Safelink Wireless Free Cell Phones

The original, and the largest provider can give you a phone and 250 minutes and 1,000 minutes each month. In 38 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

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SafeLink Wireless, a Tracfone company, is the largest, oldest and best known of the companies that offer free cell phones through the government’s Lifeline phone service program. They have millions of customers in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

If you qualify under the Lifeline Assistance program guidelines, you will be able to get a free cell phone and up to 250 minutes of airtime and 1,000 texts each month for free plans vary according to state). After one year, if you are still eligible for the phone, you simply need to re-certify. It’s unfortunate, but with the way the economy is going, it seems many people will get several years of use from the phone.

Do you qualify?

Are you eligible for a new Safelink Wireless phone number? Be aware that guidelines vary by state but you’ll probably qualify if you participate in a public assistance program such as any of the following:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
  • State assistance programs (check your state).

If you don’t receive any of these public assistance benefits, you may also qualify if your total household gross monthly income is low enough.

Safelink Wireless is free and there’s no contract to sign. Just submit your Safelink application online or by traditional methods. It’s really very quick and easy.

Here’s a look at all the features you can get with a free SafeLink Wireless cell phone:

  1. Free popular features such as Caller Id, Call Waiting and Voicemail.
  2. International long distance.
  3. Unused minutes carry-over (depending on which plan you select).
  4. Your handset will remain active for one year upon shipment.
  5. You can use all TracFone Airtime cards.
  6. You can use all TracFone Airtime cards.

NOTE: TracFone Airtime Cards are now available at Wal-Mart, CVS, Kmart, Target, Radio Shack, Walgreens, Rite Aid stores, Family Dollar and Dollar General. You can also buy minutes online.

Safelink Wireless offers three free plans, and you can buy addon’s for plans with more airtime. Here is a snapshot of the free plans:

  Free Monthly Minutes Included in Plan Unused Minutes Carryover Each Month Text Message Charge* Free International Long Distance Voicemail

Caller ID

Call Waiting
Plan 1 68 in all states (80 in MA) Yes 18.5 Texts/1 Minute Yes Yes
Plan 2 125 Yes 10 Texts/1 Minute No Yes
Plan 3 250 No** 5 Texts/1 Minute No Yes


Now, while the free plan limits you to 250 minutes per month, you can get more. We’ve thoroughly covered this subject on our page, Safelink Wireless/Tracfone Minutes. And, you’ll be able to get some VERY GOOD deals with Tracfone promo code.

There are many detractors of this company on the web, calling it the “Safelink Wireless Scam,” but since they are the original wireless company participating in the Lifeline program, they are simply taking the heat for those against this public assistance program. It’s a bonafide Lifeline service vendor and they can assist you if you are in need. Call Safelink Wireless Customer Service today, if you live in one of the states they serve.

Contact Safelink Wireless:
9700 N.W. 112th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Enrollment and Plan Changes Support: 1-800-977-3768
Technical Support Only: 1-800-378-1684

Please note: there are almost a dozen other companies that participate in the free cell phone program. You should take a look at all free cell phone providers before making a decision.

Further Reading on Safelink Wireless

Great news for America’s poor: Price wars hit the free government cell phone market - Safelink Wireless and Assurance Wireless, the two biggest names in the free government cell phone business, attempt to attract more customers by offering bonus minutes and texts to new customers.
How many free government cell phones are out there?
Who are the biggest providers?
- How many free government cell phones are out there? Ten million, twenty million? Who are the biggest Lifeline phone providers?
Free government cell phone companies boosting number of free talk minutes and free texts
- Good news for consumers! Top Lifeline phone companies are now attempting to lure in more customers with more free talk and more free texts.
Free government cell phone companies could be fined millions of dollars for violations (CORRECTED) - After announcing last year that the free government cell phone program is plagued by fraud and waste, the FCC has now followed up by proposing millions of dollars in fines on Lifeline service providers.
Free government cell phones program expanding into internet smartphones - Lifeline Assistance, instead of giving its customers basic free cell phones, Lifeline Assistance companies will soon begin offering internet-capable smartphones.
Get a free government cell phones thanks to the world’s richest man - America’s free government cell phone program, and the low income Americans who benefit from it, owe a huge debt of gratitude to the world's richest man, Carlos Slim.
Federal Government’s Free Cell Phone Program Cuts into Prepaid Cell Phone Industry Sales - Lifeline Assistance is burgeoning and giving stiff competition to the prepaid cell phone industry.
Free Cell Phones from the Government Chip Away at Prepaid Mobile Phone Market - The free cell phones from the government program is exploding. In fact, it is growing so fast that it's eating into the prepaid wireless phone business.
Now get help with government cell phones on Facebook - In order to better serve our readers, we are changing the way we handle support requests. While we still take questions via email, we now prefer to answer them on our Facebook page.
Who’s More Popular – Assurance Wireless, Safelink, or ReachOut Wireless? - Last month, we examined the subscriber growth rates of the big three free government cell phone vendors by looking at their Lifeline revenues. It showed that Safelink Wireless had almost double the subscriber count of its closest competitor, Assurance Wireless. Safelink had an estimated 3,774,109 subscribers, and Assurance had an estimated 1,837,700 subscribers. In third […]


  1. deborah a kehrer says

    I tried to check the status of application and it said id number not valid the number is 17911805. I applied on june 18th and emailed a copy of snap card at the same time. Please email me, how long untill I hear something. Thank you.

  2. Mercury V Simanovicki says

    I’m trying to get a low income phone with free minutes each month. How do I know if I qualify or not?

  3. edna baker says

    I apply for a phone I put my child get free lunch I want to change it to Medicaid I have a photo of the Medicaid card how can I change it o n my application

  4. Lenard Reynolds says

    Thank you for offering this, I,M DISABLED and need a phone so I can get help when needed, It Is like a saftey line I will feel much more secure when I GET THE PHONE GOD BLESS YOU. Sincererly Lenard Reynolds

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Safelink’s contact info is right on this page, above, near the end of the article.

  5. Jessie says

    I am not getting my free 125 minutes a month, since I had to get another phone, called all the numbers all I get is automatic people.

  6. Todd Ellithorpe says

    hello i lost my phone i have try to call you more then once no word back like to get a new phone

  7. lakisha colson says

    I’m not getting my free 250 monthly minutes every month unless I call to get them put on my phone.

  8. Gil says

    Safelink I have a hard time getting some one in person to help me with my problem and I get the running around Costumer Service Sucks

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