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.

Compare Safelink Wireless with Other Lifeline Companies in Your State

There are many other free phone service providers you your state, Reachout Wireless is just one. In every state there are many options, often over a dozen companies to choose from. Plans and phone choices often vary substantially between providers and you owe it to yourself to look at them all. To compare plans, begin with our state-by-state free phone service page and click on your state to see what’s available.

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

Further Reading on Safelink Wireless

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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?
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- 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.
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  1. ESSAN C NGUESSAN says

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,

    I AM SENDING THIS MESSAGE THAT MY SAFE LINK WAS DISCONTINUED WITHOUT NOTIFING ME,IT HAD BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR ALMOST TWO MONTHS,HOWEVER,I AM RECEIVING FOOD STAMP AT WASHINGTON DC,I AM UNEMPLOYED FOR QUITE A WHILE,I WOULD LIKE TO RESTORE MY CREDIT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,FOR MORE INFORMATION,PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA MY E-MAIL ADDRESS LISTED ABOVE.THANK YOU,I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU.
    SINCERELY ESSAN CHARLES NGUESSAN.

  2. Sandra Miller says

    Hello! My cell phone has been fine until now. I charged it and it did not work. I thought it might be dead.
    Then I got a yellow card from Safelink and I thought that maybe I did not make enough calls last month.
    I called to see if they could help me start it, but I could only get automated operators.

  3. Morse Edward Stewart says

    To whom it may concern:

    Greetings,

    I got a message to update, then a message to disregard and now my phone is off line.

    I thought it had lost its charge so I recharged it but it is still is not working.

    I thought this was approved for a year and received this message last year:

    OTAP Mailing Code – 32110 from Oregon Public Utility Commission:

    “The Oregon Public Utility Commission sent me a letter dated October 23, 2013 saying I had been, “…Approved…for free cell phone from SAFELINK WIRELESS BY TRACPHONE…” Sincerely, OTAP/Lifeline Staff”

    I am 73 years old, a veteran, have quite a list if infirmaries and rely heavily on this phone for staying in contact with the VA Doctors.

    I request your help please,

    Morse Edward Stewart
    503 380-**** (Not working at this time)

  4. Ruth Archer says

    I applied for a free phone from a man sitting under a tent and was qualified for it and he told me that it would arrive in 5 to seven business days well that was several weeks ago and still no phone My husband has a heart problem and I need a phone when I call the phone # and tell them all the information they ask for it always says invalid.Please help me with this

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      The phones generally take longer than this to arrive. Did you have your paperwork? Call Safelink to check on it, but you might be on the phone for a long hold time.

  5. 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!!!!!!

  6. Parsley says

    how long did your phone last before’it died’ ? I’m trying to figure out which one of these services to use.. and so far the reviews on the first 2 sound scary….

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