton County Telephone Co-op Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline stop by your nearest certified Hamilton County Telephone Co-op retail store. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Hamilton County Telephone Co-op at http://www.hamiltoncom.net . An application can be obtained via phone, or at a certified Hamilton County Telephone Co-op retail store.

Illinois Telephone Corporation


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-480-4198
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)
  • 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 Illinois Telephone Corporation Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Illinois Telephone directly at 1-800-480-4198. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Illinois Telephone Corporation at http://www.illinoistelephone.com . An application can be obtained via phone, or from 2021 N. Mannheim Rd., Melrose Park, IL.

Illinois Valley Cellular


Services Available: Wireless
Phone Number: 800-438-4824
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)
  • 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 Illinois Valley Cellular Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call 800-438-4824 directly at Customer Service or stop by your nearest certified Illinois Valley Cellular retail store. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Illinois Valley Cellular at http://www.ivcel.com . An application can be obtained online, or from any Illinois Valley Cellular Agent, or at a certified Illinois Valley Cellular retail store.

Leaf River Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 815-738-2211
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)
  • 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 Leaf River Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Leaf River Telephone Company directly at 815-738-2211. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Leaf River Telephone Company at http://www.lrtelco.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Leonore Mutual Telephone Co., Inc.


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 815-856-3164
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)
  • 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 Leonore Mutual Telephone Co., Inc. Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Leonore Mutual Telephone Co. directly at 815-856-3164. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Leonore Mutual Telephone Co., Inc. at http://www.lmtc.net . An application can be obtained at a certified Leonore Mutual Telephone Co., Inc. retail store.

McNabb Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 815-882-2201
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Food Stamps
  • 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 McNabb Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline stop by your nearest certified McNabb Telephone Company retail store. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from McNabb Telephone Company at http://nabbnet.com . An application can be obtained at a certified McNabb Telephone Company retail store.

Mid Century Telephone Cooperative, Inc.


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 877-643-2368
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)
  • 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 Mid Century Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call Mid Century Telephone Cooperative directly at 309-778-8611 or 877-643-2368. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Mid Century Telephone Cooperative, Inc. at http://www.midcentury.com . An application can be obtained via phone, or from a Mid Century Telephone business office.

MTI


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 877-567-3722
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)
  • 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 MTI Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call MTI directly at 877-567-3722. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from MTI at http://www.mymti.com . An application can be obtained via phone, or at a certified MTI retail store.

TSI Telephone Company


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 888-300-3954
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)
  • 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 TSI Telephone Company Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call TSI Telephone Company directly at 877-870-9111. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from TSI Telephone Company at http://tsihomephone.com . An application can be obtained via phone, or at a certified TSI Telephone Company retail store.
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