Customers in other states get a FREE device, with FREE monthly Talk & Text (750 Talk/500 Text).
SafetyNet Wireless now offers government-subsidized cell phones through the FCC’s Lifeline phone service program. SafetyNet is now available in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. And we wouldn’t be at all surprised if other states are added in the near future.
SafetyNet is offering free phones and free minutes each month (offer varies by state) to qualifying US residents if you qualify under the Lifeline Assistance program guidelines (more on that below).
UNLIMITED MINUTES AND TEXTS PLUS DATA IN CALIFORNIA: California is the most competitive state for the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone program. A number of companies have already begun offering unlimited minutes and unlimited texts and SafetyNet is upping the offer by giving its customers 100 MB of data. All for free. The company offers considerably fewer minutes and texts and no data in other states.
Here are the various plans:
California LifeLine Unlimited Plan – $0/mo. – In addition to a free government cell phone, with this plan you get Unlimited Talk & Text — absolutely free.
California LifeLine Unlimited + 1GB Data Plan – $0/mo. – In addition to a free government cell phone, with this plan you get Unlimited Talk & Text + 1GB of Data EVERY month.
LifeLine Unlimited & 1.5 GB Data Plan – $1/mo. – For only a small fee ($1) each month you can upgrade your California LifeLine plan to have more data. This plan includes a free data-capable device and requires a pre-payment of $20.
California LifeLine BYOD (4 mo.) Promo** Plan + 6GB FREE – With this promotional plan you can bring your own device to SafetyNet Wireless and get Unlimited Talk & Text EVERY month, plus you’ll get 1.5GB free data for 4 months (total of 6GB – FREE)! **After 4 months, your plan will resume to the $0 plan include Unlimited Talk & Text and 1GB/month.
*Free international SMS is only available to customers that are activated on SafetyNet’s GSM network and with compatible devices.
Plans in Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
The plans outside of California are not as generous unfortunately, but still provide you with adequate service.
Lifeline Basic – You get 750 voice minutes and 500 texts per month. You cannot rollover unused minutes to the next month. No data.
Lifeline Unlimited – You get unlimited talk and unlimited text for $10 a month. However, this plan does not include data.
Lifeline Unlimited Text + 1GB Data – You get unlimited text, 500 talk, and 1GB of data for $10 a month.
Lifeline Unlimited Talk/Text + 1GB Data – Like the plan suggests, it includes unlimited talk and unlimited text plus 1GB of data for $20 a month.
Do you qualify?
There are two different ways to qualify for a free government cell phone from SafetyNet Wireless — you can qualify because you participate in another approved government assistance program, or you can qualify because your household income is low enough. Let’s review each plan:
Program Based Qualifications
You may qualify for a SafetyNet cell phone if you or someone in your household participates in one of the following state or federal government assistance programs:
In all states:
- 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)
Additional eligibility in California:
- CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
- Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
- Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
- Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
- Healthy Families Category A
The programs listed above are for California residents. Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin should check their state’s qualifying programs on our States page (click here).
Income Based Qualifications
The general rule of thumb in most states says that you qualify for a free government cell phone if your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guideline. That’s a complex formula that’s unintelligible to most people. So we’ll simplify things by showing you exactly what kind of total household income levels qualify depending on how many people live in that household.
|Income Based Eligibility for 135% States|
|Members in Household||Annual income|
|For each additional member add $5,832 annually|
That was for California, Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Michigan uses 150% (for a table on Michigan, click here)
Keep this in mind
SafetyNet is new to California and competes with many Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone providers in your state. SafetyNet may be exactly what you need, but we once again urge you to visit our States page to get a complete list of companies in your state.
Plans and phone choices often vary substantially between providers and you owe it to yourself to look at them all.
Contact SafetyNet Wireless
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Dunedin, FL 34698 USA
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