What About Free Cell Phones for Seniors?

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A lot of people end up on our site after searching for “free cell phones for seniors” or “free cell phones for senior citizens.” While there aren’t any special plans for seniors, they’ve come to the right place.

If you call any of the providers and ask if there is a special program for senior citizens, they’ll tell you no. They can’t discount a free cell phone below zero, and they don’t offer more minutes or features if you show your AARP card.

We’re not sure how the concept of free cell phones for seniors got its start. Perhaps it was due to local programs in counties and cities that hand out second-hand cell phones with no minutes, but are still 911-operable for emergencies. Any phone with a charge will be able to dial 911, even with no service, so some organizations collect old phones and give them away to seniors.

A recent story, 3,000,000 Middle Class Americans to be Eligible for Free Government Cell Phones, may have also contributed to the rumor. Thanks to a little-noticed clause in the nation’s new healthcare law, up to three million middle-class early retirees will qualify for free cell phones under the Lifeline phone service program.

Regardless, whatever your age, senior citizen or not, the qualifications for a free government cell phone (and up to 250 minutes airtime a month) are the same. Qualify either by your low-income status or current participation in another public assistance program like food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, public housing and others.

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  1. Majeed Aldamah says

    I got free TAG mobile before a couple month from Denver Human Service. but this mobile is complicated and its buttons are two small for senior people like me in addition of dead battery I call company on their
    phone No.866-959-4918 that stick on the mobile that I got to change or replace with another type . They
    promise me they send to me another type and I send them the old one, but till now (more than a month they didn’t any thing. So why this company did that?

    Majeed Aldamah
    720-737-0542

  2. c. johnson says

    A senior friend has moved into an apt. where the person before him had a safelink phone. This person that lived there before my friend did not change his address with safe link when he moved. Now when the friend of mine trys to get safe link phone he is refused because….( Some one at this Address has a phone with Safe Link) How does he get this other person OFF of his address with Safe Link and get the phone he NEEDS. He has tried to call safe link but gets no results. He lives alone and needs a phone. Please advise how to get the other person off of his address with safe link. He knows the mans name that lived at his address. He has advised the man who lived at the apt to call safe link and change his( the man who lived at the apt. before him) address. He has not done so. please help. thank you

    • Lisa says

      Maybe your friend can get a letter from his landlord/property manager on their business stationery stating that he is the sole legal and rent paying tenant of that apartment. It could state that there is no other person – including the prior tenent and specifically listing his name – living at at that address. Then send that to Safe Link along with photocopies of a couple of pieces of mail your friend received – maybe the top portion of bills with all of the account info blacked out.

  3. Arlene Cummings says

    I have had different cell phones like sprint, and pay as you go phones ever sinence I had a cell phone.

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