Safelink Wireless Free Cell Phones

The original, and the largest provider can give you a phone and 250 minutes and 1,000 texts 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.

SPECIAL ALERT: For a limited time new customers who enroll in SafeLink will receive 500 minutes for the first 3 months of service. After 3 months, the program returns to the original 250-minute plan. This offer is limited and only for New Customers, it will expire after September 15th, 2014.

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 PlanUnused Minutes Carryover Each MonthText Message Charge*Free International Long DistanceVoicemail

Caller ID

Call Waiting
Plan 168 in all states (80 in MA)Yes18.5 Texts/1 MinuteYesYes
Plan 2125Yes10 Texts/1 MinuteNoYes
Plan 3250No**5 Texts/1 MinuteNoYes


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

Top 10 deals in free government cell phones - Most people think free is free and that's as good as it gets. But when it comes to free government cell phones, some free plans are better than others.
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.


    • Angela says

      You can call them and see how much for a replacement or you can buy one online or at a store. I saw one on Amazon for 4.99 and it’s a qwerty phone. If you buy one, call Safelink and tell the you want to transfer your number, minutes, and lifeline to the new tracfone. It takes about 24-48 hours for it to be completed.

    • Toni says

      Your son lost his phone. Do you also have a phone, if you do what happened to the rule of one phone per household.

  1. Esther Gallard says

    I sent in an application over a month ago. Your ofice says has not received it. And to reapply online. I worry about who has my information.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      If Safelink says they have not received it, they you should send them a new application. Or choose another provider for your state.

  2. Robyn Kyle says

    I would like to get a appalcation sent to p.o box 201 1386 springwood rd. Fincastle Va. I’am on food stamps ,medicare and Medicaid .Sorry about my typing my hands shake really bad . I would like to get a reply . thank-you Robyn Kyle

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      We can’t send you an application because we are not the phone company. You need to contact Safelink directly.

  3. george j cayer says

    hi i received a free phone a few monts ago and i noticed on it now that im not recevin my free time in the past 2 months whats goin on can any one help thanks i tried callin no luck

  4. Teresa Slack says

    I sent in my application the 3rd wk of June, I just checked the status and they are saying they haven’t received my application.

  5. Jannis Coley says

    I received a text message that my minutes had been added to my phone. The only problem is the minutes never showed up on my phone. What can I do?

  6. Jennifer DeGrazia says

    When I try to apply for a phone it says I have a pending application. This is impossible, as I just now heard about it :-/ How can I remedy this please? Thank you.

  7. Sean McGary says

    How long does it typically take to process an application (and hopefully get approved)?

    Also one of the questions in the Application (for the Low Income Housing) asks for my monthly & annual income & I just wanted to know if I’m supposed to put the amount prior to taxes being deducted, or the amount that I actually take home weekly?

    One last question, I know that some providers outsource their service to a larger cell phone provider (Ex: T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Etc…) and was wondering if Safelink outsources their service to another provider (possibly a larger provider) for their service in Florida?
    Thank you in advance for your help!!

  8. jared says

    I call them toll free numbers and its pry worst I’ve ever called!!!!! I need to get them to send me new phone but shouldn’t he this hard!!!!!!

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