The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has ended. We are no longer able to enroll new customers in plans using an ACP benefit. You might be eligible for a free plan using Lifeline. Tell Congress to fund the ACP now.

Free Government Phone Programs from Lifeline and ACP in Colorado

If you qualify for Lifeline and ACP benefits and you live in Colorado, you may be eligible for a FREE device and free monthly wireless service from TruConnect.

Find out how to apply and qualify for the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program benefits below. 

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What is the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?

The ACP is an FCC (Federal Communication Commission) benefit program that helps eligible households afford and access connectivity needed for work, education, healthcare, and more. 

The ACP offers a monthly discount of up to $30 (up to $75 if you’re living on qualified Tribal land) on your monthly broadband services if your household is eligible.

Part of the ACP benefits includes a one-time discount of up to $100 toward an internet-capable connected device like a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You are required to pay a co-pay between $10-$50 towards the connected device.


What is the Lifeline Program?

Lifeline is designed to lower the cost of your monthly phone or broadband internet service. If your household is eligible for Lifeline, you’ll receive a $9.25 discount on your monthly phone, internet, or bundled services.

If you live on qualifying Tribal lands, you’ll receive a discount of up to $34.25.


How To Get Free Phone Service in Colorado

You could be eligible for a FREE Android smartphone, and free monthly phone service, including data, texts, and international calls from TruConnect.

TruConnect's app, MyTruConnect, allows you to easily manage your account, earn rewards, and top-ups as needed.

Apply today and see if you qualify for a Lifeline and ACP plan with TruConnect


How Do I Qualify for ACP and Lifeline in Colorado?

Qualifying for Lifeline and ACP is based on income or program participation, keep reading to find out if you might qualify.


Qualifying Programs for ACP

If you or a member of your household participates in one of the following government assistance programs, you're eligible for the ACP benefit:

  • Lifeline
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Housing Assistance, including:
    • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
    • Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/Section 202/ Section 811
    • Public Housing
    • Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Tribal TANF
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Tribal Head Start (income based)


Qualifying Income for ACP

If your household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you are eligible for the ACP. The income eligibility chart for ACP qualifications can be found below:

Household Size

48 States, DC, & Territories

Alaska Hawaii
1 $29,160 $36,420 $33,540
2 $39,440 $49,280 $45,360


$62,140 $57,180


$75,000 $69,000
For each additional person add: $10,280 $12,860




Qualifying Programs for Lifeline

If a member of your household participates in one of the following government programs, your household qualifies for Lifeline.

  1. SNAP

  2. Medicaid

  3. SSI

  4. FPHA

  5. Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

  6. Tribal assistance programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (if you qualify by income), Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.


Qualifying Income for Lifeline

Consumers may qualify for the Lifeline program if they have a gross household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

The table below reflects 135% of the 2024 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Household Size

48 States, DC, & Territories

Alaska Hawaii
1 $20,331 $25,394 $23,369
2 $27,594 $34,479 $31,725


$43,565 $40,082


$52,650 $48,438
For each additional person add: $7,263 $9,086



Note: The Federal Poverty Guidelines are adjusted annually, and the above chart reflects guidelines for 2024. This chart does not pertain to California.


Apply for the Lifeline Program in Colorado

Apply for Lifeline online today.


Apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program in Colorado

Apply to the ACP benefit online now.


Qualify for Health First in Colorado

Colorado’s Medicaid program, a federal and state-funded health insurance program, is called Health First. If you qualify for Health First, this may make you eligible for the Lifeline Assistance Program and the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Visit the Health First website to learn more.


FAQs on Lifeline and ACP Benefits

Are the Affordable Connectivity Program and the Lifeline phone programs legitimate?

Yes. Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) are both federally funded programs, administered through the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC). 


Is the ACP program permanent?

The ACP is part of a new, long-term 14-billion-dollar program designed to help low-income households gain access to broadband services. 


How do I get a free US government phone?

The free phone doesn’t come from the government. TruConnect offers a free Android smartphone with our free ACP monthly phone service plans.  


Can you have ACP and Lifeline at the same time?

Yes, if you qualify for both programs. 


Is EBB and Lifeline the same program?

No, they are different programs. Lifeline is a monthly discount on phone or broadband, or bundled voice/broadband services. The EBB was a separate benefit program that has been replaced with the ACP. The ACP offers a monthly discount on broadband services, along with a one-time discount on an internet-capable device. If you qualify for Lifeline, you also qualify for the ACP, though you will still need to enroll.