The Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers provides a discount to phone services for some low-income individuals in the United States. Another low-cost option is going to a company like AT&T and getting a two-year plan with the phone costs waived.
To qualify for the LifeLine Program, you must be at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. You must contact a cellphone company that provides this service to see if you qualify. If you are not eligible for the LifeLine program, you can also contact a cellphone company, as most allow for a free phone with an extended contract.