For older people or children of the 55+ community, looking for information on free cell phones for seniors in Illinois can be important information.

And with many now using their mobile phone as their primary phone and doing away with their landline, most older people want to know about this government mobile phone program that everyone keeps talking about.

And luckily, in Illinois seniors and the elderly alike have more of a choice when it comes to free phones. There is actually a mobile company that is committed to ONLY providing service in IL for seniors, the elderly, the unemployed and anyone on government assistance.

So, Let’s face it; mobile phones can get really expensive. And cut terribly into a budget, especially for those already on a fixed income. The average person pays nearly $50 dollars every month for cellular service. This doesn’t even include other add on and fees including taxes, insurance and the wireless device itself.

Well today there are programs for seniors under the Life Line program that allow them to get a free phone and free minutes every month. In the past these have been call the Obama mobile phones, but you should know that the Life Line/Link Up program has nothing to do with President Obama and was actually started in 1985 by President Reagan.

How Does A Senior or Elderly Person Qualify in Illinois?

It’s actually very easy. A senior should be on ONE of the following generally to receive a free phone. These requirements were set up by the state and vary from state to state. But the below are the requirements that a senior must meet in IL.

The general requirements are as follows you must be on ONE of the government assistance programs:

  • Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Social Security
  • Food Stamps
  • Income between 135% to 150% of the poverty level

How to Apply for a Senior Wireless Phone

  • Go over to
  • Enter in your IL Zipcode to start the application
  • You will prompted to enter in all of your information including address, social security number, etc.
  • You will be given an application ID and you will need to submit the proof that you are on the above assistance.
  • Wait for your approval and enjoy your free phone and minutes.

Also rest assured that these Life Line programs like the ones with Yourtel Wireless will not perform credit checks nor make you sign a contract to participate.

What is Included in the Illinois Free Phone for Seniors

  • You will receive a free phone (typically these mobile phones are new or slightly used)
  • 250 Free Monthly Minutes
  • Free 611
  • Free 3 Way
  • Voice Mail
  • Call Waiting

You can also add minutes to the Yourtel senior phone plan when you like. But also keep in mind that this mobile phone is not yours for life. You must reapply every year in order to keep your senior mobile phone on and in working order. Also, internet data is not available through these phones.

There you have it, give Yourtel a call or visit their website if you are interested in cell phones for seniors in Illinois. Yourtel Customer Service: 1-855-299-9990.