Will I be able to send and receive text messages with my free government cell phone? How much does it cost?

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It depends on which free government cell phone you get. If you get one that supports SMS, you’ll be able to send and receive text messages.

Costs may vary depending on which service provider you select, but each SMS message sent or received should consume about one third of a minute. Other plans may consume as much as one minute per text.

Check with your service provider for specific details of their programs.

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  1. Julia says

    Hello! I have recently received a SafeLink Cell Phone and I know I can send texts but I cannot receive texts.. or I can’t make calls or receive calls either… What can I do and What does this mean??

    Thank you,
    Julia

  2. pamela says

    The contract says that I have free texts, but after I get my minutes (250) I try to text and the response says because of low balance, my text didnt go thru. Seems like the only way I can text is if I put money on the phone.

  3. Cece says

    I asked to change my package to free talk and text and got a message back that said ok and it would be working on the 27th of Sept. It is not. I keep getting a message that says your balance is too low. I saw this on your ad on the TV- FREE TALK AND TEXT-250 minutes for both. Am I understanding ths wrong? ???????????

  4. Alexandria says

    Hey
    my boyfriend and I was wondering if it takes minutes from his government phone if he text’s someone and receives messages from the other person. Because it charges him whenever he has to go to his voice mail or call someone he looses hours on his phone.
    We would like to find out if it’s unlimited for texting so He can save on minutes because the government gives him so meany amount of minutes a month.
    Because we are about to get our apartment by the end of this month and we need to be able to contact people about our apartment and when we can move into our place.

    -Alex

  5. Kathy says

    I got a message this morning on my safelink phone that said CLEARLY THAT I COULD use TEXT (sms) messaging completely FREE if I went to “www.safelink/sms” and YET there is NO INFO for this!

    (A) HOW can I receive FREE texting w/o charging my minutes (JUST AS THE PHONE MESSAGE CLEARLY indicated????

    (B) I certainly hope that YOUR text message did NOT take away from MY minutes!!!

    I ask for someone to call/text/email me with clarifiied-directions.

    Genuinely, Kindly–
    Thank You -
    KATHY

  6. Debby says

    I too got the message saying to go to Safelink.com/sms to get free text message minutes. Can’t find the link. I was under the impression that I got 250 free call minutes and 1000 free text minutes when I applied for the phone. So where are the 1000 free text minutes? Thank you…

  7. Debra Garza says

    I got on my phone that if I go to safelink.com/sms. That I can get free text message on my safelink cell phone.

  8. leitha curtis says

    I have the same problem as everybody else does. Why is it
    You tell us one thing, and then it. Turns out we can,t. So what give? The government want,s us to trust them but how can we when your telling us half truths and other stuff so hat give

  9. waymond perry says

    I have the same problem my phone says to go to safelink.com/sms to learn how to text from my phone at no extra cost but there is no info on that subject

  10. chris says

    i have at&t i can send and my girlfriend can receive texts from my phone to her safelink phone. all the sudden she can still send them to me but she cant receive texts from me. anybody else can send and receive texts to her safe link phone. i call att&t thinking it was my phone. its not! what gives? why cant she receive texts from me? and nobody touched any settings on either phone….

  11. Peggie Starks says

    Im trying to get information about the free talk and text for my phone but cant send or receive text messages. I’ve tried changing my plan but it didnt work. What’s the problem.?

  12. norma says

    ok, it says text messages from your cell at NO extra cost! Don’t know how? Learn at safelink.com/sms
    I can’t get NO where. Why the false info?
    ty Norma

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