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, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
SafeLink Wireless gives you the choice of enjoying free cell service on your own phone. Or you can apply to receive a new cell phone AND free service.
Safelink offers a variety of plans — one set for California, and a far less generous plan for residents of the other states it serves. (Before you ask, California residents get more of everything because the state pays an additional subsidy that other states don’t pay.)
- Unlimited talk, unlimited texts, 3GB data – Free
If you have a phone you’d like to use as your free government cell
phone, Safelink will provide you with the SIM card you need. You’ll also get: 350 Voice Minutes, unlimited texts, 3GB of Data – Free
- Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 3GB data, free smart phone – Free
- Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited data – Free
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)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
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.
Need more minutes?
Run out of minutes before the end of the month? No problem. TracFone Airtime Cards are 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 1,000 minutes per month (except in California, where the minutes are unlimited), 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