Sign up here: /free-service/
Those of you that are curious about the California and Federal lifeline programs for low income. (You get a free cell phone and plan) For most of these all you have to do is fill out an online application, and upload your a photo of your medical or EBT card, etc… More eligibility info here. Below are the different companies (MVNO‘s) and the Networks they use.
I’d probably go with the one that uses Verizon or AT&T. Verizon seems to get the broadest coverage up here. AT&T is nice, because you can just swap your SIM card around.
If Sprint coverage is ok for you I’d go with Assurance Wireless, because it’s very easy to set up.
The Tag mobile plans with send you a free android smartphone with Unlimited talk text and Data. Data is throttled after ?GBs.
|Company||Host network||BYOD||Free Phone||Data||Notes|
|Blue Jay Wireless||Sprint, Verizon||No||Yes||No|
|Budget Mobile||Sprint, Verizon||No||Yes||500MB|
|Feel Safe Wireless||AT&T||Yes||Yes||100MB||Only tents in Southern CA?|
|Life Wireless||AT&T||Yes*2||Yes||500MB||dba Telrite|
|SafeLink Wireless||All 5 (depends on location)*3||Yes||Yes||100MB||Owned by TracFone|
|Tag Mobile||Sprint, Verizon, T-mobile*4||Yes||Yes||Unlimited|
|TruConnect (formerly Telscape)||Sprint||Yes||Yes||No|
*1 Access Wireless does not officially support BYOB, but customers have reported they can.
*2 Life wireless does not support BYOD officially, but you can just pop the SIM card out and put it in any AT&T, or unlocked GSM phone. APN settings are here. You can only sign up at pop up tents. You have to call them and ask where the closest ones are.
*3 Safelink uses the T-mobile network in California.
*4 Tag mobile’s network depends on your geographic location. I think they have two phones. If you get the CDMA one you can use the Sprint and Verizon networks. Pretty sure they send the GSM one to people in California. That one only uses T-mobile.