This is the Snapfon EZ, my choice for best senior cell phone. It's available at Amazon right now (search for it in the box to the right), but you can qualify for a free cell phone and plan if you also qualify for food stamps, medicaid, or federal housing help.

Free Cell Phones for Seniors or Other Low Income Families

After researching what the best cell phone for seniors was, I did a little research on how to qualify for a free government cell phone plan.   Did you know that the government provides free cell phones for low income individuals?  In 1984 the Reagan administration established the Lifeline program which gives discounted plans to all low income individuals.  Safelink is a government supported program that has taken this step further by offering cell phones and cell phone plans completely free.

How you can qualify:

If you already participate in a low income federal government plan like food stamps, medicaid, or federal housing, then you are already eligible.  If you haven’t applied for these programs, then you would qualify if your income is below the poverty line.

Is it Available in my state?

Service is not available for free government cell phones in all states but is available in the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin .

As legislation passes that supports support for this program in other states they will become available.

From Safelink Wireless:

“SafeLink Wireless is proud to offer Lifeline Service, which is a program that enables qualifying customers to receive discounts on monthly telephone service. In our version of the program, you will receive free cellular service, a free SafeLink Wireless cell phone and the assurance that you will get no bills and no contracts EVER!”

Where can I find out more information?

Go to Safelink Wireless