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).
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Plan
2.5GB data (promo only)
Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2.5GB data ALL FREE
California Lifeline Unlimited Plan
You’ll get a free smart phone PLUS unlimited talk AND unlimited text
California Lifeline Unlimited Plan + 2GB of data
Enroll in this plan and you’ll receive a free smart phone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, PLUS 2.5GB data
California Upgraded Device Plan + 2.5GB of data
It costs just $1 per month to get a free smart phone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, PLUS 2.5GB of data each month. (Editor’s note: This plan requires a $20 prepayment, so we can only assume that covers your service for $20 months.)
SafetyNet Wireless plans for residents of Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin:
Lifeline Basic – Get a free smartphone, 1000 minutes of talk, unlimited text, and 50MB of data each month (Editor’s note: This account requires a $25 activation fee.)
Lifeline Basic PLUS 500MB data – $6 per month gets you a free smart phone, 1000 minutes of talk, unlimited texting, PLUS 500MB of data. (Editor’s note: This account requires a $25 activation fee.)
Lifeline Unlimited – $10 per month gets you a free smart phone, unlimited talk, unlimited text, plus 500MB of data per month. (Editor’s note: This account requires a $25 activation fee.)
Lifeline Unlimited Text PLUS 1GB data – $10 per month gets you a free smart phone, 1000 minutes of talk, unlimited text plus 1GB of data. (Editor’s note: This account requires a $25 activation fee.)
Lifeline Unlimited Voice/Text PLUS 1GB data – $19.99 gets you a free smart phone, unlimited voice minutes, unlimited texting, plus 1GB of data each month. (Editor’s note: This account requires a $25 activation fee.)
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 $6,048 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
2323 Curlew Rd, Suite 7B
Dunedin, FL 34698 USA
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
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