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:
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

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.


  1. David says

    I applied for Safelink and have been on SSI and food stamps sadly for over 10 years but to get it They requested my SSI award letter which I misplaced and I wonder why can they just look up my equalization by social security number

  2. Kathleen j. Russo says

    I have the safelink phone for 5 to 6 yrs. My Battery has died. I’m in need for a new phone after so many years If my phone charges at all, I can get 1 call out or 1 in.. I had to go through 5 extentions And not one answer, The only one that seemed helpful, want’ed me to take out the battery and read the # unfortunatly since The past 4 years I can no longer see the # I understand if I use my phone time I still have use of 911 But with no battery time I don’t even have that … thanx O.B.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      They can’t supply a new battery unless you can give them a number so they know what to send you. You’ll have to have someone read it to you so you can write it down. Then call again. Or, go to Radio Shack or Best Buy or Amazon and see if they have one. Safelink isn’t going to give you one for free since it’s so old and is just worn out, so you’ll have to pay for one anyway.

  3. billy wyant says

    how come ply for a free phone and get it and i can,t get one i would like to know why you are turning me down for from geting a free phone from government that i try to get for my self this will be my first phone ever i do not have a phone that i can use i haft to get some one elice to call for me if i need to make a phone call

  4. barry woodall says

    Have been sick for about 7 months in and out of hospital during that time.would I be able to get this service?unemployed during this time.

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