The first option for obtaining free phones is through programs for qualifying low-income households.
The Lifeline Program offers discounts on phones and phone service to qualifying households. Lifeline is available in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on all Tribal lands.
Assurance provides a free smartphone, free unlimited data, unlimited text and minutes, and 10GB worth of hotspot data.
Safelink offers qualifying customers a Lifeline plan with a free smartphone or SIM card as well as free minutes, text messages, data, and 10GB hotspot data.
Most wireless carriers, including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T, offer cell phone plans that will give you a free phone in exchange for signing up for a qualifying service plan.