Other States: Free phone, 350 minutes and unlimited texts each month.
SafeLink Wireless is the largest, oldest and best known of the companies that offer free cell phones through the government’s Lifeline Assistance program. Millions of needy Americans in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are already talking and texting on Safelink cell phones.
Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, 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 (more about that below), you will be able to get the following:
California residents get all the best deals from all the free government cell phone companies. Why? Because California offers phone companies an additional monthly subsidy that’s even larger than the federal subsidy they receive in every other state. So they can afford to offer more minutes and more texts and sometimes even free data plans. Here’s what the California plan includes:
- Free Android Touch Screen Cell phone (Wi-Fi Connectivity & Data Compatible)
- Free Unlimited Voice, Text messages and 500Mb of Data each month
- Free Voicemail, Caller ID, 3-way calling 411 calling, 911 access and calls to 611 Customer Care
- No Contracts or Bills, you Pay nothing ever
All other states:
If you live in one of Safelink’s other 39 states, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, here’s what your Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone plan will include:
- Free cell phone
- 350 voice minutes (500 minutes for the first four months) and unlimited text messages each month
- No Contracts or Bills, you Pay nothing ever
Safelink offers two other plans to non-Californians, but they are — in our opinion — barely worth mentioning. One offers 68 minutes per month (80 in Massachusetts) and the other offers 125 minutes. They both allow you to roll-over unused minutes to the next month, but with that few minutes how many could you possibly have left over at the end of any month. These plans are clearly designed for folks who only use their phones in case of emergencies.
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)
- 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 call the Safelink number. 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:
- Free popular features such as caller ID, call waiting and voicemail.
- International long distance.
- Unused minutes carry-over (depending on which plan you select).
- Your handset will remain active for one year upon shipment (in other words, you must re-certify that you are eligible on an annual basis).
- You can use all TracFone Airtime cards.
And, of course, California residents not only get more minutes and texts, they get better cell phones, too. While customers everywhere else in the country get ordinary cell phones, California residents all receive Android smartphones.
Need more minutes?
Run out of minutes before the end of the month. No problem. 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.
While Safelink’s most generous free plan limits you to 350 minutes per month, you can purchase more minutes whenever you need them. 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.
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:
9700 N.W. 112th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Contact information for all states other than California:
For Enrollment and Plan Changes Support: 1-800-Safelink (723-3546)
For Technical Support ONLY: 1-800-378-1684
Contact information for California:
Phone: 800-SafeLink (1-800-723-3546)
California FAQ: https://tracfone.solixcs.com/TracFoneWeb/en/index2.html#/faq